Commentary: Wean pig and swine facility insights

This market update is a new PorkNetwork weekly column reporting trends in weaner pig prices and swine facility availability. All information contained in this update is for the week ended March 29, 2013. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Extreme cold complicates facility heating

Yesterday I was at a new nursery site that went into use last summer. With the extreme cold weather, the owner was having difficulty keeping temperatures stable in the pig zone. FULL STORY »

Heavier pigs at birth may result in greater productivity

When it comes to litters, size matters. Larger numbers of pigs per litter have a direct correlation with an operation’s total pigs marketed; however, for these pigs to meet their full potential, adequate birth weights are necessary. FULL STORY »

Iowa State researchers awarded grant to study PRRS

The researchers, led by Jack Dekkers, professor of animal science, will seek to identify genes in pigs that make them less susceptible to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). FULL STORY »

Alternative grains affect return over cost

Using alternative grains may lower diet cost per ton. However, due to reduced performance the actual return over feed costs may be lower also. Lower-cost diets do not necessarily mean better returns. FULL STORY »

Expanding pork production’s insights and realities

Last week’s release of “A Pig’s Tale” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has drawn significant attention. The four-minute animated video is directed at children, parents and educators. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offers some perspective on the realities of pork production today. FULL STORY »

SDSU receives first funds for swine facility

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is planning to build a teaching and research facility related to hog production and has begun its funding campaign. The first donor to step forward for the proposed $7 million facility is First Bank and Trust, with $250,000. FULL STORY »

Video provides an accurate look at pig care

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has stepped up not just to meet the challenge presented by the animated film “A Pig's Tale,” but to provide a real-world look at activities on a modern hog farm. USFRA released a nearly four-minute video-- “An accurate portrayal of today’s pig care”. FULL STORY »

Can simple nursery diets save you money?

In certain situations producers have the ability to reduce nursery feed costs, by more than $2.00 per pig, without impacting grower-finisher pig performance or carcass quality. FULL STORY »

PorkBridge educational series schedule announced

PorkBridge is a distance educational program that provides relevant and timely information to those involved with grow-finish swine operations and consists of six teleconference sessions conducted by industry experts. FULL STORY »

Kansas State Swine Day slated for Nov. 15

The one-day event will feature a technology trade show, as well as presentations focused on current research relevant to pork production. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

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