Drive Toward Heavier Hog Weights Improves Profitability

Drive Toward Heavier Hog Weights Improves Profitability

Farmscape for November 26, 2014 Full Interview 6:13 Listen The manager of applied meat science with PIC North America says heavier finishing weights have helped improve the profitability of North American pork production.  The Trend Towards Heavier Pigs and...

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Scientists Examine Dynamics of Influenza Infection in Swine Populations

Scientists Examine Dynamics of Influenza Infection in Swine Populations

Farmscape for November 25, 2014 Full Interview 11:57 Listen An epidemiologist with the University of Guelph is confident, by gaining a better understanding of influenza, scientists will be better equipped to deal with more complex viral infections. Scientists working...

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National Pork Board Funds New Swine Health Information Center

National Pork Board Funds New Swine Health Information Center

Entity to Focus on Preparing for Future Disease Threats At its regularly scheduled November meeting, the National Pork Board’s board of directors approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center. The new, autonomous venture will focus its...

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Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2014 Audio Special for November 19, 2014

Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2014 Audio Special for November 19, 2014

Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2014 Audio Special – Andy Vance, a journalist with Feedstuffs, discusses “Messaging and Consumers:  Understanding the Ag Advocacy Problem” Andy Vance 10:55 Listen -Dr. Mark Jacobson, a doctor of veterinary medicine with Warman Veterinary Services,...

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Smithfield Farmland Launches New Premium All Natural Fresh Pork Line

Smithfield Farmland Launches New Premium All Natural Fresh Pork Line

Smithfield Farmland is introducing PRIME, a premium, All Natural Fresh Pork line that raises the bar for fresh pork under both their Smithfield and Farmland brands. “Smithfield Farmland PRIME is a product of the USA that is sourced from...

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South Dakota State to receive NIH grant to study new influenza virus

South Dakota State to receive NIH grant to study new influenza virus

Two South Dakota State University researchers will examine a new influenza virus that affects cattle and pigs through a two-year, $393,530 National Institutes of Health grant. Professor Feng Li transfers the cell culture into individual wells of a 96-well...

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Ample feeder space benefits slow growing pigs in nursery phase

Ample feeder space benefits slow growing pigs in nursery phase

Pigs that grow significantly slower than their contemporaries are problematic to pork producers because of animal well-being concerns and reduced profitability. In All-In-All-Out production systems, these pigs do not reach desirable slaughter weights at the same time as their...

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NPPC Calls for Congressional Action on M-COOL to Avoid Retaliatory Tariffs

NPPC Calls for Congressional Action on M-COOL to Avoid Retaliatory Tariffs

Farmscape for November 10, 2014 Full Interview 9:16 Listen The U.S. based National Pork Producers Council is calling on Congress to bring Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling into compliance with its international trade obligations before the World Trade Organization...

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Ralco Completes Construction of Swine Research Facilities

Ralco Completes Construction of Swine Research Facilities

Rapid Growing Agriculture Company Begins Swine Research in Two Newly Constructed Facilities Furthering its mission to perfect technologies for a safe and abundant global food supply, Ralco is pleased to announce the completion of a 1,200-head swine nursery and...

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PED Expected to be major Factor Influencing Live Hog Prices this Winter

PED Expected to be major Factor Influencing Live Hog Prices this Winter

Farmscape for November 5, 2014   Full Interview 9:06 Listen The director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services expects the effects of PED to be the biggest factor affecting hog prices over the next six months. Live hog...

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Study to Examine Benefits of Water Sprinkling and Ventilation Fans in Reducing Heat Stress During Transport

Study to Examine Benefits of Water Sprinkling and Ventilation Fans in Reducing Heat Stress During Transport

Farmscape for November 27, 2014   Full Interview 22:18 Listen Researchers working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc plan to assess the value of equipping pot-belly trailers with water sprinklers in combination with cooling fans at the packing plant to reduce heat stress on pigs during transport. In an effort to reduce the risk of

Feeding value and energy prediction of DDFS with variable oil content

Feeding value and energy prediction of DDFS with variable oil content

Fangzhou Wu, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Lee Johnston, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN Pedro Urriola, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Adrienne Hilbrands, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN Gerald Shurson, Dept. of Animal Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Corn distillers

