The world’s largest pork-specific trade show … a wide range of educational seminars … breeding stock shows and sales … succulent pork products … fun and fellowship — these are just a few reasons to attend the 2013 World Pork Expo. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s event marks the Expo’s 25th anniversary. It is scheduled for June 5 through 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA....More
During 2012, National Hog Farmer readers targeted Web site content pertaining primarily to pigs and the people who manage and care for them. Production-related content continues to be very popular at nationalhogfarmer.com....More
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful, and we think our readers tend to agree. To share our pork industry enthusiasm, we invited readers to submit their favorite photo of their ugliest — or prettiest — pig in June for the first-ever National Hog Farmer “Hogs are Beautiful” Photo Contest....More
Every year attendees at World Pork Expo are asked to vote for their favorite new product introduced to the pork industry within the last year. Prior to World Pork Expo, each company that will be exhibiting at Expo is asked to nominate new products for consideration by a National Hog Farmer World Pork Expo new product review panel....More
The Tube-O-Mat Classic wet/dry feeder from Master Trading is designed for wean-to-finish or finishing pigs. Designed in Denmark, the hopper of the feeder is made of high-density polyethylene with ultraviolet protection. The base is made up of two stainless steel compartments, one for water and one for dry feed....More
Clarcor Air Filtration Products offers the Model 2000-P and 4000-P plastic, three-piece filter housing holding frames for swine buildings. Perry Hartmann, Clarcor sales manager, demonstrated how the compact filter housing encloses two, 24 x 24-in. and two, 20 x 24-in. single header filters. The filter housing box is designed for ceiling inlets....More
The Automated Production Systems (AP) Flow Hammer feed flow device is a patent-pending product that aids in the prevention of out-of-feed events in all phases of swine production. A low-frequency, high-impact design helps minimize feed bridging by having the Flow Hammer strike a bin up to 60 times per minute with 500 lb. of force when there is a feed flow problem. The Flow Hammer is mounted to the bin collar on the outside of the bin and will fit on most 16-in. bin collars on new or existing bins....More
Fostera PRRS is a new, modified-live vaccine option for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), respiratory form of the disease, offered by Pfizer Animal Health. Doug King, senior veterinarian, swine veterinary operations, Pfizer Animal Health, told the new product panel that Fostera PRRS is licensed for the vaccination of healthy pigs three weeks of age or older in PRRS virus-positive herds or in PRRS-seronegative pigs that are deemed to be at risk for exposure to PRRS virus....More
Prima Tech recently launched a new, 0.3-ml. bottle-mounted vaccinator with a dose range of 0.1 ml. to 0.3 ml. The vaccinator allows the barrel to prime at the lowest 0.1-ml. setting. It also offers a full stroke at the 0.3-ml. setting so the user can easily recognize the feel of a successful injection, according to Bob Walber, PrimaTech....More
The ClicRweight wireless, remote weighing system may be in the early stages of development, but the new product panel thought it offered an intriguing approach to fine-tuning feeding programs that could prove useful under the right circumstances....More
DE-Lyte is a liquid nutritional supplement that helps ease pig transitions from the sow to the nursery at weaning time. Russell Fent, Ralco Animal Health, explained, “Typically it takes just over two days for 95% of pigs to come onto feed once they enter the nursery. DE-Lyte is fortified with vitamins D and E to support the young pigs’ transitioning immune system and promote healthy bone development.”...More
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