PRRS price tag, $664 million

For nearly 20 years, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome has taken a financial toll on individual producers as well as the industry as a whole. A new study updates the costly impact. FULL STORY »

Finding solutions for sow lameness Play video

A team of Iowa State University researchers, along with a Kansas State colleague, will delve into the sow lameness issue with the assistance of a 4-year, $700,000 grant from USDA’s Agriculture Food Research Initiative. Anna Johnson, an Iowa State University animal scientist and animal well-being expert, will lead the research project.

She points out that lameness is a production, economic and animal well-being issue, and that the research team will look for prevention answers as well as how to help sows that become lame. While economic-impact estimates vary due to fluctuating cost factors, current estimates put sow lameness costs at $23 million a year industry wide. FULL STORY »

Pig lameness solutions could save $23 million annually

Understanding and solving lameness challenges in pigs could save pork producers as a whole $23 million a year. To assist in finding answers, USDA’s Agriculture Food Research Initiative presented a four-year, $700,000 grant to investigate the issue. FULL STORY »

JSR Genetic inks deal with China

JSR Genetics, UK-based international pig breeding company, has signed a £1 million contract with Chinese state-owned import/export company the China Animal Husbandry Group, further accelerating its growth in Asia. FULL STORY »

WPX Junior National sets new record

The World Pork Expo Junior National, is again setting records this year, surpassing last year's high achievement with 1,812 total entries in the 2011 junior show. Coming this week June 7-10, the WPX Junior National is hosted jointly by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred. FULL STORY »

WPX swine show, sale to stream live

At World Pork Expo, June 8-10, the National Swine Registry holds a varied combination of open-class and youth swine shows and sales during the event. This year, some wil be broadcast live online. FULL STORY »

DNA technology to certify Irish pork

Irish pork producers will be the first to provide national DNA-based traceability program to verify the origins of pork, ham, bacon and other processed pork products. IdentiGEN Ltd., which pioneered the development of DNA-based meat traceability solutions globally, will provide the technology to accomplish this goal. FULL STORY »

PIC expands Korean Business

PIC has extended its agreement with franchise partner, PIC Korea, and embarked on an aggressive program of expansion to capture a leading share of the swine genetics market in the country. FULL STORY »

Dee joins Pipestone Veterinary Clinic

The Pipestone Veterinary Clinic (Pipestone, MN) has announced Dr. Scott Dee’s appointment as director of research. Scott Dee, DVM, Ph.D., made his reputation as a national and international expert in applied disease-control research, with an emphasis on PRRS virus control and elimination. FULL STORY »

Sow-feeding System Gets Humane Approval

The American Humane Association has awarded the Seal of Approval for Humane Equipment to Big Dutchman’s CallMatic 2 electronic-sow-feeding system. The recognition is another important step in collaboration among pork producers, equipment manufacturers and animal welfarists. FULL STORY »

International pig genetics alliance formed

Continuing the growth of its international pig genetics business, Groupe Grimaud, parent company of Newsham, has entered into an alliance with Pen Ar Lan, an international pig genetics company with operations in France, Poland, Brazil and Canada. FULL STORY »

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