In the Event of an Accident…

If uninjured and able to do so, the transporter should: Call 911 if the accident occurs on a public roadway or if emergency assistance is required for an on-farm accident. Advise operator of: The location of the accident The fact that you have animals on-board The status of any loose animals Any known hazards Set […]

Make Sure Your Transporters Are Prepared

Even with preventive measures, some accidents will occur, so the need for response training remains. After several livestock truck rollovers in recent years, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, along with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and several local Farm Bureau chapters, last spring conducted a comprehensive two-day training on managing rollovers. Topics included organizing the […]

Safe Transport of Pigs Starts with Planning

On any given day, more than a million pigs are transported on U.S. roads to farm sites or to market. While pork producers and truckers work together to keep pigs safe en route, planning for the unlikely event of a truck rollover, an accident, truck engine failure or another emergency can’t be left to chance. […]

Pork prices will depend on the extent of the damage from Hurricane Florence

Weekly Pork Profit Maximizer – Food Service Edition Highlights Flooding is always a major issue as it tends to impact both infrastructure as well as hog supplies. During Hurricane Floyd (1999), some 100,000 hogs were lost together with millions of broilers and turkeys. At this point it makes no sense to speculate about the potential […]

Pork market volatility remains high on hurricane supply disruptions

Weekly Pork Profit Maximizer – Retail Edition Highlights Pork cutout values were notably higher this week but we caution about reading too much into the latest numbers. The supply of pork was sharply curtailed as two major hog processing plants were knocked offline by approaching Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Smithfield has two plants in […]

Learning Where “The Puck Will Be” with U.S. Exports on an International Mission

By Jan Archer, National Pork Board member “Skate to where the puck will be.” While that quote is often attributed to the great hockey player Wayne Gretzky, Wayne himself credits his Dad with this particular pearl of wisdom. The National Pork Board’s (NPB) International Marketing Committee (IMC) is tasked with helping to figure out where […]

2018 Pork Industry Productivity Analysis

The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee initiated the Industry Productivity Analysis to make data publicly available for producers to use when benchmarking productivity in various phases of production. The information is intended to benefit all producers through improved farm productivity. Comparison of the data contained in this report with data collected on participating producers’ […]

Seven Key Questions to Ask Your Feed Supplier

In the wake of ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever in China, pork industry experts from the National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Swine Health Information Center, are collaborating to help U.S. pig farmers safeguard herds from this costly disease. This includes paying particular attention […]