Kansas State University researchers have proven that when swine feed contains medium chain fatty acids those pigs will be able to fend off the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus which claimed an estimated 8 million pigs in 2014....More
A big concern for hog markets this year is whether supplies will out-strip packing capacity this fall, and a look into the December Hogs and Pigs report uncovers some cause for concern this fall....More
Early indications are agricultural research will be a big winner when President Obama releases his Fiscal Year ’17 budget. The administration’s budget is proposing $700 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative....More
In a few minutes with the National Junior Swine Association recipients of The Maschhoffs Pork Production scholarship — Morgan Cox, Danika Miller, Lexi Marek, Jackson Johnson and Caleb Grohmann — one can see an openness to accept change and a drive to advance the U.S. pork business beyond conceivable limits....More
Weaning is a defining moment in a pig’s lifetime performance. Overall, gastrointestinal disorders are a major drain to profit margins in animal production. Adam Moeser, D.V.M. Ph.D. at Michigan State University, says gut function and susceptibility to disease is multifactorial and involves interaction between pathogens, pigs and the environment....More
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