National Hog Farmer Blog http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/21061/feed en 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 Still No Farm Bill (And Why We Care) http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/still-no-farm-bill-and-why-we-care <div class="node-body blog-body">‘Tis the season to focus on our plentiful, affordable food, our full stomachs, and our thankfulness that one leads to the other. As we lick the remaining Thanksgiving turkey gravy (or ham) from our lips, turn our attention to what’s left of the pumpkin pie and focus on what needs attention on our Christmas lists, I think we must admit that the world looks like a better place when we aren’t hungry. So how in the world did we get to this point of growing disconnect about the fact that food comes from farmers? And how can our country not understand that supporting a comprehensive farm bill also helps support that plentiful and affordable food supply? Let’s ponder what we all actually gain from a farm bill.</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/still-no-farm-bill-and-why-we-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/still-no-farm-bill-and-why-we-care#comments Business National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 42891 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com When Bad Videos Happen to Good Pork Producers http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/when-bad-videos-happen-good-pork-producers <div class="node-body blog-body">Ugh, another undercover video.” I think this was a common sentiment in the pork industry this week as the Mercy for Animals organization released undercover video claiming to show animal abuse in a pork production facility. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was only too happy to promote the release of this video. And the Mercy for Animals organization was once again very open about this being another attempt at blackmailing a major retail chain into discontinuing the purchase of pork raised on a farm that used gestation stalls. Like it or not, pork producer and current president of the National Pork Producer’s Council (NPPC) Randy Spronk became collateral damage in an ongoing war—ultimately against meat consumption. </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/when-bad-videos-happen-good-pork-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/when-bad-videos-happen-good-pork-producers#comments Animal Well-Being Business Animal Welfare National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:52:00 +0000 41901 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com New App Delivers Blueprint Content http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/new-app-delivers-blueprint-content <div class="node-body blog-body">Each year, readers of National Hog Farmer receive two special print editions that take a look at key challenges facing pork producers. These special editions, known as the Blueprint Series for Top Managers, serve as an invaluable reference issue for our readers. Each issue is written by a team of leading experts, from animal scientists and swine veterinarians to swine nutritionists and agricultural engineers, sharing a wealth of knowledge about each topic being covered. </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/new-app-delivers-blueprint-content" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/new-app-delivers-blueprint-content#comments Business Blueprint Sow Gestation Stalls National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:58:00 +0000 41122 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Congratulations to the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/congratulations-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stewards <div class="node-body blog-body">The September issue of National Hog Farmer is devoted to the topic of Environmental Management. One of the highlights of this issue of the magazine is a special editorial section highlighting the 2013 Environmental Stewards of the Pork Industry. The Pork Checkoff announced the 2013 Environmental Steward award winners early this week. Congratulations to these outstanding pork production operations: Russell Brothers LLC, Monticello, IA; Bacon Hill Farm, Dodge, NE; Krikke Pork, Greenwich, OH; and Blue Mountain Farms, Milford, UT.</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/congratulations-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stewards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/congratulations-2013-pork-industry-environmental-stewards#comments Environment Environmental Stewardship Winners 2013 Manure Management National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:40:00 +0000 39422 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Have You Thanked Your Local Vet School or Diagnostic Lab Today? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/have-you-thanked-your-local-vet-school-or-diagnostic-lab-today <div class="node-body blog-body">While looking over some of the headlines from the past week, it occurs to me that most pork producers are probably only one disease outbreak away from developing a healthy appreciation for their local vet school or veterinary diagnostic laboratory. As a child, I remember watching in complete fascination when our vet would come to our farm to “post” (conduct a postmortem) on a pig. I also remember hearing phrases like, “We’ll know more after we send this sample to Brookings.” South Dakota pork producers like my father have been lucky to have a resource such as the South Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, located in Brookings, SD, at their disposal over the years.</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/have-you-thanked-your-local-vet-school-or-diagnostic-lab-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/have-you-thanked-your-local-vet-school-or-diagnostic-lab-today#comments Animal Well-Being PRRS National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:45:00 +0000 39002 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Aug. 31 was International Bacon Day! http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/aug-31-was-international-bacon-day <div class="node-body blog-body">The Labor Day weekend is considered by many to be the end of the carefree days of summer. In honor of this milestone, many people across the United States fired up the grill and made the most of the occasion. There must have been a lot of people thinking ahead to the pork that was going to await them prior to the holiday weekend, because some very interesting meat-related stories in the news made the news just before Labor Day. The top attention-grabber for me was the proclamation that Aug. 31 was International Bacon Day!</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/aug-31-was-international-bacon-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/aug-31-was-international-bacon-day#comments Business Every Month is Pork Month National Hog Farmer Blog Sat, 31 Aug 2013 02:11:00 +0000 38262 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Battling Antibiotic Misconceptions http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/battling-antibiotic-misconceptions <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s been another week where antibiotic issues were prominently featured in the news. Perhaps you saw the news release from the Chipotle restaurant chain? The company says it is evaluating its policy when it comes to allowing the use of antibiotics to treat sick animals that may be in the company’s supply chain. Chipotle acknowledges that there are times when the company simply cannot obtain meat from animals that have not been raised completely antibiotic-free. When this situation occurs, Chipotle posts signs to let customers know that substitutions have been made. I’ve seen these signs in my local Chipotle. </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/battling-antibiotic-misconceptions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/battling-antibiotic-misconceptions#comments Animal Well-Being Health Animal Welfare