Campbell Soup commits to a gestation-stall ban

The Campbell Soup Company, which includes Pepperidge Farms, is now on the list of companies that want their pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. It has set a final deadline of 2022, but hopes to have a gestation-stall-free pork supply by 2017. FULL STORY »

USDA issues final rule on wholesale pork reporting

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the final rule implementing mandatory wholesale pork price reporting, The rule outlines what information packers will be required to submit to AMS, how the information should be submitted and other requirements. FULL STORY »

ARAMARK sets 2017 deadline for gestation stalls

The Philadelphia-based ARAMARK joins other foodservice companies in the movement to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its U.S. pork supply channels. The company made the announcement through a news release from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). FULL STORY »

Calif. slaughterhouse suspended amid animal-abuse investigation

Federal regulators suspended operations at a central California slaughterhouse on Monday following the release of graphic undercover video from an animal-rights group. The video, filmed by Compassion Over Killing, allegedly showed dairy cows being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Producer margins hold steady

A slowdown in the feed-grain price rally kept pork producer profit margins close to the previous week’s mark. Packer margins actually strengthened for the week ending Aug. 17. FULL STORY »

HSUS wants Tyson Foods to disclose gestation stall plans

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has submitted a shareholder resolution to Tyson Foods requesting that the Springdale, Ark.-based pork producer/packer “disclose to shareholders how it plans to meet the growing demand for pork produced without the use of gestation crates.” HSUS points to “poor earnings” in Tyson’s third-quarter profit report released on Aug. 6, as the reason behind the request. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Producer margins continue eroding

For the week ending Aug. 10, pork producer profit margins fell nearly $8 per head from the prior week. The continued erosion in margins follows record-high feed prices resulting from the 2012 drought. Packer margins meanwhile have turned positive, though barely, 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 »

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 »

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 »

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