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Smithfield Foods Releases Latest Section of 2017 Sustainability Report, Shares New Programs and Companywide Commitment to Food Safety and Quality

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. released the Food Safety and Quality section of its 2017 Sustainability Report, which provides robust information about the company’s leading approach to producing safe, high-quality products. This section focuses on programs and achievements that underscore a culture of food safety, and highlights new product offerings that reflect Smithfield’s transformation into a

Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio in Pig Diets Established by New Study

  The amount of digestible calcium included in pig diets has a direct impact on phosphorus digestibility, but the optimum ratio between the two minerals has not yet been found. In a recent study from the University of Illinois, scientists have established a first approximation of that ratio for 25 to 50 kilogram pigs. “Because

Bill Would Increase Funding for Agriculture Export Programs

  Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Angus S. King, I-Maine, Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, this week introduced bipartisan legislation, the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act,” to increase funding for two U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs: the Market Access and Foreign Market Development programs. The bill, identical

New Lab for Plant-Based Meat Opens at University of California-Berkeley

  The University of California, Berkeley is creating a new Alternative Meats Lab (alt.meat lab) to give students a leg up on a trillion-dollar market opportunity: transforming the meat industry. The lab at Berkeley will use the latest technology tools and techniques to engineer plant-based meat alternatives – with animal meat-eaters as the target market. “There

Register Now for the On-Farm Swine Welfare Auditor Course

  The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) will hold a course for potential swine auditors at South Dakota State University’s Swine Education and Research Center Sept. 21-22. Registration ends Sept. 15. The certification course is designed to train potential swine farm auditors in using the National Pork Board’s Common Swine Industry Audit. For more

Modeling the Transboundary Risk of Feed Ingredients Contaminated With Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

    Scott Dee1*, Casey Neill1, Aaron Singrey2, Travis Clement2, Roger Cochrane3, Cassandra Jones3, Gilbert Patterson4, Gordon Spronk1, Jane Christopher-Hennings2 and Eric Nelson2 Abstract Background: This study describes a model developed to evaluate the transboundary risk of PEDV-contaminated swine feed ingredients and the effect of two mitigation strategies during a simulated transport event from China

2,400 hogs die in confinement fire near Kingsley, IA

Source: KTIV 24-hundred hogs were killed in a confinement fire near Kingsley, Iowa on Friday. Plymouth County authorities responded to the fire at 47503 260th Street just after 10:30 a.m. Fire Rescue officials say the building was completely engulfed in flames and part of the roof was caved in when they arrived. After the fire was

Tyson Foods, Lift Up America and KTVB Partner To Fight Hunger in Idaho

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  Tyson Foods, Inc. partnered with Lift Up America and KTVB News Group in Boise, Idaho, today to host a food donation telethon event at Albertsons Stadium located on the campus of Boise State University. Tyson Foods participated in the event by donating 32,000 pounds of protein. The event encouraged community members to get involved

Preliminary results have shown that sows could tolerate temperature as low as 9 °C

    Conversion of gestation sow housing from stalls to group systems signifies a major shift for the recently revised Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. One specific study at Prairie Swine Centre aimed to investigate management options that would take advantage of potential merits of group sow housing. One

What pork producers need to know about FDA’s antibiotic changes

        On January 1, 2017, the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulation addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production will take effect. The purpose of this publication is to identify which swine medications will be affected by these changes. FDA’s effort is aimed to eliminate the use of medically important

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