Tell us about the impact of VFD rules on your herd

Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with other Land-Grant Universities, is conducting a nationwide survey of food-animal producers to learn more about the impact of VFD rules. Managing the health of your herd is a primary responsibility of all farmers. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules that went into effect January 1, 2017 may have

CIH Hedging Hog Market Watch from Chip Whalen, February 19th 2018

Margins continued to deteriorate sharply since the end of January due to an ongoing combination of lower hog prices and higher feed costs. Hog prices have retreated recently with weakness in pork cutout values and uncertainty over near-term demand. While exports continue to hold up quite well, we are moving into a seasonal period when

Function and Benefits regarding MSP[RS] Resistant Starch

MSP® Resistant Starch Advertorial The swine industry continues to look at and evaluate alternative ways to control and manage the microbial ecosystem to insure a sustainable, environmentally friendly approach to pork production. A most promising method is the modulation of the gut microflora in pigs including, but certainly not limited to selected bacteria to inoculate

No more livestock confinements until Iowa water improves, group says

Source: Des Moines Register Iowa lawmakers should halt construction on animal confinements until Iowa’s water quality is significantly improved, a coalition of about two dozen state, local and national groups said Tuesday. The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture asked lawmakers to support 15 bills tightening oversight of confinements introduced by Sen. David Johnson, an independent from

News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center February 9, 2018   THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE IPPA honors animal science professor One of Iowa State’s own has been honored by Iowa Pork Producers Association. John Patience, animal science professor, was named an honorary Master Pork Producer during ceremonies at the annual Iowa Pork Congress banquet Jan. 24. This

Weekly Livestock Update with Scott Brown, February 12th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – Cash hogs for the week were up 65 cents. The pork cutout value was down $4.16 for the week – led by 17 cent lower belly prices for this week, ham prices were down a nickel. The pork cutout value now rests 8%

Swine Building Ventilation Workshops Set for March

Pork producers can learn more about building ventilation from the inside out through a series of workshops in March. Iowa Pork Industry Center joins Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in offering “Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System” at six different Iowa locations. IPIC swine specialist Colin Johnson said

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Where we at? Where are we going? February 5th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics This past week, a year ago, US 53-54% lean hogs were averaging 69¢ lb; this year, this past week 73¢ lb – 4¢ higher, or about $8 per head to the good.   A year ago, U.S. cash 40lb feeder pig were averaging $72; this week, this year

Global Animal Health Company Zoetis Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

Source: Zoetis news release Zoetis Inc. (ZTS: NYSE), the leading global animal health company, today celebrated its fifth anniversary since becoming a public company by hosting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan for a special town hall meeting at the company’s global research and development headquarters in Kalamazoo,Mich. Zoetis

Genesus Global Technical Report, Strategies to maximize long-term genetic gain in the genomic era

  Dinesh Thekkoot PhD Genomic selection (GS) is a new method for improving economic traits in animal populations by utilizing information from molecular markers, phenotypes and pedigree. This method provides the opportunity to estimate the breeding values of selection candidates more accurately and much earlier in life and for traits that are difficult to measure