Alltech Acquires Ridley Inc. to Strengthen Global Leadership Position in Commercial Animal Nutrition

Alltech Acquires Ridley Inc. to Strengthen Global Leadership Position in Commercial Animal Nutrition

Combined Company to be a Global Leader in Animal Health and Nutrition with Annual Revenues in Excess of USD $1.6 Billion Alltech and Ridley Inc. (TSX: RCL) (“Ridley”) announced today that they have entered into a plan of arrangement...

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Knowledge of Science Key to Avoiding the Myths Circulating Through Social Media

Knowledge of Science Key to Avoiding the Myths Circulating Through Social Media

Farmscape for April 22, 2015 Full Interview Listen The director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University says people need to pay attention to who they listen to, to avoid fall prey to the scam artists....

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NPPC Welcomes Legislation To Renew TPA

NPPC Welcomes Legislation To Renew TPA

Calling it imperative for finalizing free trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create U.S. jobs, the National Pork Producers Council welcomed today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation granting the president trade promotion authority (TPA) and urged its quick approval...

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Bovine Plasma Effective in Starter Diets

Bovine Plasma Effective in Starter Diets

For over 25 years, Spray Dried Plasma (SDP) has been used in pig starter diets. A wide array of research shows that SDP has beneficial effects on feed intake, growth and feed efficiency of pigs during the stressful post-weaning...

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Pork Checkoff Continues to Focus Research on Sow Productivity

Pork Checkoff Continues to Focus Research on Sow Productivity

by Chris Hostetler Ask a pork producer about sow productivity and he or she will often point to pigs per sow per year, with 30 as the target. However, that measure tells a limited story, largely because it doesn’t...

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Topigs Norsvin introduces online Sow Feed Monitor

Topigs Norsvin introduces online Sow Feed Monitor

Topigs Norsvin introduces “a first of it’s kind” online Sow Feed Monitor. The Topigs Norsvin Sow Feed Monitor is an online tool that offers nutritionists and farmers the possibility to make a comparison between the average sow herd condition...

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Purdue webinar to provide latest PEDv information

Purdue webinar to provide latest PEDv information

Improved measures for prevention and treatment have helped slow the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea, but the virus remains a significant threat, a Purdue University swine specialist said. Allan Schinckel, professor of animal sciences, said any hog exposed to...

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MSP[RS]® Resistant Starch has a prebiotic effect for digestive health.

MSP[RS]® Resistant Starch has a prebiotic effect for digestive health.

Excerpt from MSP Resistant Starch Advertorial: The swine industry continues to evaluate alternative ways to control and manage the microbial ecosystem to ensure a sustainable, environmentally friendly approach to pork production. A most promising method is the modulation of...

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Gènes Diffusion acquires ReproQuest and Expands Global Presence with new U.S. Subsidiary – GenePro, Inc.

Gènes Diffusion acquires ReproQuest and Expands Global Presence with new U.S. Subsidiary – GenePro, Inc.

Gènes Diffusion, a leading global animal reproductive company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ReproQuest. ReproQuest is a veterinary biotech company specializing in the development, manufacture, and sale of artificial insemination products for swine. For nearly a decade,...

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BIVI Awards Second $50,000 in Grants for PED Data Sharing Programs

BIVI Awards Second $50,000 in Grants for PED Data Sharing Programs

UC Davis, Iowa State University and Univ. of Minnesota recipients of grant For the second year, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), has awarded $50,000 in Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) research grants. This year’s grants will again be shared by...

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Forward Pricing Recommended to Ease Down Pressure on Live Hog Prices

Forward Pricing Recommended to Ease Down Pressure on Live Hog Prices

Farmscape for April , 2015 Full Interview 5:57 Listen The director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services suggests pork producers can mitigate some of the downward price pressure on live hogs by forward pricing. The normal seasonal spring rally in live hog prices has gotten off to a disappointingly slow start this year as

Illinois Pork Leadership Institute Trip June 28 – July 1 2015

Illinois  Pork Leadership Institute Trip June 28 – July 1 2015

The 2015 IPLI trip promises to be packed with action, learning and fun!  If you’re a student ages 16-22 and are interested in attending the Illinois Pork Leadership Institute trip, register now to assure your spot!   Trip will be June 28 – July 1 and making stops at Fair Oaks Farms, Commodity and Ingredient

