In spite of a significant productivity recovery as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been brought under control – at least for now – it appears that U.S. slaughter capacity will be sufficient to handle fourth-quarter hog supplies this year....More
Steve Kerns of Clearfield, Iowa; Marti Knoblock of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Keith Schoettmer of Tipton, Ind. and Lauren Schwab of Somerville, Ohio, have been named the finalists for the inaugural America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award program....More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its third progress report highlighting its recent actions to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals; public meeting also announced....More
Heat stress suffered while gilts are in gestation has long-lasting effects on the performance of the gilts themselves, but also the performance of their offspring, and even further down in the gilts’ lineage....More
The way antibiotics are used on the farm will soon be changing, and during this transition period, hog farmers are encouraged to prepare for the adjustment now. Basically, this regulatory process is about modifying the way feed- and water-based antimicrobials are utilized in animal production.
Impact of crop production report dropped estimates of 2016 hog costs by over $4 per hundredweight carcass. That reduction and a continued rally in lean hog futures has now pushed 2015 farrow-to-finish profits back to nearly break-even and pushed projected 2016 costs to $7.19 per head....More
All hog farms experience seasonal productivity lag and poorer reproductive performance during the hot days of summer. Heat stress can reduce feed intake, growth rate and reproductive performance. While swine herds of all sizes and stages of production are adversely affected by seasonal variation temperature, little tools are available to mitigate the impact. Therefore, the NPB has invested in research projects to lessen seasonal productivity lags....More
As fall harvest nears, hog producers will be preparing to empty their manure pits. Producers need to be conscious of the dangers that lurk in the form of hydrogen sulfide that has claimed at least four lives this year....More
One area of animal management that is often overlooked is how to introduce replacement animals into the herd without disturbing the “status quo” of the existing population. Contrary to previous assumptions, gilt introduction plays a vital role in overall herd stability....More
Calculating sow productivity can be confusing, based on the various formulas used by the different sow record programs. Swine Management Services explains how they reach the numbers in their database....More
Given their price travails of earlier this year, pork bellies have turned into a value hero this summer. Bellies have been the bright spot among wholesale pork cuts this summer as prices have doubled since mid-May, and gained $10 per hundredweight just last week....More
U.S. Trade Representative claims economic methodology used by Canada and Mexico is “flawed” and thus have “seriously” overestimated the damage that can be attributed to country-of-origin labeling....More
With a growth rate outpacing all other meats, pork continues to be the fastest-growing protein in foodservice since 2011. According to Technomic Inc.’s 2015 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, pork’s popularity in the food industry continues to grow....More
Sweltering heat of summer can have a large impact on the U.S. hog industry. Though the hogs themselves do not sweat, the producers will as heat stress makes a large economic dent in productivity....More
National Pork Producers Council asked the Obama administration to withdraw, or at least limit, preferential trade benefits for South Africa because of that country’s reluctance to provide market access to U.S. pork....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.