Maintaining optimal sow body condition is an important strategy to maximize animal well-being and sow lifetime productivity. Most commercial producers feed gestating sows based on a visual (subjective) measure of body condition. However, the majority of barn workers, farm managers and service people are not highly trained in estimating body composition.
As the temperature and humidity levels rise outside, pork producers need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon says it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that helps pigs survive in hot weather....More
Over 140 agricultural organizations are urging the House and Senate appropriations committees to support and maintain full funding for USDA’s vital export programs, the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program and the Market Access Program (MAP)....More
A panel of farm animal care specialists created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has examined video from a hog farm in Kentucky. The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) created the Animal Care Review Panel to engage recognized animal care specialists to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the pork industry and the media....More