NPPC Industry Relations Update

Joanna Schroeder

Dr. Howard Hill, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president, veterinarian and producer from Cambridge, Iowa officially kicked off the 26th annual World Pork Expo 2014 (WPX) during a media press conference. He noted that WPX is the largest trade show and exhibition in the world and attendance was nearly 20,000 people over the three day show. Last year there were …

Agribusiness, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

AP Presents Hog Swine-asty at WPX

Cindy Zimmerman

Uncle Pig-Sty and the whole Hogerson clan were happy, happy, happy at World Pork Expo as Automated Production Systems (AP) presented Hog Swine-asty for this year’s theme – and that’s a fact, Jack.. Every year AP has a different theme for their tender whole roast hog and they really go “whole hog” with costumes, music and even fun audience participation. …

Equipment, Pork, Swine, Video, World Pork Expo

NPPC Environmental Issues Update

Cindy Zimmerman

National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president-elect Dr. Ron Prestage of South Carolina provided an update on some environmental issues on the forefront for the hog industry during World Pork Expo last week. First of all, Prestage says pork producers are encouraged by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, who has been in the position for the past year or so. …

Animal Health, Audio, environment, Government, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

USDA PEDv Action Announced at WPX

Cindy Zimmerman

This year was the first time Tom Vilsack visited World Pork Expo as Secretary of Agriculture and he did so to announce federal actions to help combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). First of all, Vilsack says there is now a Federal Order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses to its Animal and …

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

New Animal Ag Facility Lighting Debuts at WPX

Joanna Schroeder

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, there are loads of fun things to see, eat and learn about each year during the World Pork Expo. A new cool product that I ran across is an innovative new lighting system designed with the swine industry in mind. When speaking with Burlington-IA, Energyficient Systems CEO Chad Palmer (and designer) he explained …

Agribusiness, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Technology, Video, World Pork Expo

Legacy Common Swine Operations Audit Announced

Joanna Schroeder

Chris Novak, CEO of the National Pork Board, announced plans for a new common industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors. Using the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program as the foundation, the year-long audit team is nearing the final stages of completion and the initial common audit framework. The program was unveiled during World Pork …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

NPPC President at World Pork Expo

Joanna Schroeder

Each year people from around the world come to World Pork Expo (WPX) and ask the question: what new things will I find there? So I asked Dr. Howard Hill, National Pork Producer Council (NPPC) president, veterinarian and Iowa pork producer, that question and his answer: a lot. A few highlights he mentioned included all the press conferences and seminars …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Pork Producers Oppose Japan’s TPP Demands

Cindy Zimmerman

Pending trade deals, particularly the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be among the topics on the plate – along with lots of barbequed pork! – at the World Pork Expo this week. Just last week, the National Pork Producers Council joined with dairy, wheat and rice organizations in calling on the Obama administration to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations …

Agribusiness, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Trade, World Pork Expo

Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding System

Jamie Johansen

Nedap continues to improve sow performance with its electronic sow management system in the United States. Their electronic sow feeding system has been implemented on key operations in the U.S., with sow managers finding multiple production benefits, including: greater consistency in body condition scores, better conception rates, minimized stress on the sows and a more balanced sow parity structure. The …

Agribusiness, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo