Antibiotic Stewardship

The FDA has released its latest report on antimicrobial use in food-producing animals. Dr David Pyburn, vice president of science and technology, and Dr. Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health with the National Pork Board, are featured in this edition of Pork Pod. This report provides information on antibiotic usage and the Pork Checkoff is also investing more money into on-farm metrics.

Pork Profit Maximizer, Dec. 26, 2017

Retail Edition Highlights: The total inventory of hogs and pigs on December 1, 2017 was estimated at 73.230 million hogs, 2.4% higher than a year ago
USDA survey pegged the hog breeding herd inventory at 6.179 million head, 1.1% above last year’s levels and now 7% higher than the cycle low in 2009
The increase in the breeding herd sets the stage for larger pig crops in Dec‐Feb (summer slaughter) and Mar‐May (fall slaughter).The supply of red meat and poultry in cold storage is higher than a year ago but the drawdown in stocks during November suggests demand remains in good shape
There were 505.0 million pounds of pork in cold storage at the end of last month, 2.7% less than a year ago and 5.7% less than the five year average

Pork Profit Maximizer, Dec. 26, 2017

Foodservice Edition Highlights: The total inventory of hogs and pigs on December 1, 2017 was estimated at 73.230 million hogs, 2.4% higher than a year ago
USDA survey pegged the hog breeding herd inventory at 6.179 million head, 1.1% above last year’s levels and now 7% higher than the cycle low in 2009
The increase in the breeding herd sets the stage for larger pig crops in Dec‐Feb (summer slaughter) and Mar‐May (fall slaughter)
The supply of red meat and poultry in cold storage is higher than a year ago but the drawdown in stocks during November suggests demand remains in good shape
There were 505.0 million pounds of pork in cold storage at the end of last month, 2.7% less than a year ago and 5.7% less than the five year average
Please see the rest of the document for our detailed price summary as well as our forecasts for the next six months.

Export Strength

Joe Schuele, vice president of communications for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, reviews the latest pork export statistics. It has been an excellent year for sales to Mexico. Schuele discusses that strength and more in this edition of Pork Pod.

What’s Next?

By Bill Even Think of what a different world it was in 1985 when the National Pork Board was created to administer the Pork Checkoff. The Farm Crisis was raging. Global exports were a foreign concept to most U.S. producers. The internet and social media were unheard of. Producers knew they needed to support Checkoff-funded […]

#HamsAcrossAmerica

Ham by ham, America’s pig farmers paid it forward during the holiday season with the second annual #HamsAcrossAmerica campaign.