Research sheds light on fat digestibility in pigs

Producers and feed companies add fat to swine diets to increase energy, but recent research from the University of Illinois suggests that measurements currently used for fat digestibility need to be updated. FULL STORY »

Podcast: Swine diet ingredients and pork quality

Every hog in your care produces a product that ends up on someone’s table. That makes you a food producer and a steward of product quality. Many things during the hog rearing and pork production process can influence product’s ultimate quality. FULL STORY »

Corn prices heading to record highs amid “incredibly tight” supplies

Corn prices are heading toward record highs with U.S. supplies expected to be “incredibly tight” this year and exports and ethanol production on pace to exceed government forecasts, Rabobank Group analysts said. FULL STORY »

Pork producers invited to two-state swine seminar

Pork producers in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota are invited to attend the Swine Production Seminar March 10 in Okoboji. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard Feeds are sponsoring the seminar for the second year. FULL STORY »

Combating high feed and production costs

It’s hardly news that pork producers today are facing near-record feed prices, and the outlook for the rest of 2011 does not look to reverse that trend in a positive way. However, there are always ideas to consider and techniques to try that may help blunt the upsurge in cost of production. FULL STORY »

Pork genetics affects feed efficiency

Genetics play a big role in feed efficiency. The Pork Checkoff-has funded research to identify genes that impact feed efficiency in pigs. The research was designed to identify genetic markers for producers to use in marker-assisted selection programs to improve feed efficiency. Because feed-intake data is expensive to collect on individual finisher pigs, the Pork Checkoff made this investment so producers would have such trait data available to them. FULL STORY »

Strategies to reduce swine feeding costs

Despite predictions of record-high market hog prices in 2011, swine producers will be challenged once again to achieve profits in their operations because of increasing feed ingredient costs. FULL STORY »

Bill would eliminate ethanol subsidies, mandate

Rep. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.), would like to put an end to the subsidies for the ethanol industry. He has introduced legislation to rescind the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) - the so-called ethanol blender’s credit - and eliminate the prohibitive tariff on imported ethanol, ending taxpayer subsidies of the U.S. ethanol industry and opening the market to competition. FULL STORY »

Standing up for science

The idea that modern technology must be part of the solution to feeding the world is gaining traction. But can producers link the science that supports it to this emerging imperative? FULL STORY »

Feed grain supplies unchanged; grain consuming animal units up slightly

U.S. total feed grain supplies for 2010/11, projected at 380.3 million metric tons, are unchanged from last month but down 17.5 million from last year. Food, seed, and, industrial use is increased by 1.8 million tons this month to 168.2 million, all due to increases in corn use. FULL STORY »

The supply of corn keeps getting smaller

675 million bushels of corn may seem like a lot, but that is only an 18 day supply for the US grain market, and that is the reason corn prices pushed above $7 Wednesday on the CME. March corn did not close above that level, but settled at $6.98 per bushel following USDA’s February Supply and Demand report that indicated the ethanol industry was refining corn faster than previously thought. FULL STORY »

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