Pig Farmers Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

Jamie Johansen

This Giving Tuesday, the Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham – in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products. “For pig …

Ag Group, Food, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

Pork Checkoff Marketing Partners

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff works to market and promote U.S. pork for producers nationwide. Checkoff dollars allow for the producer to do what they do best – raise pigs – and leave the marketing to the professionals. National Pork Board President, Jan Archer, took me through the role the board plays in the pork community using checkoff dollars to promote U.S. …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, NAFB, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Zoetis Sponsors PRRSv Research Fellowship

Lizzy Schultz

Zoetis has sponsored a postgraduate fellow who is beginning a new study at Iowa State University that may provide some insight in the management of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv). The study seeks to identify herd-specific best practices to prevent, control and/or eliminate PRRS virus. Although pork researchers have learned much over the years about how this virus …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Health, Pig, Pork, PRRS, Research, Veterinary, Zoetis

2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Board has announced the four finalists who are vying to become 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and is committed to sharing his or her farming story with the American public. “The four finalists represent the …

Ag Group, Farming, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published their Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report and as of June 1, there were 68.4 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from June 2015, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2016. Other key findings in the report were: – Of the 68.4 million hogs and …

Ag Group, Audio, Markets, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine, usda

#BIVIswine Takes Research to the Field

Jamie Johansen

Research at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) doesn’t stop in the lab. They are dedicated to taking research to the field to provide support for the BIVI swine sales and marketing team. The Field Research Services team answers customers’ product questions through field trials, diagnostic support and data management. Roy Edler, heads up that team as manager and he sat …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pharmaceutical, Pig, Pork, Research, Swine

Begin with the End in Mind – Pig Performance from Day 1

Jamie Johansen

Pig performance starts on day one and the folks at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) understand that. During the 2016 World Pork Expo, BIVI hosted a business seminar to help producers maximize their competitive advantage. Mark Schwartz, the director of production systems for Schwartz Farms, spoke on keys to positively impact pig performance from birth to finish. Their farm philosophy …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Health, Pig, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Animal Agriculture Education – It Works

Jamie Johansen

The control, prevention and eradication of diseases like salmonella, PRRS, E. coli and camppylobacter are all key factors to profitable production. Lance Barton, director of wean to finish and genetic services, Belstra Milling Co. spoke to attendees during a special session at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference sharing his work with Fair Oaks Farms and how their Pig Adventure focuses …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Audio, Disease, Education, Pig, Swine

AMSA Announces 2016 Canadian PORK 101 Course

Jamie Johansen

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) will be hosting the PORK 101 course at the University of Guelph, July 12-14, 2016 along with the National Pork Board, Maple Leaf Foods the Canadian Meat Science Association. The educational event is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health and Merck Animal Health. Attendees will experience firsthand in the selection, evaluation and fabrication of their …

Ag Group, AMSA, Education, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine