Sow packers to require premises ID tags in 2015

In an effort to improve pre-harvest traceability and improve national disease surveillance in the pork industry, many major U.S. packers and processors will require a USDA-approved, official premises identification number (PIN) swine tag as a condition of sale for breeding stock beginning Jan. 1, 2015. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Lower feed costs boost weaner pig breakeven price

The weaner pig breakeven price is $81.91, up $7.68 for the week. The increase is the result of a higher hog prices and lower corn and soybean meal costs. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff recommends producers, workers get flu vaccination

As the United States enters another flu season, the Pork Checkoff is advising producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. FULL STORY »

Protect the future of your business

A strategic plan helps agribusinesses, operations and veterinary clinics succeed long term FULL STORY »

Fine tuning your management plan for substandard pigs

Providing proper care and environments for piglets can ease transition into the nursery phase. FULL STORY »

Keeping the family informed: Estate and succession planning

To have a successful transition between the generations, it is important that everyone involved is aware of your plan. FULL STORY »

Bank survey shows livestock operators rebuilding

Livestock operators are ready to expand business with commercial bank loans for livestock purchases rising to record levels not seen almost a decade. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The farm bill and ag research

In the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with several production systems that have made investments in research facilities. All of the systems say having access to within house research has been one of the reasons they feel they can remain competitive and profitable in the business of pork production. FULL STORY »

Wet soil or dry: Will ACRE provide any benefits in 2013?

Most Corn Belt farmers not have received an ACRE payment, since the inception of the program in the 2008 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Hog profits may still return with lower feed prices

The prospects for a return to profitability have brightened once again, but due to an entirely different reason: much lower feed prices. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The four-ton sow

We now have production systems talking about the four-ton sow: 8,000 pounds of live weight sales per inventoried female. This goal is similar to the 30-pig goal of a few years ago, which was thought to be impossible. FULL STORY »

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