Marlys Miller

To pellet or not to pellet

Squeezing every nutrient, and every penny, out of feed is an important task on hog farms today. Whether to grind or pellet swine diets is worth reviewing. FULL STORY »

Dissecting the seasonality of PRRS

The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has been challenging pork producers and veterinarians for nearly three decades. Two University of Minnesota veterinary researchers are working to determine whether PRRS season is a real or imagined phenomenon. FULL STORY »

Carnival Cruise wants sows out of stalls

Carnival Corp.—the cruise-ship folks—announced plans to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. The announcement was released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and its website reported that Carnival Corp. has set a 10-year deadline for suppliers to complete the transition away from gestation-sow-stall housing. FULL STORY »

Kansas presents farm transitions workshop

Farmers always face a long list of decisions, but several more are on tap for the year ahead. To assist, the Meadowlark Extension District and Kansas State University, have set a farm transition workshop for Nov. 17 in Sabetha, Kan. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer and packer margins slip

Pork producer margins slipped a bit on the week ending Oct. 26, with farrow-to-finish producers reporting an average loss of $1.96 per head. Meanwhile, packers gave back $1.31 per head. FULL STORY »

Expanding pork production’s insights and realities

Last week’s release of “A Pig’s Tale” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has drawn significant attention. The four-minute animated video is directed at children, parents and educators. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offers some perspective on the realities of pork production today. FULL STORY »

SDSU receives first funds for swine facility

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is planning to build a teaching and research facility related to hog production and has begun its funding campaign. The first donor to step forward for the proposed $7 million facility is First Bank and Trust, with $250,000. FULL STORY »

Get ventilation management answers, Nov. 7

Livestock producers will have access to a host of experts and information as the University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) will present a “Ventilation and Air Quality for Livestock Systems Field Day.” FULL STORY »

Video provides an accurate look at pig care

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has stepped up not just to meet the challenge presented by the animated film “A Pig's Tale,” but to provide a real-world look at activities on a modern hog farm. USFRA released a nearly four-minute video-- “An accurate portrayal of today’s pig care”. FULL STORY »

HSUS video, ‘A Pig’s Tail’ targets kids

In tandem with Food Day, on Oct. 24, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) rolled out a new video that it says is intended “to inspire people of all ages to consider where their food comes from.” However, the focus is on is children, as A Pig's Tail presents “a pig’s perspective of factory farming,” HSUS contends. FULL STORY »

New Smithfield website emphasizes ‘good food'

Good food. Responsibly. That’s the message in Smithfield Foods’ newly launched website designed to engage audiences to learn more about the company’s brands, products, policies and processes. FULL STORY »

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