2017 Animal Science Annual Report

This year has certainly been an interesting year to be in the business of producing pork. Even though the number of pigs and pounds of pork produced in 2017 were record highs for the U.S., expansion continued because margins were good. While there are many reasons for this, the bottom line is that we are the global leaders in producing safe, wholesome pork and we do it more efficiently than any other country.  The work that we do on the Animal Science Committee continues to focus on making improvements in production efficiency.

Market Outlook

A variety of negative factors are influencing the hog market. Kerns and Associates economist Steve Meyer offers insight into the dynamics at play in the hog trade, which includes large swine inventories, trade disruptions and competition from other proteins. Learn more in this edition of Pork Pod.

National Pork Board Vice President David Newman

Jonesboro, Arkansas pig farmer David Newman is the vice president of the 15-member National Pork Board. In this edition of Pork Pod, hear David’s thoughts on the Pork Checkoff priorities and the wise, efficient use of the farmers’ investment.

New Developments in Secure Pork Supply Plan

National Pork Board Director of Swine Health programs, Dr. Patrick Webb, is featured in this edition of Pork Pod. We learn about the importance of business continuity, especially if a foreign animal disease like classical African swine fever or Foot and Mouth Disease is identified. New digital tools are on the horizon and you’ll learn more about that in this update.

#RealPigFarming Student Social Forces

The 2018 class of the #RealPigFarming Student Socials Forces team has been announced. National Pork Board Communications Director Claire Masker is featured in this edition of Pork Pod with more details on this Pork Checkoff program.

August 2018 Animal Science Research Webinars Offer Sow Tips

Once again, the Pork Checkoff is offering its Animal Science Research Webinar Series at no cost starting on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and again for the next three consecutive Tuesdays. This year’s series focuses on sow health and performance, key topics under the Checkoff’s research umbrella of sow lifetime productivity. The specific dates, topics and expert […]