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

Seaboard to Add Second Shift to its New Pork Processing Plant in Iowa

    Sioux City Journal reports: The developers of a pork plant under construction in Sioux City are moving forward with plans for a second shift that will eventually increase the total number of jobs to around 2,000, nearly double the original estimate. The expansion will raise the cost of the Seaboard Triumph Foods project by

NPPC Capital Update for the week ending February 10th 2017

FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ‘GIPSA’ RULE COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED; NPPC ASKS PRODUCERS TO OPPOSE IT The Trump administration this week extend the deadline for submitting comments on a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move hailed by NPPC, which opposes the Obama-era rule. NPPC is urging pork producers

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

Dennis Smith with Archer Financial Services, February 7th 2017

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MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 7, 2017   LEAN HOGS The cash was strong yesterday, mostly $1.50 higher as packers compete for butcher hog supplies amid profitable margins, rising wholesale carcass values and slightly declining numbers. Futures posted a strong performance and technically confirmed the move with new

Small Changes in Animal Handling Make Big Differences in Productivity

Farmscape for February 7, 2017 Full Interview 8:12 Listen A Professor with the University of Melbourne says small changes in the way pigs are moved can dramatically impact productivity. The Human-Animal Relationship: Pig Welfare, Productivity and Training Strategies was discussed last week as part of the 2017 Manitoba Swine Seminar. Professor Grahame Coleman, a Professor

Why Automated Data Collection for Pig Farming is the Way forward from Kevin Hill at Quality Scales Unlimited

The concept of Precision Farming is based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops to develop a decision support system (DSS) for the whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources. Swine breeders and pig farmers are now increasingly using Precision Livestock Farming techniques

Contaminated Feed Ingredient Study Expected to Stimulate Discussion on Solutions

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Farmscape for February 2, 2017 Full Interview 6:59 Listen The Director of Research with Pipestone Applied Research is confident a simulation model which shows pathogens responsible for disease in swine can cross the ocean in feed ingredients will stimulate discussion on action that might be necessary to reduce the risks associated with imported feed products.

Replacement of Acid Components in Pig Diets

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For nutritionists, there is sometimes when they are very stressed because the space in the feed is somehow limited: it always has to add up to 100%. They would like to have 110% because they want to add more vitamins, more premix, etc. There’s always a question: is there a way to make room in

Dr. Derek Petry Joins Genesus

Genesus is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Derek Petry as Chief Development Officer. Dr. Petry joins Genesus from Choice Genetics USA, where he served as the CEO and Global Director of R&D.   Dr. Petry holds a PhD, MBA, and MS from the University of Nebraska, MS from Kansas State, and BS from