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June hogs reversed upward, buy breaks for now

To “Read” Walt’s charts, keep the following in mind: Support – this term refers to a trend line or price area under the market which is expected to hold the market from potential decline. Resistance– a price area or trend line above the market that is expected to prevent or stall price increases. Trend lines

Needles & Sins: Sloppy vaccination protocols can jeopardize herd health, welfare, returns

Read more articles on Pig Health Today Innocent but often costly mistakes happen when vaccines aren’t properly stored, handled or administered. Pig Health Today talked with an Illinois producer who lost 30 market hogs following a vaccination slip-up. We also checked in with the producer’s veterinarian and three other experts about what producers can

Nashville, TN is the Destination for 2018 IL Pork Leadership Institute

The Illinois Pork Leadership Institute (IPLI) provides an opportunity for young men and women to become actively involved in the pork industry and network among peers. IPLI, sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), is administered by the IPPA Youth Committee.   IPLI is a 4 day trip that focuses on leadership, citizenship, and

Genesus Global Market Report, USA Hog Markets

Market Report USA Allan Bentley – US Sales, Genesus Genetics   During March the lean hog index lost $14.00, that is $10.00/ cwt on a live basis. June futures lost about $8.00 during the same time April futures declined by $15.00 during March. This is in part the result of politics crossing the same road

U.S. Red Meat Exports Maintain Strong Pace in January

January exports of U.S. beef and pork were up significantly year-over-year, maintaining the solid momentum established in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports totaled 96,488 metric tons (mt), up 17 percent from a year ago, valued at $515.5 million

From feed to fever: Kansas State University researcher studies risk of African swine fever in feed

Megan Niederwerder, Kansas State University assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, is involved in a new study that examines the ability of African swine fever virus to spread through imported feed and feed ingredients. The study will help researchers and pork producers prevent the spread of the highly contagious and costly animal disease. If

Retailers setting their sights on pain management in pig production

Read more articles on Pig Health Today Although antibiotics and sow housing have remained center stage in recent years, retailers are increasingly are putting pressure on producers to address pain management as part of their responsible-sourcing policies. In 2014, for example, Starbucks announced it would require pain mitigation with physical castration throughout their supply

Insect Meal: An Alternative Protein Source in Swine Diets

There has been increasing interest in using insect meal as an alternative protein source in animal diets. Hannah Bailey, a Ph. D. student in the Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory, reviews studies on the nutrient composition and amino acid digestibility of black soldier fly (BSF) larvae meal, palatability, and growth performance of pigs fed BSF meal.

AVMA Seeks Comment on Revised Model Veterinary Practice Act

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) is a cornerstone policy that is used as a primary resource during the writing and review of veterinary practice acts across the United States. It also includes the AVMA’s definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. Veterinarians and other interested parties have a unique opportunity to have

Chinese Retaliation On U.S. Pork Exports Will Harm The Rural Economy

The National Pork Producers Council warned that possible Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork could have a significant negative impact on rural America. China has indicated it will impose the duties in response to U.S. tariffs and restrictions – announced today – being placed on a host of Chinese goods.   “We sell a lot of

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