Hillshire Brands keeps view despite first-quarter beat

Hillshire Brands Co reported a first-quarter net profit on Thursday that beat Wall Street estimates by a wide margin, but the packaged meat company stood by its full-year outlook. FULL STORY »

Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducts stellar 2012 group

The members of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2012 have been named. The formal ceremony, which took place in San Antonio recently, ran the emotional gamut from uplifting to sobering to celebratory. FULL STORY »

Expanding pork production’s insights and realities

Last week’s release of “A Pig’s Tale” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has drawn significant attention. The four-minute animated video is directed at children, parents and educators. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offers some perspective on the realities of pork production today. FULL STORY »

ABC News wants "pink slime" lawsuit moved to federal court

ABC News on Wednesday sought to move to federal court a meat processor's defamation lawsuit over reports about lean finely textured beef, a product that critics have labeled "pink slime." FULL STORY »

Video provides an accurate look at pig care

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has stepped up not just to meet the challenge presented by the animated film “A Pig's Tale,” but to provide a real-world look at activities on a modern hog farm. USFRA released a nearly four-minute video-- “An accurate portrayal of today’s pig care”. FULL STORY »

HSUS video, ‘A Pig’s Tail’ targets kids

In tandem with Food Day, on Oct. 24, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) rolled out a new video that it says is intended “to inspire people of all ages to consider where their food comes from.” However, the focus is on is children, as A Pig's Tail presents “a pig’s perspective of factory farming,” HSUS contends. FULL STORY »

New Smithfield website emphasizes ‘good food'

Good food. Responsibly. That’s the message in Smithfield Foods’ newly launched website designed to engage audiences to learn more about the company’s brands, products, policies and processes. FULL STORY »

Indian group proposes global traceability system

Real ID Ltd, based in Mumbai, India has developed an electronic identification and management system for livestock, which they say can create national livestock registries and reliable global supply chain traceability for animals and animal products. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer margins maintain momentum

Pork producer margins inched closer to profitability, thanks to strong hog prices and improved cutout values last week. Meanwhile, packer margins are essentially holding steady at more than $6 per head, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

Controversies in animal welfare

Animal welfare and improving, monitoring and evaluating it are a high priority for the American Meat Institute (AMI) and its members. But animal welfare, specifically for cattle and swine, is a complex subject not without its own controversies. FULL STORY »

Packers interested in big Canada hog farm hurt by feed costs

Two Canadian pork processors are among those expressing interest in Canada's second-biggest hog producer, Big Sky Farms, which is looking for new ownership after soaring feed costs left it unable to pay its bills. FULL STORY »

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