How many acres of corn are needed in 2013?

The corn market will continue to be influenced by an array of factors over the next several months. One of the important price factors in the new year will be the prospective size of the 2013 U.S. crop. FULL STORY »

Vitamin D essential in promoting sow health and piglet growth

The changing of seasons may result in seasonal Vitamin D deficiency in sows. Research shows that supplementation of the “sunshine vitamin” becomes especially important in sow performance as the hours of natural sunlight dwindle into winter. FULL STORY »

Alltech explores interactions between genetics and nutrition

It is often said that we feed our livestock better than we feed ourselves. Those words may now ring a little truer on many farms across the United States. Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, recently launched a series of new species solution programs aimed at helping animals reach their full genetic potential. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork producers committed to continuous improvement

In an effort to highlight a history of continuous improvement and responsible practices, the National Pork Board (NPB) is releasing its 2012 Pork Industry Progress Report, 'Responsible Farming. Our Heritage. Our Future.' FULL STORY »

Production efficiency can offset higher feed costs

With record corn and soybean meal prices, many hog producers are looking at alternative feed sources. However, improving the efficiency of current feeds is where producers should look to cut costs, says a University of Missouri Extension swine nutritionist. FULL STORY »

USDA captures ammonia from livestock waste

A new invention by USDA scientists could help streamline on-farm nitrogen management by allowing farmers to reduce potentially harmful ammonia emissions and concentrate nitrogen in a liquid product to sell as fertilizer. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Optimism and weights

Optimism is returning to the hog market. For the week ending Sept. 28, the average spot market price as quoted by USDA for weaned pigs was $15.14 per pig delivered. FULL STORY »

Expanding pork production’s insights and realities

Last week’s release of “A Pig’s Tale” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has drawn significant attention. The four-minute animated video is directed at children, parents and educators. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offers some perspective on the realities of pork production today. FULL STORY »

SDSU receives first funds for swine facility

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is planning to build a teaching and research facility related to hog production and has begun its funding campaign. The first donor to step forward for the proposed $7 million facility is First Bank and Trust, with $250,000. FULL STORY »

USDA: Pork production drops 2% from 2011

According to the USDA's Livestock Slaughter report, pork production totaled 1.91 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.45 million head, down 2 percent from September 2011. The average live weight was up 1 pound from the previous year, at 271 pounds. FULL STORY »

Video provides an accurate look at pig care

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has stepped up not just to meet the challenge presented by the animated film “A Pig's Tale,” but to provide a real-world look at activities on a modern hog farm. USFRA released a nearly four-minute video-- “An accurate portrayal of today’s pig care”. FULL STORY »

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