In a narrative dubbed over a video track of 35 images depicting America’s farmers and ranchers, the late Paul Harvey, in his trademark cadence, delivered the thoughtful message — “So God Made a Farmer” — captured from his keynote address at the...
Approximately 20-plus years into the fight to rid the nation of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, a more realistic approach may be to improve efforts to control the persistent disease.
Whenever an unsaturated ingredient is added to a swine diet, the potential economic gain must be weighed against the risk of harvesting pigs that have a high iodine value (IV). Understanding how and where iodine value is measured on the carcass...
Antimicrobial use and resistance and a start toward seeking resolution on these polarizing and often misunderstood issues are topics addressed in a white paper developed by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
Winter has returned to near normal weather patterns compared to last year’s milder season in the Midwest. Cold, windy conditions have brought with it a cold weather foe to pork producers: Transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE).
I don’t know about you, but with the issuance of each USDA Hogs & Pigs report, I have this nagging little thought in the back of my mind that this could be the quarter that the “pigs saved/litter” tally stalls out.
It has been widely documented that intact male pigs grow more efficiently and produce leaner carcasses than physically castrated males.
As everything from feed management equipment to barn controllers becomes more sophisticated, pork producers have access to more data to help fine-tune their operations. The challenge is to transform this wealth of data into understandable, useful...
“The typical call I get from a producer is, ‘I can’t get my pigs off to a good start, Doc,’” remarks Minnesota swine veterinarian Tim Loula of the Swine Vet Center (SVC), St. Peter, MN.
Pigs weighing less than 2.2 lb. at birth are a growing concern as pork producers strive to wean more pigs per sow per year.