Marlys Miller

China’s pork production will change the world market

Pork is China’s No. 1 consumed meat, and like the country’s population, the hunger for it is growing. If current trends in China's pork production and industrialization continue, corn imports could reach 20 million tons annually within just five short years, according to a Rabobank report. FULL STORY »

Hog report reflects producers’ dramatic response

Even though USDA’s September pig crop report shows most production categories equal to year-ago levels or down just slightly, market analysts are calling the results dramatic. That’s because in June, pork producers were planning to expand production. Now facing drought-reduced feed supplies, producers have made a U-turn and are cutting breeding herd numbers as well as farrowing intentions. FULL STORY »

Profit not in the cards for pork producers

U.S. pork producers have quickly changed production plans in response to record-high feed prices that appear to be on the horizon for some months to come, but profitability will remain out of reach, according to analysts dissecting USDA’s September Hogs and Pigs Report. FULL STORY »

Gestation stalls to drop off Chili’s menu

Brinker International, which owns the Chili’s restaurant chain, reports that the company will work with its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls. The company’s announcement acknowledges that “there are various ways to achieve our animal welfare beliefs…including phasing out gestation stalls,” adding that such actions will “take some time to implement.” FULL STORY »

Sign up for swine castration seminar Oct. 8

In keeping with an ongoing effort to inform all parties involved in the pork supply chain about on-farm production practices, the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) will hold its second webinar. Scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, the webinar will focus on swine castration. FULL STORY »

HSUS files suit against USDA; Targets NPPC funding

Ratcheting up its pressure on the U.S. pork sector, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a lawsuit on Monday against USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. HSUS is specifically targeting the transfer of and payment for the advertising slogan “Pork. The Other White Meat” from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to the National Pork Board (NPB) as an “unlawful” act. FULL STORY »

ConAgra sets timeline to eliminate gestation stalls

ConAgra Foods wants its pork suppliers to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company wants its pork suppliers to present actionable plans by 2017 that address both the elimination of gestation stalls and creation of traceability systems within the pork supply chain. The ultimate deadline is set for 2022. FULL STORY »

Hillshire Brands sets 2022 to end gestation-sow stalls

Hillshire Brands has joined the ranks of companies that will work toward eliminating gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. While the company does not raise hogs, it plans to advance “fact-based discussions with its suppliers and the industry in general, on alternatives to traditional gestational housing.” FULL STORY »

RFA wants stakeholders to comment on RFS waiver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period regarding whether or not to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to Oct. 11. FULL STORY »

Pork producers address issues in WDC

Farmers and ranchers flooded the nation’s Capital last week not just due to the “Farm Bill Now!” rally, but pork producers from across the nation visited with their senators and representatives on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the 2012 Farm Bill and more. FULL STORY »

Retail pork supplier sets gestation-stall-free deadline at 2017

A major U.S. food distributor-- Atlantic Premium Brands Ltd.—wants its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. Some of its retail clients include the grocery chains Walmart, HEB, Kroger, Costco, Win Dixie, Sam’s Club, Safeway, and SuperValu. FULL STORY »

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