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 »

Livestock producers may see lowered fertility in herds this fall

As if drought damage to pastures and high hay and feed prices aren’t enough, livestock producers may see reduced fertility in their breeding herds this fall. FULL STORY »

Campbell Soup commits to a gestation-stall ban

The Campbell Soup Company, which includes Pepperidge Farms, is now on the list of companies that want their pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. It has set a final deadline of 2022, but hopes to have a gestation-stall-free pork supply by 2017. FULL STORY »

ARAMARK sets 2017 deadline for gestation stalls

The Philadelphia-based ARAMARK joins other foodservice companies in the movement to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its U.S. pork supply channels. The company made the announcement through a news release from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). FULL STORY »

Management of parity groups promotes herd profitability

Second-parity sows are prone to what’s often referred to as a “sophomore slump”. Proper nutrition strategies help prevent this potential slump in future production and keep young sows in the herd longer. FULL STORY »

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next

Visipork Grow-Finish Software

The most complete, cloud based, user friendly grow - finish production software on the market today. Visipork is designed from ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Generate Leads