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)

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Light Volume Rally in Both Cattle and Hogs, July 20

  LEAN HOGS Getting right to the chase, lean hogs rallied sharply yesterday as traders are becoming impressed with the inability of packers to break the cash. Indeed, at the moment they have very little incentive to back bids off severely. Margins are the best they’ve been since last fall and highly profitable. Cutout continues

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

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

Showpigs Slaughtered at Ohio County Fair After Positive Swine Flu Test

  The state has ordered 280 showpigs slaughtered after a pig at the Clinton County Fair  tested positive for H3N2 according to an interview with Clinton  County Fair officials by WLWT. The barn has been quarantined and will be disinfected after the animals are removed to prevent the spread of swine flu to fairgoers. Swine flu

CIH Hog Margin Watch

  With the exception of the spot Q3 marketing period, hog margins deteriorated further in the second half of June, following a rally in feed costs that more than offset higher hog prices during the period. USDA released a few key reports at the end of the month, including the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs, the

Annual Swine Veterinarian Meeting with Lawmakers to be Held July 11 to 12

  On July 11-12, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians will have its annual Washington, D.C., legislative fly-in. The event brings swine veterinarians from across the country to Capitol Hill, where they discuss their priority issues with congressional lawmakers. The veterinarians are expected to urge lawmakers to include in the 2018 Farm Bill language establishing

USTR Public Hearings on NAFTA Held; China Expresses Interest in FTA with Mexico

  The Office of U.S. Trade Representative last week held three days of public hearings on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Witnesses included many agriculture representatives, who placed emphasis on ensuring that NAFTA renegotiations do not disrupt agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico. NPPC reinforced that message in comments previously submitted to