2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

  At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. “We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but

Tyson Fresh Meats introduces new pork line

Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods is launching a new lineup of quality pork products called Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork. The new product has a desirable amount of marbling, appetizing color and a pH level that is in demand from high-end retailers.   “Our retail and foodservice customers have long associated the Chairman’s Reserve brand with exceptional

Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address

    The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address. “We are encouraged by Governor Rauner’s call for a compromise on the state budget. Our members are frustrated with the lack of action over the last two years. Every day without a solution

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, February 20th 2017

•Futures livestock markets were mostly flat this week. Cash hogs ended the week a couple of dollars higher. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says choice beef prices were mostly float, pork cutout values were flat, but there is continued strength in pork belly prices. •Retail prices were released this week. And while beef and pork

IPPA Scholarships Available for 2017-18

Over $15,000 in scholarships are available through the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) this year.   Each year, IPPA offers scholarships to students pursuing a higher education degree (at a two or four-year institution) who have a background in the pork industry. Recipients are selected based on activity involvement, GPA, and an essay detailing how

Young Couple Eager to Start Their Pig Farming Journey

Justin and Whitney McKeown of Hancock County are ready to dive into the pork industry. They are the owners of Oak Ridge Farm, LLC in rural La Harpe. Whitney calls this area home and grew up on a grain and livestock farm. Justin has been a carpenter since graduating high school, but is ready to

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, February 12th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cattle and hog markets ended the week mixed. Week over week live cattle were flat in most months, feeders were lower in the most active months, and the hog market saw fairly strong gains. •USDA released its WASDE report on Thursday. Scott and Meghan discuss what

Open house planned at new pig barns near LaHarpe

Source: Whig.com When Justin and Whitney McKeown wanted to get into farming, raising pigs provided the best option. The couple just built two 2,500-head wean-to-finish pig barns near LaHarpe and plan to have pigs in production at Oak Ridge Farm the week of Feb. 20. “Putting up these buildings was a way for us to

Strategies to Reduce Use of Zinc Oxide by Modulating Gut Microbiota in Pigs

Zinc (Zn) plays an important role in the metabolism of swine and as such is an essential trace element for growing pigs, according to Nutriad. Applying a sound SANACORE EN strategy can make a real difference for producers that want to limit the use of zinc oxide in pig feeds. Zinc deficiency may result in

Open House for Hancock County Pig Barn

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WHAT: The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along with the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG), is coordinating an open house for Justin & Whitney McKeown who have just finished building two 2,500 head wean-to-finish pig barns.   WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Ribbon cutting at 11:30 am   WHERE: 2935