Drive Toward Heavier Hog Weights Improves Profitability

Drive Toward Heavier Hog Weights Improves Profitability

Farmscape for November 26, 2014 Full Interview 6:13 Listen The manager of applied meat science with PIC North America says heavier finishing weights have helped improve the profitability of North American pork production.  The Trend Towards Heavier Pigs and the Effect on Profitability was among the topics discussed last week in Saskatoon as part of

Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

Brazil, the largest pork producer in Latin America, struck a body blow to inhumane sow gestation crates today with two major announcements. First, BRF, Brazil’s largest pork producer, announced that it will eliminate the lifelong confinement of breeding sows in gestation crates on company-owned and contract farms – a move expected to affect more than

A-FAN works to expand Nebraska’s livestock industry

A-FAN works to expand Nebraska’s livestock industry

Source: Brownfield When you think about the livestock industry in Nebraska, the beef industry is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Willow Holoubek, executive director of the A-FAN, says there’s plenty of opportunity to expand other livestock sectors as well. “Beef is our foundation,” Holoubek says, “but the pork, dairy and poultry

Hormel Foods to closeCalifornia plant

Hormel Foods to closeCalifornia plant

A Hormel Foods factory in Stockton in California is set to close in February, the US group has announced. The company told just-food it expects the site, which makes products including Hormel chilli and Dinty Moore stew, to shut at the end of February. Hormel said production would move to other sites in the US.

Despite hard times, Danish bonus will be 9.5p a kilo

Despite hard times, Danish bonus will be 9.5p a kilo

Danish Crown has ended the financial year with revenue similar to the previous 12 months at £6.17 billion but profit was down from £215m to £212m. Its payout to pig-keepers is expected to be 9.5p a kilo for slaughter pigs and 8.5p a kilo for sows. “The past year has been very challenging due to

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Blog from CW Pork, MN Agriculture: Hugoson Pork, Five Generations Later, November 27th 2014

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Blog from CW Pork, MN Agriculture: Hugoson Pork, Five Generations Later, November 27th 2014

Hi, My name is Wanda Patsche and I live in southern rural Minnesota. I am  a wife, mom and grandmother and have 5 grandchildren. My husband and I farm corn, soybeans and raise hogs. I am passionate about agriculture and rural life living.  My ultimate goal is to give an accurate picture of today’s farms and

Genesus Global Market Report, Mexico Hog Markets, November 26th 2014

Genesus Global Market Report, Mexico Hog Markets, November 26th 2014

Mexico Hog Markets Genesus Mexico Carlos A. Peralta – President & R. Carlos Rodríguez – Vice-president cperalta@genesus.com USA pork meat imports still increasing and affecting the Mexican pork industry. November grain prices in Mexico as follow: Corn at $2,990 Mx/Ton ($215.11 USD), 11% below previous month. Sorghum $ 2,510 Mx/Ton ($180.58 USD), 22.5% below October

Stepped Up Biosecurity Among Manure Applicators Successful in Containing Spread of PED

Stepped Up Biosecurity Among Manure Applicators Successful in Containing Spread of PED

Farmscape for November 26, 2014 Full Interview 10:19 Listen The executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative credits the efforts of the province’s swine manure applicators for helping contain any spread of PED. The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative has been working with swine manure applicators to help them reduce the risks of

Uncertainty Over PED Expected to Result in Volatile Hog Markets Heading into 2015

Uncertainty Over PED Expected to Result in Volatile Hog Markets Heading into 2015

Farmscape for November 25, 2014 Full Interview 5:40 Listen A financial services officer with AgStar Financial Services says the biggest influence affecting the North American hog market moving into 2015 will be whether or not we see an increase in the number of cases of PED as the weather turns colder. “Economic Trends and Challenges

Ohio Farmers testify in support of agritourism bill

Ohio Farmers testify in support of agritourism bill

Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules recently to testify about an agritourism bill that is based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau. Testifying before the Senate Civil Justice Committee were Kari Burkey of Muskingum County, Jonathan Lohstroh of Madison County and Andy Lynd of Licking County. Some excerpts from