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 »

HSUS wants Tyson Foods to disclose gestation stall plans

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has submitted a shareholder resolution to Tyson Foods requesting that the Springdale, Ark.-based pork producer/packer “disclose to shareholders how it plans to meet the growing demand for pork produced without the use of gestation crates.” HSUS points to “poor earnings” in Tyson’s third-quarter profit report released on Aug. 6, as the reason behind the request. FULL STORY »

PRRS vaccine now available in 100-dose vial

Swine veterinarians and producers can use fewer bottles of Ingelvac PRRS MLV to vaccinate their pigs and breeding herds against porcine reproductive and respiratory (PRRS) virus with the availability of a new 100-dose vial. FULL STORY »

HSUS ads spotlight gestation-sow stalls

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has initiated a web-based ad campaign this week that targets U.S. pork producers using gestation-sow stalls. The ad zeroes in on a recent comment that a National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) spokesperson made regarding gestation-stall housing, as reported by the National Journal. FULL STORY »

Online breeding stock course begins Aug. 27

The breeding stock management course will focus on the technical aspects of the breeding, gestation and farrowing departments in a swine operation. Topics include the conditioning, care and management of gilts, sows and boars; breeding schedules; breeding methods; replacement strategies; and more. FULL STORY »

Sysco joins the no-gestation-stalls list

Joining the ranks of food companies that want pork suppliers to stop using gestation-sow stalls is Sysco, headquartered in Houston, Texas. With a 17.5 percent market share, Sysco is North America’s largest foodservice distributor. FULL STORY »

PIC implements imputation of selection candidates

PIC has continued acceleration of genetic improvement by successfully developing and routinely implementing imputation of 60K SNP genotypes for nucleus selection candidates. FULL STORY »

TrustHouse foodservice provider joins gestation-stall ban

On Thursday, another food company added its name to the growing list of those committing to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply. TrustHouse Services Group, based in Charlotte, N.C., made the announcement in a joint forum with the Humane Society of the United States. FULL STORY »

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