Marketing en Hog Slaughter Numbers Slide but Export Data Offer Good News <div class="field-byline"> By Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., Adel, IA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA numbers show slaughter declines. That Hog and Pigs Report dowsed the market to cool prices. Yet export numbers show a steady rise so far this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Risk Management Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:41:00 +0000 46971 at Russian Pork Export Market Still Closed <div class="field-byline"> By Ashley Bechman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After more than a year of pork exports from the U.S. to Russia being halted, no official decision has been made on when the market will open back up. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:14:00 +0000 45931 at PEDV Fears Push USDA to Avoid Farm Visits to Collect Hogs & Pigs Report Data <div class="field-byline"> Source: Ohio Pork Council </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In an effort to respect biosecurity protocols and reduce the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), USDA is asking pork producers to complete U.S. Hogs & Pigs Report data via online or mail-in forms instead of gathering data from on-farm visits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> PEDV Marketing Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:50:00 +0000 45721 at Pork Consumers Asked to Express Their Love for the True Star of the Dinner Plate <div class="field-byline"> National Pork Board </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Whether it's served as a barbeque sandwich or straight off the grill, pork is a versatile, family-favorite meal, which is why it comes as no surprise that it has captivated the hearts of people all across America.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:36:00 +0000 45691 at Photo courtesy of Pork Be Inspired Many Factors are Working Together to Impact Pork Supply <div class="field-byline"> By Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., Adel, IA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There are a number of news items of value today and they have some broad implications. First, the number of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) case accessions at veterinary diagnostic labs fell for the week of February 10. (See Figure 1 in this story). Furthermore, the decline was the largest on record outside of the sharp drop at Christmas. Those are the good news items. The bad news is that the 30-case decline was from the all-time record high of 301 accessions the week of February 3, and that one point does not make a trend. But in this fight, we’ll take all of the good news we can get. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:28:00 +0000 45681 at Annual Study Focuses on Increase in Home-Cooked Meat-Dishes and Meal-Time Opportunities for Retailers <div class="field-byline"> Source: American Meat Institute and Food Marketing Institute </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When shopping for food consumers place high importance on value, quality and variety, especially when making decisions in the meat aisle, according to the Power of Meat survey which is published by the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:36:00 +0000 45531 at A Taste for Pork Spreads Over Many Cultures and Ethnicities <div class="field-byline"> Source: National Pork Board </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Pork Checkoff recently performed a study, which shows that several multicultural consumers are dining on fresh pork more often than the average consumer who is within the Checkoff's target market. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:42:00 +0000 45521 at U.S. Pork Faced Stiff Export Competition in 2013 <div class="field-byline"> Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports that exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb closed 2013 on a mixed note. Pork exports declined below 2012’s record highs, while beef exports eclipsed the $6 billion mark for the first time, setting a new annual value record. Lamb sales rose in value on lower volumes, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by USMEF.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:27:00 +0000 45181 at Do you believe all livestock producers were given a fair shake in the 2014 Farm Bill? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>After years of discussion and wondering of whether or not there would ever be a farm bill, both the Senate and the House have finally passed it.</p> </div><form action="/poll/02062014" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-checkboxes"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1231-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1231"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1231]" id="edit-choice-1231" value="1231" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, although it took a while for them to arrive to a final Farm Bill, I belive it is fair to everyone.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1241-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1241"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1241]" id="edit-choice-1241" value="1241" class="form-checkbox" /> No, it focuses more on crop insurance than it does on the livestock industry.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1251-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1251"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[1251]" id="edit-choice-1251" value="1251" class="form-checkbox" /> I'm just glad they passed a Farm Bill.</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="45131" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-9223e5e7d9c3a6ceda48d63f4eb2c445" value="form-9223e5e7d9c3a6ceda48d63f4eb2c445" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Business Marketing Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:58:16 +0000 45131 at Reinforcing Proper Animal Care <div class="field-byline"> By Joe Vansickle </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When Riley Lewis heard that his packer, Hormel Foods, was planning third-party audits of hog farms, the Forest City, IA, producer admits his initial reaction was less than lukewarm. Lewis first learned of Hormel’s Farm Animal Care and Treatment Specifications (FACTS) program this past winter at an informational meeting in Des Moines, IA. The program, which requires producers to adhere to a specific set of animal care standards through development of standard operating procedures and other documentation, would award no premiums for the extra effort. In addition, producers were told that they would be subject to third-party audits conducted on behalf of the packer to help ensure the principles of the program were being carried out. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:02:00 +0000 44921 at <p>Iowa pork producer Riley Lewis and Suidae Animal Health veterinarian Amber Stricker have worked together to build a customized on-farm program that prepares Lewis for a possible packer audit.</p>