Consult your veterinarian when developing biosecurity plan

Biosecurity risks are unique to each farm and the best plans are developed by working with a swine veterinarian who has extensive knowledge of the farm, workers and local risk factors. FULL STORY »

FDA nixes feed-grade antibiotics

Antibiotics that are “medically important” to humans should not longer be used in animal feed for non-therapeutic purposes, such as growth promotion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in its final Guidance 209 policy. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use in pork production is overblown

Antibiotic use in food-animal production gets a lot of attention, but accuracy doesn’t always follow. To better determine the amount of antibiotics actually used in pork production, a team of researchers investigated the topic and found past estimates excessive. FULL STORY »

Federal bill would ban packer ownership of livestock

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation making it unlawful for a meat packer to own or feed livestock intended for slaughter. According to the National Pork Producers Council, the bill would have negative consequences on the nation’s pork producers as well as the industry as a whole. FULL STORY »

Liens provide risk protection for contract growers Play video

When pork producers enter a contract to produce hogs, they can be very vulnerable if the owner runs into financial problems. Contract producers should consider filing commodity production contract liens to protect themselves for what is owed them under the contract. FULL STORY »

Record productivity puts more pork on the market

Pork producers have shown time and again that they don’t need more sows to send more hogs to market. The March Hogs and Pigs report showed a December-February pig crop at 28.7 million head, that’s up 3 percent from the same period a year ago. Producers averaged a record high 9.97 pigs per litter. FULL STORY »

Hog price outlook softens

USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs Report numbers came in near trade expectations, so market reaction on Monday is likely to be ho-hum. Even though production numbers showed little growth, up 2 percent from 2011 levels, long-term, price expectations have softened. FULL STORY »

Hogs & Pigs Report expected to reflect cautious growth

“The breeding hog inventory could even decline if margins don’t improve soon, ” says Rich Pottorff, Doane Ag Services’ chief economist, regarding 2012 pork production. FULL STORY »

CME: A look at weaned-pig and feeder-pig markets

Our normal discussions of U.S. farrow-to-finish hog operations and their economic situation and prospects belie the fact that there is a substantial portion of market hog production that is accomplished through separate farrowing and feeding operations. FULL STORY »

Swine Day returns to Iowa State June 28

Each program topic provides essential information for today’s pork producers and others in the industry, and speakers were selected for their knowledge and understanding of those topics. FULL STORY »

January pork exports continue record pace

U.S. pork exports have a tough act to follow after a record-setting year in 2011, but the early indications for 2012 are looking up. January pork exports jumped 28 percent in volume and 43 percent in value over last January. FULL STORY »

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