Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Numbers

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report out Friday revealed the lowest inventory of U.S. swine since 2007, at 62.1 million head – about five percent below last year. Also down five percent from a year ago were the market hog inventory at 56.3 million head, the March-May 2014 pig crop, at 27.4 million head, and the number of pigs per …

Audio, Livestock, Pork, usda

New President for Livestock Marketing Association

Jamie Johansen

Dan Harris, owner of Holton Livestock Exchange in Holton, Kan., has been elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, he will spend two years leading the nation’s largest membership organization representing more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses. Harris is no stranger to having a microphone in his hand; but, as he told …

Ag Group, Auctions, Livestock, LMA, Marketing

Lotz Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Jamie Johansen

Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan. proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 51st anniversary of the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, June 21. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry. When he was 15, Lotz attended auctioneering school at Western …

Ag Group, Auctions, Beef, Livestock, Marketing

Iowa Congressman is Animal Ag Advocate

Cindy Zimmerman

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) paid a visit to World Pork Expo last week to talk with producers and learn more about the issues they are facing right now. The congressman represents the 4th district of the state in the northwest corner, bordering Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and he is a strong advocate for livestock producers. During the farm bill …

Audio, Government, Livestock, World Pork Expo

Got Camel Milk?

Cindy Zimmerman

A California-based company has debuted America’s first retail camel milk brand. Yep, you read that right – camel milk. Introducing Desert Farms Camel Milk, America’s first retail camel milk brand and perhaps the most unusual and long overdue addition to the fast-growing trend toward Middle Eastern cuisine in this country. Available in select Lassen’s Market and by the end of …

Livestock, Products

Precautionary Principle & Animal Ag White Paper

Jamie Johansen

While the Precautionary Principle has been accepted by many national governments as a basis for policymaking, controversy looms regarding the actual content and the practical implications of its implementation in policy issues. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture devoted the Opening and Closing General Sessions of its 2014 Annual Conference to the Precautionary Principle and recently released a white paper, …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Livestock

Online Livestock Auction Now Accepting Bids

Jamie Johansen

Livestock auctions are moo-ving online. Pasture Road, a groundbreaking livestock auction, allows you to hawk your wares from the comfort of your home, barn or hay bale. The goal of pastureroad.com is to extend the convenience of eBay to livestock and agricultural equipment, allowing buyers and sellers to come together and search thousands of national and local listings. “We believe …

Agribusiness, Auctions, Livestock, Marketing

Groundbreaking for New Holland Pavilions

Jamie Johansen

Ground was broke to mark the start of construction on the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. The 290,000 square foot expansion will create a state-of-the-art multi-use space, replacing again barn facilities. “We are proud to partner with Dane County to build and provide what will be the premium livestock facility in the country, a …

Agribusiness, Livestock, New Holland, World Dairy Expo

New Holland Livestock Pavilion Coming Soon

Jamie Johansen

In support of their strong support of dairy and livestock producers, New Holland Agriculture & Construction is proud to announce an agreement with the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. to secure naming rights for new livestock pavilions that will be built on the grounds beginning next year. “New Holland’s legacy is strong in hay tools, tractors and skid steer …

Agribusiness, Beef, Equipment, Livestock, New Holland, World Dairy Expo