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

Iowa Swine Day to Discuss Hot Topics in Pork

Jamie Johansen

The pork industry’s response to federal action phasing out some antibiotics used to promote growth in hog production will be discussed June 26 at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University. “Presentations at Iowa Swine Day will provide current, science-based information on the topic of antibiotic growth promotion, its relationship with human health and how new federal …

Ag Group, Antibiotics, Events, Pork, Swine

BIVI Explains ARC Programs & Swine Disease Control

Joanna Schroeder

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) has been utilizing area regional control (ARC) programs with swine producers for more than six years. During their PEDV is Speaking: Are We Listening ? seminar at 2014 World Pork Expo, Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM, technical manager, PRRS Solutions Team explained that the goal of the ARC program, is to voluntarily get a group of producers …

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

ISU's Dr. Gauger Explains All Things PEDV

Joanna Schroeder

The emergence of PEDV took the U.S. by storm and according to Dr Phillip Gauger, with Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, between April 28 – May 4, 2013 they had four separate ISU-VDL submissions – one from Indiana and three from Iowa – from farms with no relationship. He and his team realized after running diagnostic tests that more …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Research, Swine, World Pork Expo

5-Year PRRS Swine Health Monitoring Project Update

Joanna Schroeder

Dane Goede is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota and during grad school, he began working on the then, fairly new, Swine Health Monitoring Project. Today, he has the opportunity to continue working on the project and during a media dinner hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI), attendees had the opportunity to learn about the results of the 5-Year …

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