Antibiotics National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:05:00 +0000 37002 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Source: Chipotle. Learning from Other Countries about Antibiotics, Sow Stalls http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/learning-other-countries-about-antibiotics-sow-stalls <div class="node-body blog-body">The United States is not the only country wrestling with issues, such as use of both antibiotics in livestock production, and gestation stalls. This week Scott Hurd, DVM, associate professor and director of the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Laboratory at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, makes some valid points about the “rest of the story” after Denmark banned preventive and growth-promoting antibiotics for pigs in 2000. “In over 20 years of food safety research, I have seen quite a few antibiotic-free (ABF) animals, including the famous pigs in Denmark,” he writes in his “Hurd Health” blog. “While working in the processing plant, I could often tell when ABF pigs were coming down the line. The animals from the ABF farms usually appeared somewhat unthrifty. Often there was less uniformity in carcass size and more ‘issues.’”</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/learning-other-countries-about-antibiotics-sow-stalls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/learning-other-countries-about-antibiotics-sow-stalls#comments Animal Well-Being Sow Gestation Stalls Antibiotics National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:37:00 +0000 36542 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Three Gestation Stall Stories in the News This Week http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/three-gestation-stall-stories-news-week <div class="node-body blog-body">As the debate about the benefits of gestation stalls vs. pens continues, it seems there is always another news story taking a look at this topic from yet another angle. This week was no exception. The story I found most interesting was on the U.S. Agricultural & Food Law and Policy Blog. The story provides details about a Florida court ruling in favor of a former pork producer who was forced out of business when the state passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of gestation stalls. </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/three-gestation-stall-stories-news-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/three-gestation-stall-stories-news-week#comments Business Sow Gestation Stalls National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:58:00 +0000 36122 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Misleading Antibiotic Messages and Advocating for Agriculture http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/misleading-antibiotic-messages-and-advocating-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">The August issue of National Hog Farmer is devoted to the topic of analyzing antibiotic use. As we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our stories this week, the topic of antibiotics in agriculture has been swirling in social media circles once again. Perhaps you have been following the Twitter and Facebook conversations involving a recent Panera Bread advertising campaign professing (via a chicken character shaped like a medication capsule and a graphic depicting a barn made out of pills) that farmers who use antibiotics are lazy. The take-home message is that antibiotic-free chicken is the way to go—along with a false implication that antibiotics are commonly found in meat. In a testament to the importance of agricultural advocacy, Carrie Chestnut Mess, a dairy producer who blogs as Dairy Carrie, created a blog post entitled, “Dear Panera Bread Company.” Minnesota pork industry blogger and agricultural advocate Wanda Patsche followed suit in her own blog. The posts started a social media backlash against the misleading advertising campaign and ultimately, got the attention of Panera management.</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/misleading-antibiotic-messages-and-advocating-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/misleading-antibiotic-messages-and-advocating-agriculture#comments Animal Well-Being Animal Welfare Antibiotics National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:09:00 +0000 35542 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Taking a Look at the PED Virus in the News http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/taking-look-ped-virus-news <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s hard to believe that the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus was first diagnosed in the United States in mid-May. We posted the first story about the PED virus on the <a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/" title="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/">http://nationalhogfarmer.com/</a> Web site on May 20 (See, “New Swine Disease Strikes Three States.”). Shockingly, here we are, just two months later, and the PED virus is a main topic of discussion in producer circles. There were more than 330 confirmed cases in 15 states as of July 8, according to the National Pork Board. National Hog Farmer Senior Editor Joe Vansickle’s PED virus stories are in the “most read” column every day. This week our Web site featured stories on exploring PED virus transmission risk from both manure application and transportation and funding of a study to develop a serological test to detect the virus. </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/taking-look-ped-virus-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/taking-look-ped-virus-news#comments Health National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:20:00 +0000 35102 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Honoring Dale Miller's 40-Year Career http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/honoring-dale-millers-40-year-career <div class="node-body blog-body">At the end of the day on Monday, July 15, Dale Miller will turn out the lights and walk out of the door of his office and into retirement after just over 40 years on the National Hog Farmer magazine staff. While he has committed to continuing to oversee projects and write more of his well-targeted articles for our magazine as a contributing editor in the future, I have to admit that seeing his empty chair on Tuesday morning is not going to be easy. His legacy and storied career have made a positive difference to the pork industry, to every facet of our magazine’s coverage, and to me. </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/honoring-dale-millers-40-year-career" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/honoring-dale-millers-40-year-career#comments Resources National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:39:00 +0000 34642 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p> Dale Miller (center) was presented the National Association of Swine Records Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 World Pork Expo. Pictured are Mike Paul, CEO of the National Swine Registry (from left), Dale Miller, and Jack Wall, CEO of Certified Pedigreed Swine.</p> Fourth of July is Peak of the Pork Grilling Season http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/fourth-july-peak-pork-grilling-season <div class="node-body blog-body">In addition to celebrating the hard-won freedoms that make our country great, the Fourth of July holiday is also a great time to celebrate pork! I enjoyed a grilled pork chop in the park following the Lennox, SD, Independence Day parade yesterday. Pork chops are thawing at this very moment to add even more sizzle to a family gathering at my parents’ farm today, too.</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/fourth-july-peak-pork-grilling-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/fourth-july-peak-pork-grilling-season#comments Resources Pork is Delicious National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:55:00 +0000 34162 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com