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 »

July pork exports trend lower; beef exports largest of 2012

July U.S. pork exports totaled 164,720 metric tons, down nearly 3 percent from a year ago while beef exports dipped moderately in volume, achieving their largest monthly total of 2012. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Pork producer losses mount

Pork producer margins are headed in the wrong direction; meanwhile packers are gaining ground. Losses for farrow-to-finish producers more than doubled in a week, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. For the week ending Sept. 7, producers lost an average $29.01 per head. FULL STORY »

WTO has no standing to stop COOL, lawsuit says

A lawsuit filed in Denver last week claims the World Trade Organization has no authority to stop country-of-origin labeling provisions implemented by the United States. Plaintiffs include The Made in the USA Foundation and the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF). FULL STORY »

CAST: Animal health and food safety are linked Play video

The health of the animals within the food animal production system impacts many aspects of the system far removed from the animals, according to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Policymakers and consumers carefully need to consider their recommendations on how livestock should be raised because animal health is closely linked to public health, FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Producer margins turn red

Although profitability has been tightening on a weekly basis, driven by the drought-induced grain price rally, pork producer margins have dropped into the red. According to Sterling Marketing, farrow-to-finish margins averaged a negative $13.25 on the week ending Aug. 31. That compares to the previous week at a profit of $4.48 per head. FULL STORY »

Spanish language PQA Plus and TQA certification, Sept 7

Pork producers in and around Minnesota may want to take note of a Spanish language certification trainings for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA). FULL STORY »

Hot dog chain wants gestation-stall-free pork

Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog chain, is the latest quick-serve food company that has committed to phasing out gestation-sow stalls from its supply chain. The Galardi Group, Irvine, Calif., which is the franchisor of Wienerschnitzel, has set 2022 as the stall-free deadline. FULL STORY »

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