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Murphy: The great debate

Who’s right? ‘Hardcore’ activists who want complete elimination of livestock? Or ‘reformers’ who want to make production humane? Who cares? Let’s just hope they just keep on fighting.

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TQA program focuses on biosecurity, herd health

Whether it’s transporting pigs to harvest or moving pigs between farms, animal handlers play a key role in maintaining herd health. The Pork Checkoff’s Transport Quality Assurance program (TQA®) was updated to enhance safe handling, biosecurity and swine disease, such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).

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ASA urges Congress to include increased truck capacity in 2015 Highway Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is touting a research project released yesterday by the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) that examines the effects of increasing truck weight limits on federal highways. The project, titled, “Heavier Semis: A Good Idea?” was funded by the soybean checkoff and is an update of a 2009 report that looks at the impact of increasing truck weight limits on federal roads and bridges from the current 80,000 lbs., with a five axle configuration to 97,000 lbs., with the addition of a sixth axle.

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2014 U.S. pork exports year-over-year lower

December pork exports were 394 million pounds, 13 percent below a year earlier. For the fourth quarter, exports totaled 1.142 billion pounds, almost 15 percent below a year earlier. In 2014, U.S. pork exports were almost 4.858 billion pounds, 2.7 percent below shipments in 2013. The largest foreign buyers of U.S. pork in 2014 are summarized below. It is notable that in terms of volume, Mexico surpassed Japan last year.

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