Pork producer and packer margins slip further

Pork producer margins declined $1.34 per head last week, but farrow-to-finish margins remain solidly profitable. Pork packer margins declined 54 cents per head, resulting in losses of more than $7 per head, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Contract growers: How good is your liability coverage? Play video

Will your liability insurance coverage stand up when you need it the most? If you are a contract grower, it is a subject you may want to check into before an accident occurs. FULL STORY »

Proposed rule adds pork, DDG to export reports

The proposed rule would add reporting for pork (fresh, chilled, and frozen box/primal cuts) and distillers’ dried grain (DDG) to the Export Sales Reporting Requirements. FULL STORY »

Productivity increases could pressure plant capacity in 2013

For many years now, pork producers have been increasing sow productivity with significant gains in average litter size, number of pigs weaned as well as pigs/sow/year. Even without expanding the swine herd, pork producers may run into a bottleneck in capacity at packing plants by the fall of 2013. FULL STORY »

Ag Day dialogue to address future of food and farming

On March 7, ahead of Ag Day, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will present a live-streaming, on-line discussion about the future of food and farming. FULL STORY »

NPB to consider a public swine education center

Pork industry leaders will discuss a whole host of topics at this week’s Pork Industry Forum in Denver, but among those leading the list for the National Pork Board will be a request for financial support of a public swine education center. FULL STORY »

China to increase pork imports

U.S. pork exports to China will continue to grow, according to a new report, 'China's Volatile Pork Industry,' by USDA's Economic Research Service. Increases in production costs, animal disease epidemics, environmental challenges, and food safety concerns limit the expansion of China’s domestic pork industry FULL STORY »

Taiwan ractopamine issue hampers U.S. pork sales

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), last week educated Congress on Taiwan’s effective ban on meat containing ractopamine, a prohibition that has hampered U.S. pork exports to that nation for the past four years. FULL STORY »

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 »

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