Brumm Speaks Out: Extreme cold complicates facility heating

Yesterday I was at a new nursery site that went into use last summer. With the extreme cold weather, the owner was having difficulty keeping temperatures stable in the pig zone. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Packer animal welfare programs

At the Iowa and Minnesota Pork Congress, Hormel met with producers who supply live hogs to their slaughter plants. FULL STORY »

IHOP, Applebee's removing gestation-sow stalls from the menu

Restaurant giant, DineEquity, Inc., became the third company this week to announce their decision to end the use of gestation-sow stalls in their pork supply chain. DineEquity’s policy change will affect food served at 3,500 IHOP and Applebee's restaurants. FULL STORY »

Au Bon Pain eliminating gestation-sow stalls

Boston-based café bakery Au Bon Pain has announced it is committed to ending the use of gestation-sow stalls and will require its pork suppliers to completely phase out the stalls by 2017. FULL STORY »

Animal well-being; Expanding the conversation

Taking on a timely topic is a good way to generate discussion, and Yvonne Thaxton has managed to do that in the short time that the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing has existed. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use statistics prove misleading

The oft-cited statistic that 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animals is highly misleading, says Richard Raymond, MD, former undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. Raymond says 28 percent of antibiotics used in animals are ionophores, which have never been approved for use in humans. FULL STORY »

Operation Main Street celebrates eight years

Pork’s positive messages are reaching far beyond meeting rooms and classrooms. Operation Main Street (OMS) presentations have generated more than 800 news stories with a reach of almost 29 million people. FULL STORY »

New or expanding livestock operations must assess water needs

Producers who plan to start or expand a livestock operation need to think about water before moving forward. There are three main uses of water in a livestock operation: drinking water, cooling systems and washing of equipment and buildings. FULL STORY »

Grandin says livestock industry fails to communicate improvements

Animal welfare expert Temple Grandin recognized how animal handling practices and equipment have improved immensely in the past 40 years, but says the ag industry has done a poor job communicating those changes to the public. FULL STORY »

Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition launches online resource

The resource is designed to answer consumers' questions about farm animal care and assist farmers in providing the latest science-based animal care standards. It also provides access to animal care experts. FULL STORY »

Flu activity increases nationwide

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States which is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI). And, even though the flu season is now in full force, the National Pork Board (NPB) still recommends producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs get the seasonal flu vaccination. FULL STORY »

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