U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish in 2015 as December volume was the largest since April and the third-largest of the year, according to data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Beef exports were below year-ago levels in December and posted the first full-year value decline since 2009....More
Last week, Seaboard Foods LLC and Seaboard Foods of Iowa LLC, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp., entered into an asset purchase agreement with Woodford Creek Farms LLP, Christensen Farms & Feedlots Inc. and Christensen Farms Midwest LLC....More
This week straight from the Iowa Pork Congress, National Hog Farmer Editor, Cheryl Day, visits with Al Wulfekuhle, president of the producer association in the country's leading pork-production state....More
Hog weights have, as expected, remained below year-ago levels so far in 2016. The average weight of all hogs (which includes sows, boars and lightweight hogs) has been down, on average, 0.7% versus 2015....More
We talk a lot about how to reduce costs in terms of inputs, I wanted to focus on the barn level for this article. I hope that what follows is at least one idea that you can use to improve the Quality, Productivity or Cost of raising pigs....More
The 2015 class of Master Pork Producers was formally introduced by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the 44th annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night.
This 74th class features 10 Iowa hog farmers or production company employees who were selected and recognized by their peers for excellence in pork production. A slide show highlighting each new Master Pork Producer's operation was shown and the coveted brass belt buckle, emblematic of the award, and a certificate of achievement was presented to each producer....More
Most seasoned hog farmers will probably say core business ideas and strategies stay the same each year, but outfoxing the “what ifs” can be an important step in a profitable year. Here are some business insights for this year to assist in formulating your individual company plan....More
The National Pork Board introduced a pork industry crisis text news service, Pork Crisis Alert, which will immediately deliver essential information to U.S. pork producers in the event of a major industry-wide emergency....More
Effective biosurveillance programs are reliant on good communication between veterinarians, veterinary diagnostic laboratories and producers, and the information that each is able to bring to the table to ward off swine diseases....More
Summer futures prices are profitable and fall contracts would yield relatively small losses for low-cost producers, but will cash prices match those levels when we arrive at those distant months?...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.