New Multi-Species Program for Youth Focuses on Animal Care

by Carrie Webster Youth who raise and show animals have a new tool to help them focus on quality care and food safety. The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program will debut at June’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Pork Checkoff staff spearheaded its development with assistance from other species […]

Meet the 2017 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

by Darcy Maulsby   Few people who meet Kyle Coble forget him. After all, how many people introduce themselves as a personal dietitian for pigs? “I look for outreach possibilities every day,” said Coble, senior manager of production strategies and swine nutritionist for New Fashion Pork, Inc. in Jackson, Minnesota. “I travel quite a bit […]

Follow Extralabel Use Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations regarding on-farm use of medically important (to human health) antibiotics were effective Jan. 1, but it’s important to note that extralabel drug use (ELDU) rules remained in place. Under the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994, veterinarians can prescribe extralabel uses of approved animal […]

Employee Compensation: Where Does Your Farm Fit?

by Carrie Webster While pigs are a top priority for producers, so are the people who take care of them. Attracting and retaining good employees are key components of successful pork operations across the country, with salaries and benefits offered playing a big part. To get a handle on current pay and benefit trends in […]

Checkoff’s Science and Technology Team Delivers Results

by Mike King The Pork Checkoff’s producer-led Science and Technology Department committees continue to create value by focusing on research projects that help address pork industry issues. This held true in 2016 in several key areas, including substantial progress on the National Pork Board’s goal of reducing PRRS’ impact and in allocating record funds for […]

Variety Meats and By-Products Crucial to Growing Pork Exports

by Claire Masker Sales of pork variety meats and by-products offer huge potential when it comes to increasing total U.S. pork exports. Sales abroad of products that have little or no value domestically provide a significant return to the nation’s pork producers. Pork variety meats include pork livers, hearts, kidneys, and stomachs, as well as […]

Global Promotions Focus on Value, Versatility

by Claire Masker Chinese importers learn more about the benefits of U.S. pork products at events held in 2016. China With more U.S. plants eligible to export pork to China, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is capitalizing on strong pork demand in China. To build stronger relationships between the U.S. and Chinese importers, a […]

2016 Exports Show Impressive Progress

by Claire Masker After a tough performance in 2015, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress in 2016. Last year, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to USDA. On average, 2016 U.S. pork and pork variety meat […]

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day

As spring arrives, it is time to contemplate what transpired this winter. It is also time to congratulate ourselves and our pork chain partners for getting through what could have been a horrible period in relatively good shape. In fact, the recent past has set up 2017 to hold promise that some didn’t expect. Last […]

Playing to Our Strengths to Unleash the Power of Pork

by Bill Even When I worked in government as secretary of agriculture in South Dakota, I never liked the idea that sometimes having nothing happen was a politically acceptable outcome. To achieve results on the family farm, hard work was expected. I know that is what U.S. pork producers expect as well. Pig farmers are […]