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 »

Calculating the benefits of lower market weights

With corn prices nearing the $8 level, hog market weights are receiving more scrutiny than ever before. As feed efficiency drops in the late finishing phase pork producers look for some relief from this costly gain at the end of the production cycle. FULL STORY »

Sign up for swine castration seminar Oct. 8

In keeping with an ongoing effort to inform all parties involved in the pork supply chain about on-farm production practices, the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) will hold its second webinar. Scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, the webinar will focus on swine castration. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Pork producer margins remain in the red

Although still mired deep in red ink, pork producer margins struggled to improve a bit last week. The small gain in production margins was a welcome change as margins have tumbled over the past several weeks. FULL STORY »

Pit foaming research offers a solution

Just in time for the fall manure pumping season, University of Minnesota engineers have released results on research that offers a solution to control foaming risks in deep-pit manure storage. FULL STORY »

Recording birth weights helps identify full potential pigs

During times of high feed costs, pork producers should carefully evaluate key production data to help identify those animals with the best chance to become full potential pigs. Piglet birth weight is one such key parameter. FULL STORY »

Out-of-feed events increase costs, reduce performance

Even with record-high feed costs, make sure you keep the feed flowing, say industry experts. Out-of-feed events only compound the problem of high-priced feed by reducing pig performance and slowing time to market. FULL STORY »

Spanish language PQA Plus and TQA certification, Sept 7

Pork producers in and around Minnesota may want to take note of a Spanish language certification trainings for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA). FULL STORY »

Feeding advice available for TOPIGS finishers

The feed advice of TOPIGS is based on the nutritional requirements of each genotype in order to achieve the highest genetic performance. The manuals are suitable for all markets around the world. FULL STORY »

Hog slaughter surges to year’s highest level

High feed prices brought on by the 2012 drought have pushed hog slaughter to its highest level so far this year as U.S. pork producers search for ways to reduce their skyrocketing feed bills. Pork producers are looking at a loss of between $20 to $30 per head for the next six months, according to an industry analyst. FULL STORY »

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