Brumm Speaks Out: An interesting question at Expo

At the World Pork Expo last week the hot topic of conversation (other than corn condition ratings and pig price expectations) was the ongoing gestation housing debate. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: 17% of sows in open pens

Lately, there have been a few restaurant chains saying they will require, at some time in the future, all of their pork to come from farms that use open pen gestation facilities. At the request of the National Pork Producers Council, I have just completed a survey of 70 large hog firms which have 3.6 million sows (roughly 62.6% of all U.S sows). FULL STORY »

Live from WPX 2012: Dr. Ron Plain takes on gestation stalls Play video

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Dr. Ron Plain, University of Missouri agricultural economist, discusses the debate over the use of gestation-sow stalls and how the move away from the housing system could harm both pigs and consumers. FULL STORY »

Sow housing costs from a lenders’ perspective

Speaking from a lender’s perspective, Mark Greenwood, senior vice president AgStar Financial Services, pointed out there are concerns regarding financing, costs and return on investment associated with converting gestation-sow housing from stalls to a group system. FULL STORY »

Kroger turns up the heat on gestation housing

The United States’ No. 1 traditional grocery chain, Kroger Co., has announced its commitment to sourcing pork from suppliers that eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Sept. 18-19

The 73rd Minnesota Nutrition Conference will provide a forum for feed industry professionals to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition. Speakers will share the latest concepts in livestock feeding. FULL STORY »

NPPC disappointed with McDonald’s decision

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is not happy with McDonald’s decision to move forward with a 2022 deadline requiring its pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

McDonald’s allows 10 years to end gestation stall use

Getting in under the wire of its May deadline, McDonald’s USA announced on Thursday the company will give its pork suppliers 10 years to phase out gestation-sow stalls. McDonald’s says its plan was developed with input from suppliers, pork producers and animal welfare experts. FULL STORY »

Sow seminars set for June 12 and 13

Two seminars will offer ideas and guidance on managing the sow herd. Specifically, an Advanced Swine Reproduction Seminar will help pork producers review and revise their management strategies when it comes to preparing the sow and farrowing space, knowing when/how to assist farrowing sows, managing sows to maximize feed intake and more. FULL STORY »

NPB presents PORK Academy at WPX

PORK Academy is a series of World Pork Expo (WPX) seminars designed to provide information to pork producers about current industry needs and challenges. Industry experts cover a variety of topics, such as herd health, pork exports, transport bedding, economic outlooks and much more. FULL STORY »

International PRRS Symposium set for Nov. 29-30

The International PRRS Symposium is an annual public meeting hosted by the PRRS Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) and National Pork Board (NPB). The symposium will bring together an international group of researchers, students, swine health specialists, companies and producers. FULL STORY »

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