Pigs are plentiful and are going to stay that way as long as PEDV is quiet in sow farms. Margins are there to make money even if retail and menu prices are lower. While fresh pork may not be the store traffic driver of beef or chicken, bacon and brats could have some significant impacts at this time of year....More
Improvements in sow lifetime productivity will require the ongoing development of dam-lines best suited to specific production systems and marketing opportunities. Appropriate lifetime management of the gilt and sow is then needed to capture this genetic potential at production level....More
The USDA has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. pork and beef producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The two agreements will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork....More
According to the latest Rabobank Pork Quarterly report, the global pork industry has been searching for stability during Q1 2015, with strong supply growth and relatively weak demand driving the market....More
Herd parity distribution results from the frequency of retention and removals following entry, with an ideal and actual parity structure that often differ in the sows retained into the later parities....More
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that requests the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal....More
Lean Hogs futures continued their long, slow climb out of their deep hole last week and, at least for those contracts through August, are higher again on Monday. In fact, summer contracts are bumping $80 today....More
For the first time since 1992, sales at food establishments surpassed spending at the grocery store in March. The surge in spending on food away from home is positive for the meat sector, especially after a sluggish start to the year due to harsh winter conditions in heavily populated areas....More
Exporters now have the option of certifying that pork product is derived from hogs raised under the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program, as certified under a USDA Agricultural Marketing Service export verification program....More
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a draft Clean Water rule (commonly known as Waters of the U.S.) to the Office of Management and Budget for inter-agency review on April 3....More
The National Pork Board recently announced that Chris Hodges will join the National Pork Board as its new chief executive officer on Feb. 16. Currently based in Kansas City, Hodges is senior vice president - business development of Smithfield Farmland. In his new position, Hodges will oversee the Pork Checkoff. Of the many issues facing the pork industry, which ones do you think the National Pork Board should prioritize when it comes to implementing research, education and promotional efforts on behalf of U.S. pork producers? Please leave a comment if you have something to add to the list or discussion.
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.