Reproduction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6597/more en Smithfield Foods issues first installment of 2015 Sustainability and Financial Report http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/smithfield-foods-issues-first-installment-2015-sustainability-and-financial-report <div class="field-byline"> Source: Smithfield Foods Inc. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Provides explanation of antibiotic use in 'prevention' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Smithfield Foods Inc. has released new, more comprehensive information about its industry-leading animal care initiatives in the first installment of its 2015 Sustainability and Financial Report.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/smithfield-foods-issues-first-installment-2015-sustainability-and-financial-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/smithfield-foods-issues-first-installment-2015-sustainability-and-financial-report#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Reproduction Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:51:00 +0000 68101 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Beat the ‘hog days’ of summer http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/beat-hog-days-summer <div class="node-body blog-body">Take necessary steps to ensure your hogs will remain comfortable in this summer's heat, and reward you with continued performance. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/beat-hog-days-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/beat-hog-days-summer#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:34:00 +0000 68091 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com AASV calls for research abstracts http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/aasv-calls-research-abstracts <div class="field-byline"> Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A session at the AASV annual meeting will highlight research projects related to swine health and production. Abstracts are now being accepted for potential presentation.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/aasv-calls-research-abstracts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/aasv-calls-research-abstracts#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Food Animal Report Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Resources Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000 68041 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com What benchmarking information is needed for swine expansion? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/what-benchmarking-information-needed-swine-expansion <div class="field-byline"> By Steve Malakowsky, AgStar Financial Services </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A couple of benchmarks to look at are the owners’ equity percent and working capital per sow. From an equity standpoint, the average producer has over 70% equity in their operations today. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/what-benchmarking-information-needed-swine-expansion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/what-benchmarking-information-needed-swine-expansion#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Reproduction Resources Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:30:00 +0000 67991 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Hog Farmer File Photo Hog market is steady as she goes http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/hog-market-steady-she-goes <div class="node-body article-body">Given the rise in corn prices in recent weeks, hog profits could get squeezed when fall gets here and hog prices face the usual seasonal price decline.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/hog-market-steady-she-goes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/hog-market-steady-she-goes#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Reproduction Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:38:00 +0000 67961 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Hog Farmer File Photo Variation a huge profit robber in finishing pigs http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/variation-huge-profit-robber-finishing-pigs <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Finisher closeouts offer producers a better idea of the variation existing within their hog herd. Looking at death loss and DOAs, culls and lights, average daily gain, and adjusted feed conversion paints a clearer picture of productivity.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/variation-huge-profit-robber-finishing-pigs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/variation-huge-profit-robber-finishing-pigs#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:25:00 +0000 67501 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com File photo SMS records show performance growth in 11-plus years http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/sms-records-show-performance-growth-11-plus-years <div class="field-byline"> By Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services LLC, Fremont, Neb. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Perusing database farms shows performance variances in the top 10% compared with all farms.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/sms-records-show-performance-growth-11-plus-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/sms-records-show-performance-growth-11-plus-years#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Mon, 09 May 2016 19:58:00 +0000 66721 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Hog Farmer File Photo Swine industry in era of winners, losers http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/swine-industry-era-winners-losers <div class="node-body article-body">Myriad production issues, outside impacts will drive short- and long-term U.S. swine industry.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/swine-industry-era-winners-losers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/swine-industry-era-winners-losers#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Mon, 09 May 2016 16:26:00 +0000 66711 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com National Hog Farmer File Photo Blueprint: Genome-enabled selection improves pig production http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-genome-enabled-selection-improves-pig-production <div class="field-byline"> By Ken Stalder, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science professor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Any improvement seen at the commercial hog level is a result in part of genome-enabled technology advancements made by genetic suppliers.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-genome-enabled-selection-improves-pig-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-genome-enabled-selection-improves-pig-production#comments Animal Well-Being Business Health Marketing Reproduction Sow Management Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:06:00 +0000 66481 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Improvement seen at the commercial level is, in part, a result of genome-enabled technology advancements made by genetic suppliers.</p> National Pork Board Blueprint: Improving sow lactation performance http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-improving-sow-lactation-performance <div class="field-byline"> By Dinesh Thekkoot and Graham Plastow, University of Alberta; Bob Kemp and Nick Boddicker, Genesus Inc.; and Jack Dekkers and Max Rothschild, Iowa State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Traits associated with lactation in sows have a sizable genetic component and potential for genetic improvement.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-improving-sow-lactation-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/reproduction/blueprint-improving-sow-lactation-performance#comments Animal Well-Being Business Health Marketing Reproduction Sow Productivity Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:25:00 +0000 66471 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Litter size is one of the most important factors that drives milk production in the sow.</p> National Pork Board