NPPC asks for release of CRP acres

Citing the growing possibility of feed-grain shortages that could jeopardize animal care, the National Pork Producers Council has urged the Secretary of Agriculture to release early and without penalty non-environmentally sensitive farm acres currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program so that they may be put into crop production. FULL STORY »

Conduct your own on-farm feed trial

With feed prices at or near record highs expected for most of 2011, even a small improvement in feed efficiency can make the difference in profit or loss. While information from feed manufacturers or universities is helpful, the variable factors in trials conducted by others may make it difficult to know if you can achieve similar results within your operation. FULL STORY »

Reduce particle size, cut feed costs

Feed particle size influences the pig’s ability to effectively utilize feed nutrients. New research shows that particle size reductions beyond current common practice may help lower feed costs. FULL STORY »

Nutrition

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Hog Outlook: Strong December Pork Demand, Prices End Higher

As usually happens, retail pork prices dropped in December. The average grocery store price of pork last month was $3.188 per pound, down 13.2 cents from November, but still 36.8 cents higher than 12 months earlier.
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Glycerin Confirmed As Feasible Feedstuff For Swine

An increased interest in biofuel production and a growing need to find cost-effective livestock feedstuff alternatives has led University of Illinois researchers to further evaluate the use of glycerin in swine diets.
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Hog Outlook: Pork Exports Jump, Prices End Higher

U.S. pork exports during November were up 19.7% from the month before and up 6.7% compared to November 2009. The big growth markets were China, Mexico and Japan, each buying at least 10 million pounds more U.S. pork than 12 months earlier. Pork exports equaled 19.6% of November production. Pork imports were up 0.4% in November.
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Hog Outlook: Bright Outlook For 2011, Meat Supply Declines

The livestock price outlook for 2011 is bright. The per capita supply of red meat and poultry is expected to be lower for the fifth consecutive year; down 2.6 pounds from last year and the smallest since 1997. The forecast is for only 46.7 pounds of retail pork per person, the smallest supply since 1978. FULL STORY »

Help In Addressing Feed Costs

The National Pork Board has compiled a variety of management tips and resources to assist producers in finding ways to address rising feed costs. Also featured in the 34-page is research funded by the National Pork Checkoff.
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Hog Outlook: Prices Ends Higher, Slaughter Total Climbs

The average carcass weight of barrows and gilts slaughtered the week ending December 18 was 205 pounds, unchanged from the previous week and 7 pounds heavier than a year ago. Iowa-Minnesota live weights for barrows and gilts marketed last week averaged 274.3 pounds, up 0.5 pound from the week before and up 6.8 pounds compared to a year earlier.
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Hog Outlook: Swine Breeding Herd Declines, Frozen Pork Down

USDA's December Hogs and Pigs reports said the swine breeding herd was down 1.2% at the start of December and the market hog inventory was down 0.8% compared to December 1, 2009. USDA said fall farrowings were down 2.3% and predicted winter farrowings would be down 0.6% and spring farrowing would be 2.3% lower than for March-May 2010.
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