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Pork groups respond to McDonald’s gestation-stall policy

McDonald's Corp. has announced that it will develop a plan to transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional gestation-sow stalls. Both the National Pork Board (NPB) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offered a response. FULL STORY »

HSUS targets Seaboard, Prestage and Wal-Mart

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released an undercover video taken at two swine systems near Goodwell, Okla.-- Seaboard Foods’ and Prestage Farms’ breeding and gestation facilities. HSUS also filed complaints with the U.S. Securities and Exchange and Federal Trade Commission involving statements on Seaboard’s website. FULL STORY »

U.S. Supreme Court overturns ‘downer’ slaughter law

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled against a California law that bans the slaughter of all non-ambulatory animals. The case was known as National Meat Association v. Harris, and included all non-ambulatory livestock— but specifically addressed fatigued hogs. FULL STORY »

Minnesota regional PRRS meeting, Dec. 5

To update pork producers on voluntary regional efforts to control porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and to encourage participation, a meeting will be Dec. 5, in Prinsburg, Minn. FULL STORY »

Swine disease management sets a good example

Livestock production today is efficient and for the most part conducted under the best management available, including close relationships with veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Traceability is like a bad penny

Animal identification is like a bad penny, it just keeps coming back around. But unlike that penny, animal ID/traceback is becoming increasingly valuable in the marketplace and not having an all-inclusive program is becoming increasingly risky. FULL STORY »

Spronk receives Allen D. Leman Science in Practice award

Gordon Spronk, DVM, Pipestone, Minn., received the 2011 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. Created in honor of Allen D. Leman, DVM, the award honors individuals who have made a significant impact on swine health management research. FULL STORY »

Minnesota PRRS elimination meeting, Sept. 12

The effort to eliminate the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus started with a project around Morris, Minn. Now Minnesota is adding one more to the total of two dozen PRRS Area Regional Control and Elimination projects underway across the United States. FULL STORY »

Can you identify FMD in swine?

To assist veterinarians and pork producers, a new Foot Mouth Disease Pocket Guide includes laminated pictures of FMD symptoms in swine and feral swine, and more what steps to take. FULL STORY »

Plan to attend 2011 Leman Swine Conference

Each year the University of Minnesota Veterinary College presents the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, to provide “Science-driven solutions” to veterinarians, consultants, producers and others committed to the pork industry. This year’s events will take place Sept. 17-20, in St. Paul, Minn. FULL STORY »

FSIS identifies penicillin residues in culled sows

USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service reports that several penicillin G violative residues have surfaced in culled sows brought to market. The American Association of Swine Veterinarians provides insight and advice. FULL STORY »

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