Profit Tracker: Producer margins recover $5

Even though record-high feed prices continue and the outlook remains uncertain, farrow-to-finish producer margins averaged a $26.69-per-head profit for the week ending July 27, up from $21.94 per head for the week before. FULL STORY »

Pork Profit Tracker: Producer margins slip further

Record-high feed prices are weighing further on pork producers’ margins, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. While farrow-to-finish producers are still making a profit, it deteriorated another $5.74 per head from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Sysco joins the no-gestation-stalls list

Joining the ranks of food companies that want pork suppliers to stop using gestation-sow stalls is Sysco, headquartered in Houston, Texas. With a 17.5 percent market share, Sysco is North America’s largest foodservice distributor. FULL STORY »

Cargill Meat Solutions recalls ground beef

Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, Pa., establishment, is recalling 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. FULL STORY »

TrustHouse foodservice provider joins gestation-stall ban

On Thursday, another food company added its name to the growing list of those committing to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply. TrustHouse Services Group, based in Charlotte, N.C., made the announcement in a joint forum with the Humane Society of the United States. FULL STORY »

HSUS and SumOfUs join to take on Tyson and gestation stalls

On Wednesday, the consumer advocacy organization SumOfUs joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to pressure Tyson Foods to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. The effort included a petition involving 250,000 messages. FULL STORY »

Impact of higher corn prices starting to show

A corn price increase of the magnitude that we have seen over the last month has major implications for related markets including, naturally, livestock markets. The broad strokes of the adjustments that take place in the livestock and poultry sector are easy to understand: higher corn prices drive up feed costs and higher feed costs result in lower production of livestock-related products (beef, pork, chicken, dairy products, eggs, etc.). FULL STORY »

Kmart added to gestation crate list

Sears Holdings announced today that the company will begin informing suppliers of a new policy statement regarding the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company did not include a timeline, but the growing target from other food companies is 2022. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins head south

Pork producer profit margins for farrow-to-finish systems averaged $27.68 per head for the week ending July 13. That’s down $7.74 per head from the previous week, but $7.10 per head higher than for the same period in 2011. FULL STORY »

MPPA supports Christensen Farms

“Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) and our members take seriously the ethical responsibility to provide pigs with proper care.” said Executive Director David Preisler, in response to an undercover video taken at a Christensen Farms' site. FULL STORY »

Animal Care Panel reviews MFA undercover video

The Animal Care Review Panel, a panel of animal well-being experts, created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has completed a review of a 4:14-minute video clip posted on the Internet on July 16. Here's their assessment. FULL STORY »

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