September/October 2016 Pork Checkoff

Study Name: Improving Milk Production Efficiency and Mitigating Feed Costs in Lactating Sows Summary: The objectives were to determine if lactating sows can be fed diets containing less protein to reduce the quantity of nitrogen excreted into the environment. Also, to determine if sows fed reduced–crude–protein diets improve their lactation performance when housed under hot […]

On-Farm Biosecurity Is Moving Target

by Russ Nugent Pork producers are an adaptive bunch, always on the lookout for new ideas and advancements, which is certainly the case when it comes on-farm biosecurity. Whether it’s establishing visitor protocols or creating a line of separation, biosecurity continues to evolve. “On the farm, be sure biosecurity procedures are not only in place, […]

Monitor Transport Practices

Organisms that cause disease in pigs, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, can survive in a range of materials, so they can easily hitch a ride and spread disease. Organic matter (shavings, manure), feed, water, mud and snow can all transfer diseases from site to site. “While we don’t have all the answers, research has […]

Build a Biosecurity Culture

The many layers of biosecurity can be overwhelming. While education and training are essential, protocols must be executed properly and consistently. To build a biosecurity culture on the farm, everyone on your farm must understand why certain procedures matter and the potential fallout if they aren’t followed. Here are some actions to consider: Follow Biosecurity […]

Biosecurity: Essential Piece of Today’s Herd-Health Puzzle

Keeping pigs healthy and growing is priority No. 1 on hog farms, with biosecurity arguably playing the most critical part in good swine health management. Pig farmers have made tremendous progress in identifying effective biosecurity practices and in better understanding disease pathogens, but biosecurity remains an area of continuous learning. “Swine diseases that we know […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – May 2017

Inside: Biosecurity tips to help protect your herd’s health. This special-topic newsletter is sent periodically to you by the Pork Checkoff. Editor: Jan Jorgensen JJorgensen@pork.org • Contributing Editors: Mike King and Marlys Miller • Art Director: Chris Oldt

Pork Profit Maximizer, May 01, 2017

FoodService Edition Hog prices ready for their spring rally but large supplies on the ground will help keep prices in check. It is no surprise that hog prices move higher into the summer. Hog slaughter seasonally declines and better demand for grilling items tends to support cutout values. So far these spring hog prices have […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, May 1, 2017

FoodService Edition Hog prices ready for their spring rally but large supplies on the ground will help keep prices in check. It is no surprise that hog prices move higher into the summer. Hog slaughter seasonally declines and better demand for grilling items tends to support cutout values. So far these spring hog prices have […]