Breeding

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 »

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 »

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 »

Iowa State student receives NSIF award

Caitlyn Abell received the 2011 Lauren L. Christian Graduate Student Award from the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF). She is studying the economic value of genomic selection for swine genetic companies. FULL STORY »

Pig Adventure Center to break ground this spring

Owned and operated by Belstra Milling, the 2,400-head sow farm, nursery and gilt development site will begin construction by April or May, according to Malcolm DeKryger, vice president and business development director at Belstra. FULL STORY »

Save the date for NSR’s Summer Spectacular

The National Junior Swine Association’s National Junior Summer Spectacular and National Swine Registry’s Summer Type Conference are unifying to make the Summer Spectacular. The event will take place on July 3-7, in Louisville, Ky. FULL STORY »

Raising and marketing heritage hog breeds

In the world of local niche foods, raising heritage livestock is becoming just as popular as growing heirloom fruits and vegetables, and a non-profit organization in North Carolina has received funding to educate farmers on producing and marketing rare swine breeds. FULL STORY »

Watch for mycotoxins

As corn harvest winds down, farmers need to watch for potential molds and fungus in corn. Fields that were hit with late-summer hail could pose a particular risk. Also drought-stressed corn is susceptible to aflatoxin. FULL STORY »

Demand is worth your attention

USDA’s pig crop report came in just above traders’ pre-report estimates, so market prices could have a slightly bearish reaction in the near term. Longer term, the fact that animal numbers held steady but productivity gains continue, means that pork supplies could increase 2 percent next year. FULL STORY »

Hog prices and profitability remain moving targets

Corn prices will remain high into next year, leaving the only question just how high? Now that USDA’s September Hogs & Pigs Report offers the first glimpse into 2012, what are the price and profitability prospects for pork producers? FULL STORY »

Pro Livestock presents on-line sales barn

Pro Livestock Marketing is launching the first comprehensive online sales portal for livestock and breeding stock. FULL STORY »

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