Risk to increase for producers in 2013

December’s USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released last Friday indicates higher risk levels await U.S. producers in 2013. Expected reductions in the U.S. swine herd due to record high 2012 feed prices have not materialized, according to industry analysts following release of the report. FULL STORY »

Pork producer losses ease

Although still mired in red ink, pork producer losses eased for the week ending Dec. 21, according to calculations by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. Farrow-to-finish producers lost an average $33.81 per head for the week. FULL STORY »

Red meat production up 1 percent from last year

Pork production totaled 2.08 billion pounds, down slightly from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.11 million head, up 1 percent from November 2011. The average live weight was down 2 pounds from the previous year, at 276 pounds. FULL STORY »

Russia restricts U.S. pork, beef imports

Meat imports to Russia from producers using ractopamine must be tested and certified free of the feed additive, the country's veterinary regulator said, denying the requirement is a political retaliation. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins record sharp decline

Pork producer margins declined sharply last week, plummeting over $16 from a week earlier, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. Producer margins have been under severe pressure from the effects of high corn prices ushered in by the summer’s drought. FULL STORY »

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 »

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