Lora Berg

Lora
Berg
Editor

Lora joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, then as managing editor until 1999. She has also worked as a contributing editor to the publication, and the National Hog Farmer digital editor responsible for content on the nationalhogfarmer.com Web site. Lora serves as the editor of the Nutrient Management, Weekly Preview and Weekly Wrap Up e-newsletters. She has also written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition.

Articles
Making Asphalt from Swine Manure 13
There were several excited pork producers clustered around a team of North Carolina State A&T State University researchers at last month’s North American Manure Expo near Prairie du Sac, WI. Researcher Ellie Fini and business development specialist Mahour Parast had come to the event seeking producer input as well as a source of swine manure to support an asphalt manufacturing venture stemming from her recent research. Fini, a civil engineer, received National Science Foundation funding for the project and is now ready to move to the manufacturing phase.
Damage Control 7
In July, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals (MFA) released an undercover video shot at one of Christensen Farms' facilities in an effort to pressure retail outlets to denounce the use of gestation stalls by their pork suppliers. In the aftermath, Christensen Farms’ Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Glenn Stolt offers some crisis management tips to fellow pork producers.
National Hog Farmer's Weekly Wrap-Up for August 3, 2012
Read about drought, HSUS ads, Humane Watch counter-ads and more stories impacting the business of pork production in this week's National Hog Farmer Weekly Wrap-Up newsletter.
HSUS Launching Ad Campaign against Pork Industry 86
The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is launching a new ad campaign targeting the pork industry and gestation crate use. Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO, talks about the upcoming campaign in his blog. HSUS is urging followers to use social media to post an ad featuring a quote made by National Pork Producers (NPPC) Council Director of Communications Dave Warner. Several hundred HSUS followers have registered comments on the NPPC Facebook page rallying against gestation crates this week.
Telling the Positive Pork Production Story 2
Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) Executive Director Dave Preisler was facing a wall of television cameras this morning following the release of undercover video shot in a Minnesota swine facility.
Undercover Video Used to Pressure Retailers 10
A Mercy for Animals (MFA) spokesman revealed more details about the process used to pressure retailers to make gestation stall decisions during a press conference held in Minneapolis to reveal undercover video footage this morning.
National Hog Farmer Sponsors ‘Hogs are Beautiful’ Photo Contest 5
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful, and we think our readers tend to agree. To share our pork industry enthusiasm, we invited readers to submit their favorite photo of their ugliest — or prettiest — pig in June for the first-ever National Hog Farmer “Hogs are Beautiful” Photo Contest.
Producer's Choice Award: Bazooka Farmstar - Coulter Till 5
Every year attendees at World Pork Expo are asked to vote for their favorite new product introduced to the pork industry within the last year. Prior to World Pork Expo, each company that will be exhibiting at Expo is asked to nominate new products for consideration by a National Hog Farmer World Pork Expo new product review panel.
Master Trading - Tube-O-Mat Classic 5
The Tube-O-Mat Classic wet/dry feeder from Master Trading is designed for wean-to-finish or finishing pigs. Designed in Denmark, the hopper of the feeder is made of high-density polyethylene with ultraviolet protection. The base is made up of two stainless steel compartments, one for water and one for dry feed.
Clarcor Air Filtration - Model 2000-P and Model 4000-P Filter Housings 4
Clarcor Air Filtration Products offers the Model 2000-P and 4000-P plastic, three-piece filter housing holding frames for swine buildings. Perry Hartmann, Clarcor sales manager, demonstrated how the compact filter housing encloses two, 24 x 24-in. and two, 20 x 24-in. single header filters. The filter housing box is designed for ceiling inlets.
Automated Production Systems (AP) - Flow Hammer 18
The Automated Production Systems (AP) Flow Hammer feed flow device is a patent-pending product that aids in the prevention of out-of-feed events in all phases of swine production. A low-frequency, high-impact design helps minimize feed bridging by having the Flow Hammer strike a bin up to 60 times per minute with 500 lb. of force when there is a feed flow problem. The Flow Hammer is mounted to the bin collar on the outside of the bin and will fit on most 16-in. bin collars on new or existing bins.
Pfizer Animal Health - Fostera PRRS Vaccine 7
Fostera PRRS is a new, modified-live vaccine option for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), respiratory form of the disease, offered by Pfizer Animal Health. Doug King, senior veterinarian, swine veterinary operations, Pfizer Animal Health, told the new product panel that Fostera PRRS is licensed for the vaccination of healthy pigs three weeks of age or older in PRRS virus-positive herds or in PRRS-seronegative pigs that are deemed to be at risk for exposure to PRRS virus.
Prima Tech USA - 0.3 ml. Bottle Mount Vaccinator 2
Prima Tech recently launched a new, 0.3-ml. bottle-mounted vaccinator with a dose range of 0.1 ml. to 0.3 ml. The vaccinator allows the barrel to prime at the lowest 0.1-ml. setting. It also offers a full stroke at the 0.3-ml. setting so the user can easily recognize the feel of a successful injection, according to Bob Walber, PrimaTech.
ClicRweight - ClicRweight Weighing System 4
The ClicRweight wireless, remote weighing system may be in the early stages of development, but the new product panel thought it offered an intriguing approach to fine-tuning feeding programs that could prove useful under the right circumstances.
Ralco Animal Health - DE-Lyte 5
DE-Lyte is a liquid nutritional supplement that helps ease pig transitions from the sow to the nursery at weaning time. Russell Fent, Ralco Animal Health, explained, “Typically it takes just over two days for 95% of pigs to come onto feed once they enter the nursery. DE-Lyte is fortified with vitamins D and E to support the young pigs’ transitioning immune system and promote healthy bone development.”
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