Christine Pelland, DVM from South West Ontario Veterinary Services, – Use of Recreational Straw Common in Sweden, March 27th 2017

Tail biting is a common problem in pig farming and has a direct effect on the welfare of the pig. Infectious arthritis, lung abscess, carcass abscess and pleuritis that result from tail biting can be the cause of significant economic loss to the producer. The lesions of tail biting and the sequelae are easily detected

Genesus Global Technical Support, Biosecurity – Bio-Management

Biosecurity – Bio-Management Joe Rogowsky DVM   When someone mentions biosecurity, the first thought that comes to mind is preventing the entry of a new pathogen or “bio-exclusion.” However, biosecurity also includes managing the pathogens already on the farm or “bio-management,” and here are some thoughts on that topic.   When sorting out a health

USDA Issues: “Feed Outlook” Report

Source: USDA news release To view the complete report, click here. The March 2017 Feed Outlook report contains projections for the 2016/17 U.S. and global feed markets based on the most current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Scott Brown weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, March 20th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: This week’s market recap with Scott Brown: Cash hogs are steady for the week. Pork cut-out is steady for the week and the first time in a few weeks we’ve steadied on the pork cutout side. In terms of beef – feeder calves are steady to

Michigan State University research and extension teams focus on pig aggression – Part 2

Michigan State University research and extension teams focus on pig aggression – Part 2 to the nature of pig production systems, pigs may have to be re-grouped at various stages, for example, entering the nursery stage, the feeder/finisher stage, at transport and/or immediately before slaughter. Vigorous fighting associated with re-grouping events can cause injury, stress,

Jim Long Pork Commentary, United States and Canada Inventory Up 3% March 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Twice a year, the United and Canadian Swine Inventories are combined together. It is a significant number, as the two countries are in essence one large inventory and production base. It’s a virtually integrated continental market. Last week, the latest report was released.   United States and Canadian

2017 Pork Act Delegates Elect Candidate Slate, Approve Advisements

The U.S. pork industry held its annual business meeting, the National Pork Industry Forum, March 1-3 in Atlanta. At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates ranked eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submitted the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The candidates, ranked in order by delegate voting results, are: Brett Kaysen, Colorado

Dusty Compart from AgStar Financial Services, Gaining Equity in an Existing Operation: 5 Benefits to Contract Growing

With agriculture’s cyclical nature, we’ve seen our young and beginning farmers struggle to gain equity in an existing operation. Additionally, with prices like these, farm families are avoiding their succession plans. This makes it hard for second or third generation farmers to build equity and take more ownership in the farm. While this is common,

Plan to Attend the 2017 World Pork Expo, June 7-9

The world’s largest pork-specific trade show. The 2017 World Pork Expo — the world’s largest pork-specific trade show — offers hundreds of exhibitors, free educational seminars, live hog shows and sales, networking opportunities and much more, making it a must-attend event for all pork professionals. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC),

NPPC Capital Update for the week ending March 3 2017

TRUMP ORDERS REVIEW OF WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE NPPC applauded an executive order issued Tuesday by President Trump that begins the process of rescinding or rewriting the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which would have given the government broad jurisdiction over land and water. The order directs the U.S. Environmental Protection