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 »

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 »

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