Tyson Foods Announces Revamps Leadership

Source: Arkansas Business Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Tuesday announced an overhaul of its leadership team, a change under new CEO Tom Hayes, who took over the meat processor on Dec. 31. As part of the reorganization, three long-time executives are leaving the company: Donnie King, president of Tyson’s North American operations, who has

The Importance of Nitrogen for Growth

After energy, protein is the second most expensive nutrient in swine rations but utilization tends to be low.  Retention of dietary nitrogen in pigs ranges from 30% to 60% of intake with much of this inefficiency the result of catabolism of excess amino acid/protein intake or unbalanced amino acid supply.  This catabolism represents an energetic

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 14th 2017

MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 14, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were higher to sharply higher yesterday, quoted up .50 to $2.00. Impressively, hog receipts were not heavy. The cutout continues to hold steady to firm, quoted up .05 at $85.14. The carcass is holding levels

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Bacon Shortage? February 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Over the last few years, the demand for Bacon in the North American market has greatly increased. Bacon on burgers, Bacon in all day breakfast programs such as McDonalds, Bacon on everything. What has that meant to US pork cut-outs? Below is some historical values.   As you

USMEF Highlights Importance of Meat Exports at Minnesota Ag Expo

This week crop and livestock producers from across Minnesota had a great opportunity to learn about how red meat exports impact their bottom line as USMEF participated in Minnesota Ag Expo, held Jan. 27-28 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. The event is hosted annually by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Corn

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

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

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

Mike Brumm Commentary, Ventilation problems with ESF gestation housing, February 1st 2017

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In the past 2 months I’ve worked on new breed-wean projects and done ventilation audits on breed-wean sites with ESF feeding stations and large pen housing. A common problem with the ESF stations and the large pens (165-275 females/pen) is wet and slippery floors in the common traffic areas. A major reason for the wetness

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