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 »

Tips to reduce production costs

In the current environment of high feed prices and tight margins, pork producers are seeking ways to reduce costs and increase revenue. Prairie Swine Centre, offers a list of easy-to-adopt ideas, that can be implemented today. FULL STORY »

PorkBridge educational series schedule announced

PorkBridge is a distance educational program that provides relevant and timely information to those involved with grow-finish swine operations and consists of six teleconference sessions conducted by industry experts. FULL STORY »

Kansas State Swine Day slated for Nov. 15

The one-day event will feature a technology trade show, as well as presentations focused on current research relevant to pork production. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

USGC releases new, expanded edition of DDGS handbook

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has released the third edition of A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS). The new handbook contains extensive information on the use of DDGS in swine diets including use of reduced oil DDGS and managing pork fat quality when using high levels in swine diets. FULL STORY »

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