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

Mike Brumm Commentary, Where do you get training? February 15th 2017

As I was driving to a producer meeting yesterday in central Iowa I had time to look back at my career in the pork industry. I realized that I’ve been giving presentations to producer groups for at least 40 years with my first presentations done while a graduate student at Purdue University. While our production

Novel technology for improved nutrient utilization

Olmix Group has recently released a new feed additive, MFeed+™, which has demonstrated enhanced nutrient utilization in pigs and poultry. MFeed+™ uses a patented process to combine clay layers with the structural components of algae, creating Olmix Exfoliated Algoclay (OEA). MFeed+™ is a novel tool with the potential to increase nutrient utilization and reduce feed

GIPSA Rule Comment Period Extended

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The Trump administration today extended the deadline for submitting comments on a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council, which opposes the Obama-era rule.   The so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, written by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

Trump Urged To Start Trade Talks With Japan

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Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan.   In a joint letter transmitted today to the White House, NCBA and NPPC asked the president “to initiate free trade

Marine algae to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming

As part of a partnership with Olmix Group, Inra researchers have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators by intestinal epithelial cells. This type of preparation could be used in livestock feed to improve animals’ resistance to infections and

Hormel stops taking pigs from farm shown in undercover video

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Source: News Hormel Foods Corp. said Tuesday it has stopped accepting hogs from a pork supplier in Oklahoma after an animal rights group released undercover video from a farm the supplier owns showing pigs in crowded pens and being hit with gas cans. The company says is investigating the facility owned by The Maschhoffs,

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

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, January 31st 2017

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MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday January 31, 2017   LEAN HOGS Yesterday appeared to be a consolidation type trade in hog futures, before moving higher in our opinion. The huge selling in LC likely contributed to a pause in the upward move in hogs. Cash was near steady with

Nancy Lidster from DNL Farms, Pig Scramble and Industry Standards, January 25th 2017

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  I got a phone call last Friday night from a person who had happened upon my name on the internet. She expressed concern about a pig scramble that was held as part of a local rodeo, wanted to know my opinion, and wanted resource materials about appropriate handling of pigs. I referred her to the