USMEF helps maximize value for U.S. pork products Play video

According to Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president, marketing communications, one of the most important aspects of USMEF’s efforts is to get the right meat product into the right foreign market to maximize value for livestock producers. FULL STORY »

Animal Care and Handling Conference, Oct. 17-18

Nearly a dozen associations and organizations have collaborated this year to create a program that satisfies an array of attendee needs. The conference includes three focused tracks including Management and Policy, Applied Pig Handling and Applied Cattle Handling. FULL STORY »

Technology enhanced to evaluate pork tenderness

A system designed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to predict superior beef tenderness is just as effective at predicting tenderness in pork and color stability in meat. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Producer margins slip nearly $4

The drought continues to pressure livestock producers’ margins. Farrow-to-finish producer margins for the week ending Aug. 3, on average were $22.89 per head, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Producer margins recover $5

Even though record-high feed prices continue and the outlook remains uncertain, farrow-to-finish producer margins averaged a $26.69-per-head profit for the week ending July 27, up from $21.94 per head for the week before. FULL STORY »

Pork Profit Tracker: Producer margins slip further

Record-high feed prices are weighing further on pork producers’ margins, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. While farrow-to-finish producers are still making a profit, it deteriorated another $5.74 per head from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Sysco joins the no-gestation-stalls list

Joining the ranks of food companies that want pork suppliers to stop using gestation-sow stalls is Sysco, headquartered in Houston, Texas. With a 17.5 percent market share, Sysco is North America’s largest foodservice distributor. FULL STORY »

Cargill Meat Solutions recalls ground beef

Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, Pa., establishment, is recalling 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. FULL STORY »

TrustHouse foodservice provider joins gestation-stall ban

On Thursday, another food company added its name to the growing list of those committing to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply. TrustHouse Services Group, based in Charlotte, N.C., made the announcement in a joint forum with the Humane Society of the United States. FULL STORY »

HSUS and SumOfUs join to take on Tyson and gestation stalls

On Wednesday, the consumer advocacy organization SumOfUs joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to pressure Tyson Foods to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. The effort included a petition involving 250,000 messages. FULL STORY »

Impact of higher corn prices starting to show

A corn price increase of the magnitude that we have seen over the last month has major implications for related markets including, naturally, livestock markets. The broad strokes of the adjustments that take place in the livestock and poultry sector are easy to understand: higher corn prices drive up feed costs and higher feed costs result in lower production of livestock-related products (beef, pork, chicken, dairy products, eggs, etc.). FULL STORY »

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