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

Groups Want Injunction Against WOTUS Rule

The National Pork Producers Council and a diverse coalition of agricultural and business groups late yesterday – in the case American Farm Bureau Federation, et. al. vs. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – filed a request in federal court for a nationwide preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States

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%

Select Your Trace Mineral Source to Maximize Vitamin Activity

Choice of trace mineral form can affect nutrition supplied to the animal When it comes to maximizing vitamin activity in animal rations, not all trace minerals are the same. Particularly when reducing fat-soluble vitamins to save costs in feed formulations, consider Zinpro Performance Minerals®. Research has shown that different trace mineral forms can have dissimilar

Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bay by Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

Read more articles on Pig Health Today by Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois The cause of stillborns in pig production varies widely, but it’s often connected to sow parity or infectious disease. Either way, stillborns are costly and need to be minimized for profitable, efficient production. Sometimes it’s difficult to

NPPC Statement on Pork. The Other White Meat® Ruling

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today issued a ruling on a suit challenging the sale of the Pork. The Other White Meat® trademarks. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) sold the trademarks to the National Pork Board in 2006. The following statement may be attributed to Ken Maschhoff, an Illinois pork

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Farmer Gifts for Valentine’s Day, February 1st 2018

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. If you struggle, like I do on what to get your farmer on Valentine’s Day, I have compiled a list of personally hand-picked suggestions. My list of suggestions is for both men and women because we know both genders farm. These are my personal favorites. Hopefully, some of

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

Round 7 of NAFTA Renegotiation Creates Room for Optimism

Farmscape for January 30, 2018 Full Interview 7:51 Listen The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute says the fact that the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will continue is cause for renewed optimism. With Round 6 of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement having concluded in Montreal

Detection and Differentiation of PCV3 from PCV2a, PCV2b and the Highly Prevalent PCV2d Mutant Strains

Principal Investigator: Jianfa Bai Institution: Kansas State University Industry Summary: The newly identified porcine circovirus 3 (PCV3) is causing problems in swine similar to that caused by porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2). Yet the PCV3 genome shares little similarity to the PCV2 genome. One objective of this study was to develop a molecular diagnostic assay that