Pork Industry Expanding

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release

A new report out from CoBank says rising global demand for pork and stronger profitability will create a strong incentive for American pork processors to expand their capacity. Increased competition among processors may lead to a tightening of packer margins and give producers much more favorable prices in the months ahead. CoBank economist Trevor Amen says, “U.S. pork processing capacity …

Do Personality Traits in Pigs Matter?

Brian German Dairy & Livestock

Researchers at UC Davis are studying personality traits in pigs to determine the role personality plays in the welfare and sustainable production of farm animals.  Kristina Horback, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is conducting a series of tests with four-week-old female piglets.  The tests are meant to identify aggressive and social behaviors, along with measuring responses …

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Pork Checkoff Builds Momentum for Secure Pork Supply Plan

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release

Plan will minimize business disruption from foreign animal diseases The National Pork Board, with major support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is creating a Secure Pork Supply Plan to help America’s pig farmers respond quickly and successfully to a major threat, such as a foreign animal disease (FAD). The plan will enhance communication and coordination of all pork chain …

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World Pork Expo Underway in Des Moines, Iowa

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release

The 2017 World Pork Expo is getting underway today (Wednesday) In Des Moines, Iowa. The annual event includes the Pork Checkoff and the National Pork Producers Council and features thousands of U.S. and global pork producers, industry professionals and industry experts at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The event offers learning sessions and seminars, a trade show, and a hospitality tent …

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Beef and Pork Exports Moderate in April, Remain Above Year-ago Levels

Dan Cattle, Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. red meat exports last month slowed moderately from the pace established in March, but were still significantly higher year-over-year, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Beef exports reached 99,000 metric tons in April, up 13 percent from a year ago, valued at $550.4 million. For January through April, beef exports were up 14 percent in volume and 18 …


Ractopamine Found in Pork Shipment from Canada to China

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release

A shipment of pigs’ feet to China from Canada was flagged for containing ractopamine. Ractopamine is a banned growth drug by China and may impact future exports by Canada. China views the tainted shipment as a “systemic failure” of Canada’s program that certifies pork sent to China is free of ractopamine, and the situation “could affect future pork exports,” as …


NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

Following notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which …


Rabobank Finds Pork Export Market Projections Favorable

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release

Looking ahead to the second and third quarter of 2017, Rabobank says pork export projections look favorable for the industry. Rabobank Research Food and Agribusiness analysts find that a stable market is ahead into the third quarter as increased U.S. pork production is being absorbed into Asian export markets. The report on National Hog Farmer Dot Com says the industry …


USDA to Study Antibiotics Use in Pork operations

Dan Hogs & Pork, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture will begin a four-month study in May on how antimicrobials are used in U.S. swine operations. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the agency’s National Animal Health Monitoring System, along with the National Agricultural Statistics Service, is conducting a new data collection and reporting effort that will focus on antimicrobial use and stewardship practices on swine nursery …


USDA Seeking to Advance Modernized Pork Slaughter

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The Department of Agriculture wants to move forward with a modernization of pork slaughter. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service last week announced the agency wants to move forward with a system that will focus inspection resources and improve food safety. The effort is supported by the National Pork Producers Council, which says the improvements would increase efficiency and effectiveness …


Strong Finish for 2016 Red Meat Exports: New Volume Record for Pork

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U.S. pork and beef exports wrapped up an excellent 2016 performance with very strong December results, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. Pork export volume reached a record 2.31 million metric tons (mt) in 2016, up 8 percent year-over-year and 2 percent above the previous high in 2012. Export value increased 7 percent from a year …

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Maintaining Pork Exports to Canada, Mexico Critical

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The National Pork Producers Council committed to work with the Trump administration to preserve tariff-free market access for U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico. The administration is planning to pursue trade discussions with the two countries. “As far a pork is concerned, the trade deals with Canada and Mexico have been tremendous for U.S. pork producers,” said NPPC President …


National Pork Producers Delegate Body Appointed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the appointment of 163 producers and five importers to the 2017 National Pork Producers Delegate Body.  The appointees were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer associations and importer groups and will serve a 1-year term. The Delegate Body will be seated during the Feb. 27, 2017, to March 3, 2017, …