Nutrition http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6601/more en 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 Pig farmers urged to prepare for new VFD rule now http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/pig-farmers-urged-prepare-new-vfd-rule-now <div class="node-body audio-body"><p>National Pork Producers Council chief veterinarian, Liz Wagstrom, sat down with National Hog Farmer staff to discuss the new Veterinary Feed Directive rule and the changes soon coming to the farm.&nbsp; The new Veterinary Feed Directive and prescription changes for water-based antibiotics go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 but the transition period is starting now.</p></div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/animal-well-being/pig-farmers-urged-prepare-new-vfd-rule-now" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/site-files/nationalhogfarmer.com/files/imagecache/med_crop/uploads/2016/06/27533060476d2d2a47947o.jpg" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="field-audio-file"> <span>Audio File:&nbsp;</span> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-audio-mpeg" alt="audio/mpeg icon" src="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/audio-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/site-files/nationalhogfarmer.com/files/podcast/audio/wpx-16-nppc-wagstrom-vfd.mp3" type="audio/mpeg; length=4534438">wpx-16-nppc-wagstrom-vfd.mp3</a></div> </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/pig-farmers-urged-prepare-new-vfd-rule-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/pig-farmers-urged-prepare-new-vfd-rule-now#comments Animal Well-Being Food Animal Report Health Nutrition Health Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:49:00 +0000 68031 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 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 Transitioning to antibiotic-free? Tighten up these five areas of pig production http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/transitioning-antibiotic-free-tighten-these-five-areas-pig-production <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>Is 2016 the year of antibiotic-free products? After a brief look at the supermarket shelves today, many may say yes. Antibiotic-free brands, such as Open Prairie Natural Pork, Applegate Natural &amp; Organic Meats, Farm Promise Pork and Niman Ranch, are popping up in meat counters across the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/transitioning-antibiotic-free-tighten-these-five-areas-pig-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal Well-Being Health Nutrition Health Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:31:29 +0000 67421 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com USDA makes $130 million available for viable plant and animal production systems http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/usda-makes-130-million-available-viable-plant-and-animal-production-systems <div class="field-byline"> By P. Scott Shearer, Bockorny Group, Washington, D.C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA announced that it is making $130 million in funding available for education, research and Extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/usda-makes-130-million-available-viable-plant-and-animal-production-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-well-being/usda-makes-130-million-available-viable-plant-and-animal-production-systems#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Food Animal Report Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Resources Legislative Preview Mon, 30 May 2016 02:57:00 +0000 67311 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Getty Images/Mark Wilson Ralco updates website http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/ralco-updates-website <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>Ralco announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its <a href="http://www.ralcoagriculture.com" target="_blank">website</a>.&nbsp;The revamped website positions Ralco as a company that provides the agriculture and aquaculture industries with trusted solutions as well as offering users extensive information about Ralco&rsquo;s people, purpose, science and technologies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/ralco-updates-website" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Marketing Nutrition Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:00 +0000 67201 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com EPA proposes increase in RFS for 2017; still below Congressional levels http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/epa-proposes-increase-rfs-2017-still-below-congressional-levels <div class="field-byline"> By P. Scott Shearer, Bockorny Group, Washington, D.C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 at 18.8 billion gallons of renewable fuels with 14.8 billion gallons from corn ethanol.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/epa-proposes-increase-rfs-2017-still-below-congressional-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/epa-proposes-increase-rfs-2017-still-below-congressional-levels#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Facilities Marketing Nutrition Legislative Preview Mon, 23 May 2016 15:46:00 +0000 67111 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Microbial xylanase added to pig diets containing rice bran increases energy value http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/microbial-xylanase-added-pig-diets-containing-rice-bran-increases-energy-value <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body">​Research at the University of Illinois is finding ways to make rice bran more efficient as a feed ingredient for pigs.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/microbial-xylanase-added-pig-diets-containing-rice-bran-increases-energy-value" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/nutrition/microbial-xylanase-added-pig-diets-containing-rice-bran-increases-energy-value#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Nutrition Tue, 17 May 2016 19:47:00 +0000 66961 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com More hog profits in the year ahead, tempered by meat production http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/more-hog-profits-year-ahead-tempered-meat-production <div class="node-body article-body">Meat production is expected to continue to rise, but so is per capita consumption.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/more-hog-profits-year-ahead-tempered-meat-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/marketing/more-hog-profits-year-ahead-tempered-meat-production#comments Animal Well-Being Business Food Animal Report Facilities Marketing Nutrition Mon, 16 May 2016 19:06:00 +0000 66951 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com