Many families will be gathering together this next week for Easter, and some of the best times together will be spent around the table — feasting and sharing life’s stories, successes, trials, and tribulations.
Chances are that table talk may also involve the actual feast in front of the hungry guests, and hopefully that feast will have a nice ham as the center of attention. That ham may also come with a side of how the ham got from the farm to the table....More
Antibiotics are a necessity in today’s livestock and human health care; however, how and to what extent they are used is evolving as concerns arise about overuse in food animals and drug-resistant bacteria in both man and animal....More
Lameness is a swine production issue that all hog farms encounter. While the cause can vary, it becomes not only an important area of focus for an animal's well-being, but also a reoccurring problem that can cripple profits....More
Nearly 300 National Pork Industry Forum delegates, pig farmers and U.S. pork industry staff gathered to learn more about the upcoming regulatory changes, legislation and leading industry issues that will shape the future of the pork business.
Consumer-driven changes to agriculture and the hog industry are not going away, and the antibiotic-use issue is only the latest. Producers need to be front and center on promoting the responsible animal care principles implemented....More
The first few hours of life can define the lifetime performance of a pig. A weak pig will also struggle, especially as it is exposed to an array of antigens and environmental stresses as it grows....More
The Swine Health Monitoring Project’s principles are grounded in bringing both short- and long-term value to participants and the U.S. swine industry as a whole. In the short term, the SHMP helps determine incidence of pathogens important to the industry and helps identify risk factors associated with infection at the system and aggregate levels....More
The National Pork Producers Council urges Congress to work with the Obama administration to improve the preparedness of the United States to deal with a foreign pest infestation or disease outbreak....More
Representatives of U.S. livestock associations testified to the House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture the need for a vaccine bank to protect the nation’s livestock industry from FMD....More
Hog producers and their veterinarians are presently engaged in the evaluation of their on-farm animal health treatment practices and recordkeeping to ensure compliance with the enhanced Veterinary Feed Directive rule, which is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017....More
Citing the seriousness of the disease and the devastation it could cause the U.S. livestock industry, the National Pork Producers Council today urged congressional lawmakers and the Obama administration to make dealing with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease a priority....More