Recording birth weights helps identify full potential pigs

During times of high feed costs, pork producers should carefully evaluate key production data to help identify those animals with the best chance to become full potential pigs. Piglet birth weight is one such key parameter. FULL STORY »

Pelleting yields 5% improvement in feed efficiency

With the high cost of feed, pork producers are searching for any feed efficiency advantage they can find to reduce costs as well as save feed. Pelleting is one of the easiest ways to improve feed efficiency, according to Bob Thaler, Extension swine specialist, South Dakota State University. FULL STORY »

Hog slaughter surges to year’s highest level

High feed prices brought on by the 2012 drought have pushed hog slaughter to its highest level so far this year as U.S. pork producers search for ways to reduce their skyrocketing feed bills. Pork producers are looking at a loss of between $20 to $30 per head for the next six months, according to an industry analyst. FULL STORY »

New program sets course for 30 PSY

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC has rolled out a new industry initiative – the “Feeding for 30 Program,” as part of its ongoing commitment to animal nutrition. The program builds on the industry goal of achieving 30 pigs per sow per year (PSY). FULL STORY »

U.S. pork producers celebrate Earth Day

America’s pork producers celebrated Earth Day, April 22, just like they do each day. They understand that providing a safe, wholesome food supply for consumers is an important responsibility FULL STORY »

New procedures help diagnose Mycoplasma-associated arthritis

Data from the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU-VDL) shows that diagnosis of Mycoplasma hyosynoviae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis-associated arthritis has increased in swine in the Midwest United States. FULL STORY »

Nutritional value of whey co-products for weanling pigs

New research from the University of Illinois sheds light on the nutritional value of whey powder and whey permeate as a lactose source for pigs. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: SEW prices and new nursery designs

Pork producers are beginning to act nervous about profit prospects this fall. SEW prices continue to decline, both on the contract and spot market as the Chicago futures continue to gradually decline in value. FULL STORY »

NPB to consider a public swine education center

Pork industry leaders will discuss a whole host of topics at this week’s Pork Industry Forum in Denver, but among those leading the list for the National Pork Board will be a request for financial support of a public swine education center. FULL STORY »

Swine dysentery - A re-emerging threat Play video

Swine dysentery, which had largely disappeared during the 1990s, poses several challenges to pigs and producers alike. In 2005, only three samples were found positive by the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. By 2010, the number had grown to 84. FULL STORY »

Webinar for answers to PRRS, Dec. 21

On Dec. 21, a free webinar-- “PRRS: Strategies to keep it at bay”—will feature Dr. Scott Dee, world-renown expert on PRRS transmission, biosecurity and aerobiology. FULL STORY »

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