National Hog Farmer Blog http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/21061/feed Thoughts about the pork industry this week. en Bacon, the natural charm http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/bacon-natural-charm <div class="node-body blog-body">Bacon has naturally enticed people around the world since it was first invented in 1500 B.C. The cured, smoky wonder has advance from a breakfast favorite to a “dream” value-added product to latest flavor infused into everything from desserts to vodka.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/bacon-natural-charm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/bacon-natural-charm#comments Business Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:33:00 +0000 55911 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Pork, a spicy social media affair http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/pork-spicy-social-media-affair <div class="node-body blog-body">More Americans are inspired to take a photo of their meal featuring pork and socially share it with friends than any other animal protein.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/pork-spicy-social-media-affair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/pork-spicy-social-media-affair#comments Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:12:00 +0000 55521 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Flourishing new possibilities http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/flourishing-new-possibilities <div class="node-body blog-body">Springtime often blooms new possibilities and a renew focus. As I step into the editor role at National Hog Farmer, my center of attention will now be on the pork business and providing valuable information for pork producers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/flourishing-new-possibilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/flourishing-new-possibilities#comments Animal Well-Being Business National Hog Farmer Blog Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:59:00 +0000 55471 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Great way to start the day http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/great-way-start-day <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The sun may not be shining outside, but the Son was shining inside during the Praise Breakfast to kick off today&rsquo;s events at the annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/great-way-start-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/great-way-start-day#comments Animal Well-Being National Hog Farmer Blog Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:18:00 +0000 54741 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com PEDV still on minds at Minnesota Pork Congress http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/pedv-still-minds-minnesota-pork-congress <div class="node-body blog-body">Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is still on the minds of hog producers and swine industry leaders, but the disease appears to be under control, at least at the present time.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/pedv-still-minds-minnesota-pork-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/pedv-still-minds-minnesota-pork-congress#comments Food Animal Report National Hog Farmer Blog Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:56:00 +0000 53911 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com No Magic Bullets, But Pork Industry Research Builds Toward Future Solutions http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/no-magic-bullets-pork-industry-research-builds-toward-future-solutions-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">National Hog Farmer has a long tradition of delivering research-based information targeted specifically for our pork producer readers. Our December issue, arriving in your mailboxes soon and posted on the NationalHogFarmer.com website, is devoted to the most-current research published within the last year to help support our industry. I always feel really good when reading through the many submissions each year. There are a lot of great minds working hard to solve many of the challenges pork producers are facing. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/no-magic-bullets-pork-industry-research-builds-toward-future-solutions-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/no-magic-bullets-pork-industry-research-builds-toward-future-solutions-0#comments Animal Well-Being Health National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:38:00 +0000 52911 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com A Responsible Pork Industry Cares About its Animals http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/responsible-pork-industry-cares-about-its-animals <div class="node-body blog-body">It seems the pork industry has had another rough-and-tumble round of media coverage this week. Mercy for Animals released undercover video taken on a Colorado hog farm. An expert panel, sponsored by the Center for Food Integrity and consisting of respected veterinarians and an animal ethicist, reviewed the video footage and noted that a lot of context is missing from what is presented. It is also not known when the video footage was taken, or what type of care the animals that are seen for a brief period of time were receiving beyond the moment depicted in each particular scene. As a contrast to the allegations of inadequate animal care, I would like to point out a couple of examples reinforcing my belief that our industry really does care—a lot.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/responsible-pork-industry-cares-about-its-animals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/responsible-pork-industry-cares-about-its-animals#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:50:00 +0000 52671 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Leman Conference Impressions http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/leman-conference-impressions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I hate to admit, but this year was the first time that I have ever attended the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference.</p> <p>Though I have worked in Minnesota agricultural media for over the last 25 years, my joining the National Hog Farmer staff allowed me to finally attend this annual conference that brings the best and brightest minds in the swine health world to one stage for a few days.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/leman-conference-impressions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/leman-conference-impressions#comments Business National Hog Farmer Blog Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:25:00 +0000 50961 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Looking Back at 2013 Through Headlines: The Year in Review http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/looking-back-2013-through-headlines-year-review <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s that time of year when lists are made. It starts with the Christmas list and seems to conclude with a list of resolutions for 2014. When it comes to the pork industry, you could make lists focused on a lot of things. For starters, we had some obvious hot topics here in 2013: a growing list of states with swine herds fighting a new disease, a list of those expressing opinions on both sides of the antibiotic use issue, lists pertaining to sow housing (and the list of grocery stores, restaurants and foodservice entities weighing in on the sow housing topic), just to name a few. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/looking-back-2013-through-headlines-year-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/looking-back-2013-through-headlines-year-review#comments Business National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:37:00 +0000 43731 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Antibiotic Use in Agriculture Made News This Week http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/antibiotic-use-agriculture-made-news-week <div class="node-body blog-body">The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week on two proposals aimed at limiting the use of antibiotics in food animals in an attempt to address growing concerns about antimicrobial resistance in humans. As <a href="http://www.meatingplace.com" title="www.meatingplace.com">www.meatingplace.com</a> reported, the move came amid a growing debate about whether the use of antibiotics on the farm is creating resistance to medicine. FDA says it does, and that the use of antibiotics in animal production needs to be limited to only therapeutic uses and not for growth promotion. The meat industry continues to point to the inconclusive link between animal antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance, emphasizing that producers are already judicious when it comes to antibiotic use.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/national-hog-farmer-blog">National Hog Farmer Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/antibiotic-use-agriculture-made-news-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/antibiotic-use-agriculture-made-news-week#comments Health Antibiotics National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:28:00 +0000 43511 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com