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The protection zone is another important step in keeping African swine fever out of the U.S. USDA’s announcement that it will be pursuing a Foreign Animal Disease protection zone in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is another important...
The USDA says the total number of hogs and pigs in the U.S. on December 1st, 2021 was 74.201 million head, down 4% from December 1st, 2020. That reflects a higher slaughter pace and lower breeding rate as producers...
A U.S. judge has denied Seaboard Foods' attempt to delay a federal court decision that would force the nation's second-biggest pig producer to slow the speed of hog slaughtering at a massive Oklahoma pork plant, according to court records. Seaboard...
Source: Cornell In recognition of his pioneering work on livestock nutrition, Xingen Lei, professor of Animal Science, was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on Dec. 7.  Lei’s work has positively impacted roughly 1.3 billion pigs...
A desire to build coalitions was the impetus for a recent agreement between Hendrix Genetics (Hypor) and German-based BHZP. Thursday, 21st November 2019, a contract was signed for the supply of boars from BHZP to Hendrix Genetics for the...
Using heat lamps, heat mats, and brooders for localized heating can improve energy efficiency in swine housing. Learn about small adjustments and management considerations for implementing localized heating. Providing a thermally comfortable environment for pigs while conserving energy can...
Reprinted from:PigHealthToday.com Drawing on his decades of field experience and expertise in immunology, Victor Cortese, DVM, PhD, offers suggestions for optimizing immunity. 1. Treat the immune system well The goal with the immune system is to keep it from working too hard,...
The amount of calcium in pig diets must be calculated precisely. Too much can decrease phosphorus digestibility and feed intake, leading to lower weight gain in pigs. Hans H. Stein, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division...
Hoffman/Drake Farms began raising weaned pigs on the home farm in 2000 with the construction of two 2,000-head nurseries.  This year another nursery and another generation to the family operation was added, EMH Farms. Located outside of Kirkland, IL, Ethan...
USDA released its Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on June 24. The report showed on June 1, 2021: Inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2021, was 75.7 million head. This was down 2% from June 1, 2020, but...
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