Lower feed prices should drop cost of hog production, but this decline is not likely to be sufficient to keep hog profits in the black. Cheap feed won’t do anything to boost hog prices, which may get very low this fall....More
To get more pigs weaned per mated female per year you need to improve total born, and make changes to save more of them by extending farrowing hours, adding people to farrowing and improving Day 1 pig care....More
Should hog prices be higher? Probably; competition drives hog prices and profits create competition. There’s a reason four packing plants are in some stage of construction and a fifth is in the works....More
From July 8-17 there have been 12 cases of vesicular disease that have been discovered at two slaughter plants in Iowa. All cases have tested negative for FMD and the other swine vesicular diseases, but 75% of them have tested positive for Senecavirus A....More
Veterinarians report growing pigs presenting symptoms that range from mild muscle tremors with mental alertness to lethargy and ataxia, with the most extreme cases progressing to paralysis and death....More
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration pilot project may be bringing FDA inspectors to farms leading up to new antibiotic regulations going into effect Jan. 1 under new Veterinary Feed Directive rules....More
Each year, National Hog Farmer and Pork Checkoff sponsor this national program to recognize pork producers' ongoing commitment to protect and enhance the air, water and land in the proximity of their pork production farms. The 2014 Environmental Stewards and their operations are profiled in a special section of the September issue of National Hog Farmer. The issue also contains a listing of honorees since the program’s inception in 1995.