Top Pork Countries Want Tariffs Eliminated In TPP

Jamie Johansen

In an open letter to negotiators on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, organizations representing hog farmers in Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States called for a “comprehensive, high-quality” agreement that eliminates tariffs on nearly all products, including pork. The TPP is a regional negotiation that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New …

Ag Group, Export, Government, International, Meat, NPPC, Pork

Pork Economic Situation and Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

The record yields and production predicted for the U.S. corn crop this year have good potential to get even bigger, according to livestock economist Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. “It just looks very good … we’re looking at a great crop,” said Meyer at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week. “Based on history, the two years …

Audio, Beef, Boehringer Ingelheim, economics, Feed, Meat, Pork, Price

Pork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Board announced a study that will explore alternatives for promoting pork’s quality and sustainability benefits with international consumers. The study, to be conducted by SIAM Professionals, LLC, will evaluate existing marketing strategies and partners to identify methods for improving pork’s position as the global meat of choice. Funded through America’s Pork Checkoff, this project will evaluate the …

Ag Group, International, Marketing, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Promotion

Join the #RealPigFarming Conversation

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Board has launched a new campaign called #RealPigFarming, that uses major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to educate the general public about the pork industry. Cindy Cunningham with the Pork Board explains that the campaign involves real pig farmers – from their barns, from their chores everyday, when they’re outside working. “They’re posting information about …

Audio, Farming, Pork, Social Media, Swine, Technology

Feeding for 30® Forum Focus on Sow Longevity

Cindy Zimmerman

Sow longevity was the focus of the Feeding for 30® Forum at the recent World Pork Expo. This third annual forum was hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition, DSM Nutritional Products and Zinpro Corporation. During the forum, producers and industry representatives discussed the importance of a balanced herd parity structure, gilt development, nutrition and feeding, and management for achieving greater sow …

Animal Health, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Pork President-Elect Arrested in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The president-elected of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was arrested on Wednesday in Washington D.C. going through security at one of the U.S. Capitol buildings with a 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and part of family-owned Prestage Farms of South Carolina, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Reports indicate Prestage has …

Government, NPPC, Pork

USDA Approves VaxLiant Adjuvants for Vaccines

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has just approved six adjuvants from VaxLiant that can be added to vaccines to help improve the resulting immune response in cattle and swine. “What this means is that companies can bring new vaccines to market using a shorter timeline, since we already have conducted the research needed to confirm safety for these ENABL adjuvants,” says Steve Schram, VaxLiant …

Animal Health, Cattle, Pork, Swine, usda

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

Merck Adds to Swine Technical Services Team

Jamie Johansen

Merck Animal Health announced that Mark Engle, D.V.M, MS, has joined the company as a senior technical services manager for the Swine Business Unit. Dr. Engle received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University and his master of science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Engle has worked in private practice and swine farm management, as well …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Merck, Pork, Swine

Topigs & Norsvin Announce Merger During WPX14

Joanna Schroeder

A major announcement was made during this year’s 2014 World Pork Expo: TOPIGS International and Norsvin International have merged into one company: Topigs Norsvin. The merger will create a global swine breeding company with annual revenues in excess of US $179 million. The newly merged company’s headquarters will be located in Vught, the Netherlands. TOPIGS Nederland, Varkens K.I. Nederland and …

Animal Health, Audio, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo