Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue

    Peterson E, Remmenga M, Hagerman AD and Akkina JE (2017) Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue. Front. Vet. Sci. 4:67. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00067     The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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,

Pork Checkoff Announces #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces

  The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Candidates were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active from July until December. “Social media is ingrained in young people’s lives,” said Claire Masker,

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

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Pork Commentary, July 18 2017

LEAN HOGS Cash was down .50 yesterday with the cutout down .29. Futures bounced as the July went off the board. Aug hogs closed up 90 points. With cash called mixed for the rest of this week, look for a choppy trade in hogs. This market is in transition from tight supply and strong product prices

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

NPPC Reports Positive Developments on Hours of Service Regulations

  Language supported by NPPC included in a funding bill approved this week by the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development would delay for one year a requirement that truckers hauling livestock use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to track their hours of service. The delay allows the livestock industry to work

USTR Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

    United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released a detailed and comprehensive summary of the negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Through the renegotiation of NAFTA, the Trump Administration will seek a much better agreement that reduces the U.S. trade deficit and is fair for all

Farm Bureau Tells Congress: Farms Need Tax Relief Now

  Farm and ranch families need a permanent tax code that boosts the agricultural economy and frees them to reinvest in their businesses, Scott VanderWal, a South Dakota farmer, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy today. “Farmers and ranchers operate under tight profit margins, often for rates of return that are