Western Hog Exchange Market Commentary, April 27th 2015

Western Hog Exchange Market Commentary, April 27th 2015

Recording Click this link to download/play recording in MP3 format. Transcript Hog futures are trading higher in all months at midday, still finding support this week from concerns about bird flu and a lower US dollar. Cash hog bids are expected to be steady to narrowly higher on hopes for stronger demand ahead. Cash prices

Full Year: Boehringer Ingleheim’s Sales Down 5%, Net Income Down 21%

Full Year: Boehringer Ingleheim’s Sales Down 5%, Net Income Down 21%

Source: Boehringer Ingleheim news release To view the complete report, click here. With numerous marketing authorizations for medicines and product launches in 2014, the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim is now positioned for future growth. “After a challenging 2014, the focus for us now is on launching numerous additional new products and on our profitability,”

1st Qtr: Eli Lilly’s Sales Down 1%, Net Income Down 27%

1st Qtr: Eli Lilly’s Sales Down 1%, Net Income Down 27%

To view the complete report, click here. “While our first-quarter revenue reflects the impact of foreign exchange headwinds and the lingering effects of U.S. patent expirations for Cymbalta and Evista, Lilly remains on track to return to growth in 2015 driven by excellent progress in our innovation-based strategy,” said John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., Lilly’s chairman,

Dr. Christine Pelland from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services,How Will We Manage Disease With Reduced Access to Antimicrobials?

Dr. Christine Pelland from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services,How Will We Manage Disease With Reduced Access to Antimicrobials?

The regulatory approach to the use of antimicrobials in food animal production is clearly changing and it is expected that access to antimicrobials as a production tool will become increasingly limited. This research is a bit unusual in that it was based on the polling of 111 pig health experts from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany,

Why Do Some Sows Get Hammered With PRRS More Than Others?

Why Do Some Sows Get Hammered With PRRS More Than Others?

There is a considerable body of science that now supports the genetic components of PRRS respiratory disease resistance in the growing pig. The objective of this study was to explore how genetics affects the response to  field case of PRRS in a commercial multiplier sow herd. The researchers looked at antibody response as well as

Ron Plain Hog Outlook, The University Of Missouri, April 27th 2015

Ron Plain Hog Outlook, The University Of Missouri, April 27th 2015

There were 669 million pounds of pork in cold storage at the end of March. That is the third most for any month, ever. But, it is 2.6% less than the month before and thus encouraging news. Earlier this year, labor issues at west coast docks had slowed exports and caused a built-up in stocks.

NPPC Capital Update for the week of April 24th 2015

NPPC Capital Update for the week of April 24th 2015

FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 24, 2015   TPA APPROVED BY SENATE, HOUSE COMMITTEES; HEADS TO FLOORS FOR FINAL VOTES “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” more commonly known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), this week passed through committees in both houses of Congress, without significant amendments. The TPA legislation defines

Providing Pigs Environmental Enrichments Offers Range of Benefits

Providing Pigs Environmental Enrichments Offers Range of Benefits

Full Interview 8:07 Listen Farmscape for April 24, 2015 A scientist with the Saskatoon based Prairie Swine Centre says research has shown the use of environmental enrichments can be highly effective in promoting calm in the swine barn. Under Canada’s revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pig those who raise pigs

Chipotle’s Bad News Adds Uncertainty That Is Not Worth The Price

Chipotle’s Bad News Adds Uncertainty That Is Not Worth The Price

Source: Yahoo Finance Concerns over a shortage of pork drove shares of Chipotle lower before the opening bell Wednesday. The Mexican food chain has been facing a shortage since January when it suspended a major supplier over animal welfare concerns. The suspension may have signaled that the company is focusing more on food ingredients and

Alltech Acquires Ridley Inc. to Strengthen Global Leadership Position in Commercial Animal Nutrition

Alltech Acquires Ridley Inc. to Strengthen Global Leadership Position in Commercial Animal Nutrition

Combined Company to be a Global Leader in Animal Health and Nutrition with Annual Revenues in Excess of USD $1.6 Billion Alltech and Ridley Inc. (TSX: RCL) (“Ridley”) announced today that they have entered into a plan of arrangement agreement under which Alltech will acquire 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Ridley, one of