Swine dysentery - A re-emerging threat Play video

Swine dysentery, which had largely disappeared during the 1990s, poses several challenges to pigs and producers alike. In 2005, only three samples were found positive by the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. By 2010, the number had grown to 84. FULL STORY »

U.S. Supreme Court overturns ‘downer’ slaughter law

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled against a California law that bans the slaughter of all non-ambulatory animals. The case was known as National Meat Association v. Harris, and included all non-ambulatory livestock— but specifically addressed fatigued hogs. FULL STORY »

Products are guaranteed residue-free

Pork producers now have a worry-free solution to help them continue their track record of producing safe, wholesome pork. The ‘Pfizer Pork Residue Free Guarantee’ is an innovative solution that ensures pork will not have meat residues. FULL STORY »

Apply now for 2012 – 2013 pork industry scholarships

All juniors and seniors in college who plan to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field, or will be seeking to attend graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine, are invited to submit an application for one of 19 available scholarships. FULL STORY »

Resistance blame game – humans first?

Livestock have been repeatedly implicated as the source of antimicrobial resistance, but new research from Scotland shows that, at least in the case of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104, resistance profiles are often showing up in humans before animals. Guy Loneragan, BVSc, PhD, offers some information to put this new research in context. FULL STORY »

Pork exports on pace to reach $6 billion

U.S. pork exports in November, valued at $597.85 million, have boosted the January-November 2011value total to $5.52 billion, up 27 percent over the 2010 total. This puts total export value, which had never cleared the $5 billion mark, on pace to approach $6 billion for 2011. FULL STORY »

Nonambulatory livestock slaughter bill resurfaces

For yet the fifth time, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), has introduced legislation to ban all nonambulatory livestock from entering the food system and require that they be euthanized. FULL STORY »

Scientists urge balance in antimicrobial resistance war

Antimicrobial resistance in humans is often attributed to veterinary use of antimicrobials, but the relative contribution to the problem from animals and humans is poorly understood at the population level, University of Glasgow researchers outline in a new report. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Hog prices higher last week

The national average negotiated carcass price for direct delivered hogs on last Friday's morning report was $80.44 per hundredweight, up $2.21 from the week before. FULL STORY »

Swine industry asked to participate in feed efficiency survey

Kansas State University swine nutritionists are teaming up with their Iowa State University counterparts in asking swine producers, industry consultants and advisors to the pork industry to participate in an online survey about swine feed efficiency. FULL STORY »

Seaboard Foods’ Kansas hog site approved

Seaboard Foods received the “go-ahead” on its plans to build a swine complex that could house up to 144,000 hogs in west-central Kansas. According to reports Seaboard could build up to 120 barns, at 1,000 hogs a barn, an investment estimated at $30 million. FULL STORY »

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