Elanco Animal Health to acquire ChemGen Corp.

Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co., reports that Lilly has signed an agreement to acquire ChemGen, Corp. The deal will provide Elanco with feed enzyme products and underscores the company’s commitment to animal productivity, company officials say. FULL STORY »

Swine industry asked to participate in feed efficiency survey

Kansas State University swine nutritionists are teaming up with their Iowa State University counterparts in asking swine producers, industry consultants and advisors to the pork industry to participate in an online survey about swine feed efficiency. FULL STORY »

JBS United adds veteran animal health executive

Enzyvia, a division of JBS United, reports that Bob Dowden, a 30+ year veteran, has joined the company as its managing director. FULL STORY »

Latest swine research available online

The 2011 Swine Day Report of Progress (Kansas State publication SRP 1056) details numerous swine research projects delving into herd health, nursery and finishing swine nutrition management as well as meat quality. FULL STORY »

Ensure adequate Vitamin D levels in swine diets

Vitamin D deficiency in young pigs can result in rickets, stiffness, lameness, and general unthriftiness; in mature animals, broken bones may result. FULL STORY »

Barn maintenance, feeder repairs help feed efficiency Play video

Achieving better feed efficiency can be a challenging objective and may require a review of the full scope of your operation, beginning with the basics of barn management and feeding practices. The time period between groups of pigs offers a prime opportunity for you or your barn employees for cleaning and making needed repairs. FULL STORY »

Watch for mycotoxins

As corn harvest winds down, farmers need to watch for potential molds and fungus in corn. Fields that were hit with late-summer hail could pose a particular risk. Also drought-stressed corn is susceptible to aflatoxin. FULL STORY »

It is not too late to plant cover crops

Cereal rye is a hardy versatile plant that is one of the best choices for Michigan farmers to use as a cover crop. FULL STORY »

Feed efficiency conference early registration deadline Oct. 7

The objective of the conference is to provide the current state of the art on all aspects of feed efficiency in growing/finishing swine. The conference is set for Nov. 8-9 at the Hilton Hotel/Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. FULL STORY »

Pig lameness solutions could save $23 million annually

Understanding and solving lameness challenges in pigs could save pork producers as a whole $23 million a year. To assist in finding answers, USDA’s Agriculture Food Research Initiative presented a four-year, $700,000 grant to investigate the issue. FULL STORY »

Illinois Extension offers new online resource for livestock service providers

Service providers for the Illinois livestock industry have a new online resource to gain the knowledge necessary to prepare a comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP). FULL STORY »

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