HSUS sow stall effort “absolutely not justifiable”

The Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) validation of sow gestation stalls as not being humane and not sustainable is “absolutely not justifiable,” said Janeen Salek-Johnson, associate professor of animal well-being, University of Illinois. FULL STORY »

Retail pork supplier sets gestation-stall-free deadline at 2017

A major U.S. food distributor-- Atlantic Premium Brands Ltd.—wants its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. Some of its retail clients include the grocery chains Walmart, HEB, Kroger, Costco, Win Dixie, Sam’s Club, Safeway, and SuperValu. FULL STORY »

The impact of PRRS on the cost of pig production

One of the most prominent health issues in the pork industry is the porcine reproductive and repository syndrome virus (PRRSv). It causes extended days to market for growing pigs and reproductive problems in the breeding herd. FULL STORY »

New feeding knowledge distributed to specialists

With a world tour that visited 20 countries, the ToPigs nutrition team has introduced new feeding manuals for sows. This intensive knowledge distribution reached 700 feeding specialists in just 6 months. FULL STORY »

Recording birth weights helps identify full potential pigs

During times of high feed costs, pork producers should carefully evaluate key production data to help identify those animals with the best chance to become full potential pigs. Piglet birth weight is one such key parameter. FULL STORY »

Group gestation will change selection and management dynamics

“Today’s sows are not your parents’ sows,” Tim Loula, DVM, St. Peter Veterinary Clinic, told attendees of a FeetFirst swine conference on Thursday presented by Zinpro. The most dramatic difference is that over the past 20 years, the sow herd has become tremendously more productive requiring different approaches to management, selection and animal care. FULL STORY »

SowBridge educational series starts Nov. 7

The information you receive through the SowBridge program will improve your understanding and increase productivity in breeding herds and farrowing systems. Participants will gain valuable information to improve their operation through direct access to professionals. FULL STORY »

Regional PRRS Elimination Project meeting Sept. 10

The meeting will be held Sept. 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Prinsburg, Minn. and will include current site status and updated maps of the four sub-regions - Stevens County Area, Kandiyohi/Renville County Area, Rice Area and Northwest Minnesota. FULL STORY »

Hog slaughter surges to year’s highest level

High feed prices brought on by the 2012 drought have pushed hog slaughter to its highest level so far this year as U.S. pork producers search for ways to reduce their skyrocketing feed bills. Pork producers are looking at a loss of between $20 to $30 per head for the next six months, according to an industry analyst. FULL STORY »

Predicting sows' milk yield to meet nutrient requirements

After studying how variations in litter size affect milk production, researchers found that many nutrient requirement recommendations for sows are either underestimated or overestimated. FULL STORY »

Culling expands as feed costs cut hog margins

Criteria for herd culling may need to be expanded to new levels as record-level feed prices cut into pork producer margins. Facing $8 per bushel corn and soybean meal around $550 per ton, one Iowa producer scrutinizes his stock more closely and doesn’t keep problem pigs around that won’t make it to his primary market. FULL STORY »

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