Cooney: Weaner breakeven nears $75

Pricing off the May lean hog contract shows a weaner breakeven of $74.26 up $1.51 for the week. Futures prices were up $1.38 for the week and feed costs were up $1.30 per head. FULL STORY »

13,000 sows, piglets killed in massive fire

“This is really hard for us right now,” said Cougar Run Sow Farm employee Kaycee Gebhart. “A truck is replaceable, barns are replaceable, but these hogs are our livelihood, and we cared for them every day.” FULL STORY »

Winter outlook: Hola El Niño, adios Polar Vortex

Winter forecasts offer a glimmer into the possibilities of a wild (or mild) season, but what does the 2014-2015 winter hold? See what forecasters are expecting from Old Man Winter. FULL STORY »

Pacific trade talks progress but gap remains between U.S., Japan

Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the United States over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives said on Monday. FULL STORY »

I’m a Drover: Unexpected love Image Gallery

If you’ve ever taken a bite of meat, chances are Gary Smith has had a direct impact on your life. The food safety guru, unexpected “meat head” and animal agriculture advocate has made contributions to the livestock industry worldwide – and he’s not done. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Interview: Nina Teicholz

The author of bestseller The Big Fat Surprise has a message that ought to resonate with the industry: Not only is meat important in the diet, but the fat found in meat is absolutely essential. FULL STORY »

Vermont seeks nutrient trading study

Vermont is exploring the potential of a phosphorus trading program to improve water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Retail pork prices average $4.215 per pound

Retail prices of pork were record high in September for the seventh consecutive month. Pork averaged $4.215 per pound last month. That is up 1.5 cents from the month before and up 42.3 cents from September 2013. FULL STORY »

Mark Greenwood named president of The Maschhoffs, LLC

The Maschhoffs, LLC, the largest independent pork producer in the U.S. headquartered in Carlyle, IL, announced Friday that it has named Mark Greenwood as president. FULL STORY »

Commentary: In praise of ‘street meat’

For most of us, roadkill is something to swerve around, not something to serve up. But that might be changing, for ecological, as well as economic considerations. FULL STORY »

All is quiet on the drought front

There was little change in the Drought Monitor report, but relief may be on the way for parched California. FULL STORY »

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