August pork exports trend higher from July’s sales

U.S. pork exports in August slipped 6 percent in volume compared to year ago levels and were down 7 percent in value. However, the totals were up 10 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from July’s performance, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). FULL STORY »

Cheesecake Factory targets 2022 for gestation-stall elimination

The Cheesecake Factory is the latest restaurant chain to join 33 other food companies committed to eliminating gestation-sow stalls from their supply chains. Also this week, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a shareholder resolution with Seaboard Foods for the company to report on its contributions for political and charitable purposes. FULL STORY »

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 »

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