USDA report bullish for 2013 hog prices

“Deferred hog futures show profits if producers can just hold on long enough,” said Rich Pottorff, Doane chief economist. “We will just have to see if producers follow through on their intentions. If they do, pork production could be down 2 percent to 3 percent next year.” FULL STORY »

Gestation stalls to drop off Chili’s menu

Brinker International, which owns the Chili’s restaurant chain, reports that the company will work with its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls. The company’s announcement acknowledges that “there are various ways to achieve our animal welfare beliefs…including phasing out gestation stalls,” adding that such actions will “take some time to implement.” FULL STORY »

Sign up for swine castration seminar Oct. 8

In keeping with an ongoing effort to inform all parties involved in the pork supply chain about on-farm production practices, the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) will hold its second webinar. Scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, the webinar will focus on swine castration. FULL STORY »

National Pork Board Responds to HSUS Lawsuit

"I find it unusual that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is filing suit now over a decision that was made and approved more than six years ago," said Chris Novak, National Pork Board chief executive officer said, regarding a lawsuit citing USDA and the U.S. secretary of agriculture. FULL STORY »

HSUS files suit against USDA; Targets NPPC funding

Ratcheting up its pressure on the U.S. pork sector, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a lawsuit on Monday against USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. HSUS is specifically targeting the transfer of and payment for the advertising slogan “Pork. The Other White Meat” from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to the National Pork Board (NPB) as an “unlawful” act. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Pork producer margins remain in the red

Although still mired deep in red ink, pork producer margins struggled to improve a bit last week. The small gain in production margins was a welcome change as margins have tumbled over the past several weeks. FULL STORY »

AMSA to host Pork 101 Oct. 15

As a hands-on course, Pork 101 is designed to give attendees the opportunity to participate in the selection, evaluation and fabrication of pork carcasses. They also will prepare and sample products from pork carcasses, including pumped loins, bacon, hams and sausage. FULL STORY »

ConAgra sets timeline to eliminate gestation stalls

ConAgra Foods wants its pork suppliers to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company wants its pork suppliers to present actionable plans by 2017 that address both the elimination of gestation stalls and creation of traceability systems within the pork supply chain. The ultimate deadline is set for 2022. FULL STORY »

Retail pork supplier sets gestation-stall-free deadline at 2017

A major U.S. food distributor-- Atlantic Premium Brands Ltd.—wants its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. Some of its retail clients include the grocery chains Walmart, HEB, Kroger, Costco, Win Dixie, Sam’s Club, Safeway, and SuperValu. FULL STORY »

International markets vital to U.S. pork industry

With livestock producers facing economic and financial challenges, the importance of maintaining and growing U.S. pork exports cannot be overstated. Ongoing efforts by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) are key to bolstering international demand. FULL STORY »

Nogueira to head JBS USA

JBS USA, a leading animal protein processor in the United States and Australia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., has announced that Andre Nogueira will become CEO of JBS USA effective Jan. 1, 2013. FULL STORY »

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