The Big Dutchman DryExact Pro is a computer-controlled, chain-disk feeding system that gives producers the ability to deliver a different diet to each feeder. The system uses a batch mixer to blend and deliver individual feed recipes and allows for easy, multi-phase feeding. A two-loop system can feed different diets simultaneously, allowing for quick distribution of feed with one batch mixer....More
The Bioverse AgraSphere went on the market last fall after eight years of development, according to Bioverse’s Brad Carson. The product distributes beneficial bacteria into manure storage systems to reduce sludge buildup and crusting using a biodegradable sphere made of a corn-based polymer....More
While the 2012 National Hog Farmer World Pork Expo New Product Review Panel found there were often a number of products targeting the same need at this year’s trade show, they worked hard to make sure they brought forward new ideas for consideration wherever possible....More
More than one out of every four hogs harvested in the United States is destined for international markets, and the Pork Checkoff is strengthening partnerships that put more U.S. pork on the world’s table, especially in Mexico.
“Mexico has a growing middle class, and people are increasing their animal protein consumption,” says Becca Hendricks, assistant vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff....More
Despite a mixed bag of economic factors, pork producers will have opportunities to lock in profits in the months ahead, says Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics and author of Market Preview in National Hog Farmer’s Weekly Preview.
It will pay to keep an eye on a number of issues that could influence the markets, says Meyer, who spoke at the Pork Checkoff’s Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy at the 2012 World Pork Expo last week in Des Moines, IA. These include:...More
A study commissioned by the National Pork Board finds that while pig farms of the 1950s may be remembered as idyllic, they were not as sustainable as today’s systems.
From the 1959 baseline, today’s hog operations offer a 35% decrease in carbon footprint, a 41% reduction in water usage and a 78% reduction in land required to produce a pound of pork....More
The National Hog Farmer World Pork Expo New Product Review Panel evaluated new products on behalf of producers who cannot make it to World Pork Expo. Hear a summary of this year's hot new products....More
A farmer and pork production executive from Algona, IA, has been elected president of the National Pork Board. Conley Nelson was named during the board’s meeting prior to World Pork Expo last week in Des Moines, IA.
Nelson, the Pork Board’s vice president previously, owns a 4,400-head, wean-to-finish operation on a farm that has been in the family for more than 120 years. He also serves as general manager of the Murphy-Brown LLC Midwest operation that oversees 75,000 sows and markets 3.4 million hogs a year....More
The 2012 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines did a comprehensive job of highlighting all facets of the business of pork production. While companies were displaying new technology for owner/operators on the trade show floor, the next generation of young pork producers were showing a record number of entries in the World Pork Expo Junior National Show on the other side of the fairgrounds. The World Pork Expo Open Show also attracted some of the best purebred genetics suppliers in the country.
Hog prices have been disappointing of late, not reaching the $100 mark that many expected. The hog market could have life left in it, however, according to Dr. Steve Meyer. Meyer, a regular speaker at World Pork Expo, talked about the outlook for hog prices and for wheat feeding in this interview...More
The U.S. Senate has agreed to take up the farm bill proposed by its Ag Committee, but there’s no guarantee the legislation will be passed this year. Sam Carney, a producer from Adair, Iowa, talks about the National Pork Producer Council’s farm bill priorities and legislative issues in this interview...More
You had to have a name tag and some pork industry credibility to get through the gates of World Pork Expo this week. Take a look at the photo and video galleries our staff took of the World Pork Expo action over the past few days at http://nationalhogfarmer.com/. You will see real people who believe in the pork industry. Meanwhile, even as World Pork Expo was taking place, Twitter was being flooded with a very coordinated series of “attack tweets” pertaining to the pork industry as a whole, and gestation stalls in particular....More
It's all about the pork at World Pork Expo this year. Everywhere you look something tasty seems to be on the grill. Take a look at our photo gallery from the first and second days of World Pork Expo and be inspired (and possibly hungry).
The introduction of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 in both houses of Congress has touched off a wave of concern among other livestock groups. The NPPC's Audrey Adamson talks about some of those concerns and the impact of the legislation in other countries...More
The skies were overcast at this year's World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. But those clouds may have a silver lining for hog and cattle producers. Iowa State University's Elwynn Taylor told World Pork Expo attendees that the 2012 corn and soybean crops are off to a good start...More
Some pork producers have moved to open pens for sows, but the overwhelming majority continue to use gestation stalls, according to a University of Missouri study released at World Pork Expo. Dr. Ron Plain discusses the results and some inplications of the study in this interview following a press conference at the Expo in Des Moines, Iowa....More
Recent announcements from food service companies and retailers about bans on gestation stalls for sows have sent shock waves through the industry. Some estimate the bans could costs producers $200 to $300 per sow to convert their facilities. AgStar's Mark Greenwood talked about the impacts during a press conference at World Pork Expo...More
We asked National Hog Farmer booth visitors to share the main motivator that got them to journey to Des Moines for World Pork Expo this year. They also told us about the coolest thing they had seen so far on the first day of Expo.
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful and we think you might agree! To share our pork industry enthusiasm we are inviting our readers to submit your favorite photo of your ugliest--or prettiest-- pig....More
Excitement is building for next week’s World Pork Expo, to be held June 6-8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. National Hog Farmer brings you up-to-the-minute information about the world’s largest pork industry-specific trade show....More