PEDv on the rise in No. 2 hog state North Carolina

After laying dormant during the hot summer weather, the onset of cooler fall temperatures has increased the spread of a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) in North Carolina, the second-biggest hog producer, a state agriculture official said. FULL STORY »

$75,000 available for PRRS research

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has called for proposals for the 2014 Advancement in PRRS Research Awards. Three awards will be presented next year. FULL STORY »

FLEXcombo 250 doses HSB swine vaccine introduced

The new vaccine is FLEXcombo 250 doses HSB swine vaccine. The Circovirus and M. hyo vaccine package features a larger M. hyo bottle for easier mixing. FULL STORY »

Transport trailers can promote spread of PEDV

Biosecurity extends beyond the farm when it comes to preventing the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and that includes transport vehicles. FULL STORY »

Swine AI training deadline approaching

Artificial Insemination in Swine Production will be April 12-13 at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Minn. FULL STORY »

Pork producers reaffirm choice on sow housing

At the National Pork Industry Forum last week, pork producers approved a resolution reaffirming the industry's position that producers should be able to select a sow housing system. FULL STORY »

Heavier-born pigs may result in greater long-term productivity

Sow nutrition and management can help producers meet birth weight benchmarks. FULL STORY »

Heavier pigs at birth may result in greater productivity

When it comes to litters, size matters. Larger numbers of pigs per litter have a direct correlation with an operation’s total pigs marketed; however, for these pigs to meet their full potential, adequate birth weights are necessary. FULL STORY »

Iowa State researchers awarded grant to study PRRS

The researchers, led by Jack Dekkers, professor of animal science, will seek to identify genes in pigs that make them less susceptible to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). FULL STORY »

Smithfield continues conversion to group housing

Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced that at the end of 2012 it had successfully transitioned 38 percent of pregnant sows on its company-owned farms in the United States from individual gestation stalls to group housing systems. FULL STORY »

Risk to increase for producers in 2013

December’s USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released last Friday indicates higher risk levels await U.S. producers in 2013. Expected reductions in the U.S. swine herd due to record high 2012 feed prices have not materialized, according to industry analysts following release of the report. FULL STORY »

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