Antibiotic use, resistance calls for “One Health” approach

The message emerging from the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, Ohio, is clear: Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are the responsibility of all communities—human health, animal health and environmental health—and solutions will require collaboration of these health communities. FULL STORY »

NPB increases promotional funds for 2013

As pork producers struggle with record-high feed prices caused by the worst U.S. drought since the 1950s, the National Pork Board (NPB) has approved domestic and international marketing budgets for Fiscal Year 2013, to help drive pork demand at a critical time. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare group releases undercover video from turkey farms

Conveniently timed a little more than a week before Thanksgiving, an animal welfare group has released an undercover video showing alleged animal abuse at several Butterball turkey factory farms. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer losses mount

Pork producer margins took a turn for the worse, dropping $13.96 per head last week compared with the week before. Packer margins continue to gain ground, having nearly doubled from the profits for the previous week. FULL STORY »

September beef exports fall, pork remains steady

U.S. pork exports in September were steady with last year’s volume, while beef exports were well below a year ago. Despite sluggish volumes, however, the value of both pork and beef exports through the third quarter of 2012 remains ahead of last year’s record-setting pace. FULL STORY »

NCPC provides food for support Sandy victims

The board of directors of the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) has donated $10,000 to support a direct feeding effort being made for Hurricane Sandy victims. FULL STORY »

USMEF looks for steady exports in 2013

While global economic uncertainty can change predictions at any moment, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) looks for 2013 to be fairly steady in terms of pork and beef exports. The export trade group wrapped up its strategic planning meeting in Indianapolis. FULL STORY »

Metz Culinary Management sets a 2017 gestation-stall-free target

Metz Culinary Management, a provider of dining management services, primarily in the Northeastern United States, says it will work with its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer margins lose ground

Pork producer margins lost another $7.41 per head for the week ending on Nov. 2, compared to the week before. Meanwhile, packer margins improved by 57 cents per head. FULL STORY »

Iowa packer cleans up after fish kill

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has traced a fish kill in the West Branch of the Floyd River south of Sioux Center to the Sioux-Preme Packing Company. DNR officials continue to investigate the reason for the discharge. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms announces board and management changes

The Board of Directors of Christensen Farms & Feedlots, announced several board and management changes in the wake of the tragic death of CEO Bob Christensen over the weekend. FULL STORY »

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