U of Illinois Research: Dust Particles in Livestock Facilities: Sweat the Small Stuff

A beam of sunlight streams into your living room, illuminating a Milky Way of dust particles hanging in the air. Although the air looks thick, those visible dust particles are so big that they can’t reach the smallest branches of the respiratory tree in your lungs. It’s the dust we can’t see-smaller than 2.5 microns,

Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium

    The National Pork Board has announced that its first-ever Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions. “The symposium

July Hog Margin Watch

    Margins deteriorated over the first half of July due to a combination of lower hog prices and slightly higher feed costs, particularly for soybean meal. Hog finishing margins are now back to well below historical averages, at around the bottom quartile of profitability over the previous decade. The exception is the spot Q3

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Update from the University of Missouri, July 18 2017

Published on Jul 14, 2017 Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •The USDA released its latest WASDE report. Scott notes that beef production estimates were increased by 270 million pounds for 2017. That lowered their fed steer price by a $1 for 2017 average. Barrow and gilt estimates were raised $2, driven

The Limitations of Seasonality Data

  Many hog producers look to seasonal price trends for guidance with their hedging decisions. For example, we generally expect cash hogs prices and hog margins to rise through the spring and summer. As temperatures rise, market weights decline along with pork production at a time of year where pork demand tends to peak. In

National Pork Board Offers Animal Science Webinar Series

  The Animal Science Research Webinar Series is designed to highlight results from completed research projects funded by the Animal Science Committee of the National Pork Board. These results have direct application to production and therefore pork producers will find this information to be valuable as they make management decisions that affect productivity and profitability.

Nutrition researchers aim to make science more accessible to young minds and the public

  As a kid, University of Illinois neuroscience doctoral student Austin Mudd, was already interested in science. It was his favorite class to go to and the only homework he really wanted to do, he says. He didn’t know back then that he wanted to study the brain, but he knew he wanted to be

Heat stress in swine: Impact on production

Sarah Schieck Introduction Pigs are much more sensitive to heat than other animals because they lack the ability to sweat. Therefore, high temperatures can lead to heat stress which causes poor performance. Often, pork producers think only about grow-finish pigs when they consider the negative effects heat stress has on their pigs. In reality, heat

NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Weeks Away, Coalition of Ag Groups Formed

  With talks to renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact just weeks away, U.S. farm groups and lawmakers from rural states are intensifying lobbying of President Donald Trump’s administration with one central message: leave farming out of it. Trump blames the North American Free Trade Agreement – the “worst trade deal ever” in his words –

CIH Hog Margin Watch

  With the exception of the spot Q3 marketing period, hog margins deteriorated further in the second half of June, following a rally in feed costs that more than offset higher hog prices during the period. USDA released a few key reports at the end of the month, including the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs, the