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Tumbling livestock quotes led ag commodites lower Wednesday

Crop tour results again weighed on corn and soy futures. A privately sponsored tour of Corn Belt fields is yielding some very high forecasts for the fall harvest, thereby exerting fresh downward pressure upon new-crop corn and soy futures. FULL STORY »

Photo of the Day: All hands (and feet) on deck

When it comes time for pig chores, everyone chips in. FULL STORY »

Kan. veterinarians get soaked in Ice Bucket Challenge

Staff at a rural veterinary practice in central Kansas have joined the ranks of politicians, celebrities and everyday Americans who are getting soaked in ice water in the name of charity. FULL STORY »

Foodservice operations need to understand meat expiration dates

Recent global media reports speak of “rotten” or “tainted” meat being used in overseas meat processing and foodservice operations. Was the meat really spoiled or did it get handled in a manner that was acceptable but that wasn’t conveyed to employees or end users? FULL STORY »

Strong foreign demand for U.S. pork in June

Despite very strong June wholesale pork prices, U.S. pork exports in June were more than 4 percent higher than a year ago. FULL STORY »

Be ready for late summer heat

Just when you thought summer was nearly over, a late-season heatwave is building in much of the country. That means it's time for pork producers, pig handlers and livestock haulers to take extra precautions to ensure the best possible care and well-being for the pigs and everyone involved. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures led most ag markets lower Wednesday morning

Crop tour results continue weighing on corn and soy futures. A privately sponsored tour of Corn Belt fields is yielding some very high forecasts for the fall harvest, thereby exerting fresh downward pressure upon new-crop corn and soy futures. FULL STORY »

Tyson Foods looks for other pork export markets after China ban

Tyson Foods Inc plans to find other export markets for its pork products after a recent delivery to China triggered an export ban of half its U.S. hog slaughterhouses, the company told Reuters. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The shock doc

A British TV doctor tries to one-up the SuperSize Me model—but his pathetic attempt not only falls flat as entertainment but implicitly endorses. FULL STORY »

Feed industry responds to PEDv study

New research confirms suspicions that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus can be spread through feed, and now the American Feed Industry Association has responded. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins continue downward trend

Farrow-to-finish margins continue to decline, dropping from $77.80 per head in the previous week to $61.74 per head for the week ending August 15, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

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