Brumm Speaks Out: Slaughter plants as food processing companies

As people involved in the business of pork production, we tend to think of slaughter plants as the final destination for our production. In fact, the slaughter plants don’t view themselves as pork processors, but rather, food companies. FULL STORY »

JBS USA and ICE sign agreement to strengthen legal workforce

JBS USA, a leading animal protein processor with more than 60,000 employees in the U.S., voluntarily entered into an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to strengthen the company's legal workforce. FULL STORY »

AMI names industry leaders to guide organization in 2013

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has elected the six officers who will guide the organization through the next year. The election was held at AMI’s Board of Directors Meeting in Toronto. J. Patrick Boyle was reelected by the AMI membership to serve a 24th term as the Institute’s president and CEO. FULL STORY »

Calculating the benefits of lower market weights

With corn prices nearing the $8 level, hog market weights are receiving more scrutiny than ever before. As feed efficiency drops in the late finishing phase pork producers look for some relief from this costly gain at the end of the production cycle. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Pork producer losses narrow

The improvement in production margins was registered prior to the release of USDA’s corn crop report issued Friday which resulted in a sharp jump in corn futures prices. Industry analysts believe pork production losses will persist for up to six months due to near-record corn prices and historically high hog slaughter levels. FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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