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Best of the Blogs: January/February 2013
The best blogs featured in the January/February 2013 issue of porkNetwork include Farmgate Blog's post on lower insurance rates, Mike Brumm's look at real nutrition requirements and a look at Scott Hurd, DVM's take on Consumer Reports
taking on pork. Full story.
Quality Colostrum: First Step in Producing Full-Potential Pigs
The U.S. pork industry has the genetics in place to reach the goal of 30 pigs per sow per year — or psy — but pre-weaning mortality remains a cause for concern. In fact, the most recent USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System study estimates that 12.9 percent of pigs born live die before weaning. Full story.
PRRS Researchers Seek Disease-resistant Pigs
Swine genomic markers, phenotypes, chromosomes and genotyping are playing an increasingly important role in the latest efforts against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Full story.
Improve Your Hiring and Training to Boost Worker Retention Rate
Recruiting new employees is one of the most daunting challenges facing pork producers, demanding the know-how to hire and retain the right workers. But recruitment and hiring are just the beginning of the story. Full story.
Recent Trends in Swine Production Contracts
Today, the majority of swine purchased by packers is procured through production contracts. Full story.
Consumer Misperceptions about Food Remain
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance recently released findings of a survey conducted about Americans’ perceptions on food production. Full story.
Checkoff-funded Research Grows in Importance
With significant budget cutbacks occurring in swine research at USDA as well as university Extension departments all across the country, the research conducted by the National Pork Board, with funding from Pork Checkoff, is growing in importance. Full story.
Outlook for 2013 Hinges on Drought Prospects
For many U.S. pork producers, 2012 was one for the record book: record corn and soybean prices, record summer temperatures and, for some, record production losses. Full story.
Will Drought Continue in 2013?
Last summer’s drought will remain in farmers’ memories for years. Exactly how long its effects will remain, however, will depend on moisture levels to be recorded in the new year. Full story.