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Healthy, stress-free GI tract is key to pigs’ long-term health

Read more articles on Pig Health Today https://pighealthtoday.com/ A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract is inextricably linked to the nervous system and is generally a strong predictor of a pig’s overall health, said a research veterinarian who specializes in animal neuroscience. Most people don’t see a connection between the GI tract and the nervous system, but

Saskatchewan Hopeful CPTPP Will Positively Influence NAFTA Negotiations

Farmscape for February 6, 2018 Full Interview 6:52 Listen The Executive Director of the Trade and Value Added Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is hopeful the new CPTPP will positively influence the renegotiation of NAFTA. Canada and 10 others nations are set to formally sign a new Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade

Iowa Pig Farmer Appointed America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Leon Sheets to fill national role   The National Pork Board has named Leon Sheets, a pig farmer from Ionia, Iowa, as America’s Pig Farmer of the Year® for the remainder of 2017-18 program year. The previous winner, Leslie McCuiston, stepped down after taking a new position in the agricultural industry where she will not

All-Time Record Pork Production Set In December

The USDA says pork production during December was a new all-time monthly high, at 2.235 billion pounds. That’s up 1% on the year with three pound gain in the average live weight to 286 pounds cancelling out a slight decline in the monthly slaughter to 10.461 million head. Beef production was down 1% at 2.148

Trade Remains the Wild Card Influencing North American Hog Markets

Farmscape for January 23, 2018 Full Interview 8:39 Listen The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services warns the wild card when it comes to North American hog markets continues to be on the trade front. The Canadian government is currently involved in trade negotiations on two fronts, the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership and

U.S. Pig Farmers Receive Outstanding 25:1 Return on Pork Checkoff Investments

Annual producer survey also shows 91 percent support for Pork Checkoff U.S. pork producers receive a positive return on their Checkoff investment, according to a 2017 study conducted and released by Harry Kaiser, the Gellert Family Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University. Additionally, 91 percent of pig farmers who

Iowa State Develops New Crush Margin App for Hog and Cattle Producers

Livestock producers who purchase feeder cattle or weaned pigs plus the feed, and then sell finished animals at a specific point in time, take on a significant amount of both input and output price risk. Feeder cattle, weaned pig and feed prices account for a significant share of the total input cost and along with

USDA Issues: “Livestock, Dairy And Poultry Outlook” Report

Source: USDA news release To view the complete report, click here. The Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook for December 2017 analyzes economic impacts on animal product markets of month-to-month changes in USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates.

Iowa Pork Producers Association announces 2018 Iowa Pork Congress

The Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be held on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference will feature nine new seminars, a keynote address, 300 exhibitors, training sessions, fun social events and exciting youth activities.   “Pork

Thousands of pigs dead in Emmet County barn fire

Source: ITVI Six fire departments worked together for nearly seven hours to battle a fire which destroyed three hog barns and left thousands of pigs dead in Emmet County. An Assistant Fire Chief says the fire was reported around 1:30am, southeast of Dolliver. When firefighters arrived, the center building was completely engulfed in flames. Fire was coming

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