Hog weights have, as expected, remained below year-ago levels so far in 2016. The average weight of all hogs (which includes sows, boars and lightweight hogs) has been down, on average, 0.7% versus 2015....More
Iowa Pork Congress is the largest winter swine trade show in the United States, annually attracting 5,000 visitors from more than a dozen states. Attendees visit with nearly 300 companies promoting their products and services for the swine industry.
Minnesota Pork Producers Association is considering a proposal to partner with the state Board of Animal Health to gather PRRS and PEDV status of the origin herds of pigs entering the Gopher State....More
For the past month in central Illinois, weather has been perfect for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome transmission, with temperatures in the 30s, fog, rain and sloppy conditions. Our expected seasonal epidemic of PRRS has started. The onset of a PRRS outbreak in a sow farm is extremely demoralizing to the staff. Virulent strains of PRRS are reported to be lingering longer in herds, with some reported weaning positive pigs for 40 to 50 weeks. Our focus must be to eradicate the wild-type virus from the farm reliably and on a predictable timeline....More
Effective biosurveillance programs are reliant on good communication between veterinarians, veterinary diagnostic laboratories and producers, and the information that each is able to bring to the table to ward off swine diseases....More
Minnesota Pork Congress took over the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis Jan. 19-20, presenting Minnesota's only trade show and educational event dedicated exclusively to pork production and pork producers.
Minnesota pork producers will discuss partnering with the Board of Animal Health to gather information about PRRS and PED status of pigs entering Minnesota, to lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of disease control....More
In his final State of the Union address, President Obama defined his legacy, defended his record and framed the debate for those who would succeed him. In a break from tradition, President Obama limited the laundry list of legislative proposals knowing in this partisan political environment the chance for success is limited at best....More
This year's Congressional agenda expects to be full of election year politics to dominate the session. House Republicans have sent President Obama legislation to repeal “Obamacare” and a disapproval resolution on the Waters of the U.S., knowing both will be vetoed but will use it in the fall elections....More
Researchers in the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have successfully published the first formal identification and characterization of porcine parainfluenza virus 1 from U.S. pigs, which had previously only been detected in Asia....More
Scientists are able to tackle big health obstacles in humans and other animals quicker with this precise genome editing tool, allowing them a cost-effective way to efficiently target, edit, modify and regulate genomic sequencing....More
The National Pork Board introduced a pork industry crisis text news service, Pork Crisis Alert, which will immediately deliver essential information to U.S. pork producers in the event of a major industry-wide emergency....More
Goal of North Dakota State University research was to establish a baseline for fresh-pork quality at the retail level to assist the pork industry with providing a product with more consistent quality for a better eating experience....More