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Smuggled Pork Sausage is Definitely NOT Baby Formula

U.S. Border Patrol agents confiscate thousands of smuggled food and agriculture items each day. ( freeimages.com )   The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents see strange things all the time, so they likely weren’t too surprised when they found pork sausages in canisters of baby formula. A woman from El Salvador evidently felt […]

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Pigs Make Great Classroom Pets

This Teacher Takes Two Pigs to Her Classroom Every Single Day   And she just published a picture book about them.   Tracy Tornio on March 22, 2017   Melissa Nicholson takes “teacher’s pet” to a whole new level. This Florida first grade teacher brings two classroom pigs into school with her every single day. […]

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AGRICULTURE BATTLES ‘BIG IS BAD’ CONSUMER BIAS

April 24, 2018 By Ken Anderson  Consumers are not convinced that “bigger is better” when it comes to farming. Terry Fleck of the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) says as the size and scale of farming grows, so does the public’s skepticism about large farming operations. “Big Agriculture just doesn’t feel right to a lot of consumers,” […]

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China slaps 25% tariff on U.S. pork

China slaps 25% tariff on U.S. pork As promised, China imposes tariffs on 128 items including U.S. pork. Cheryl Day 2 | Apr 02, 2018 China imposes tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. imports including pork, counteracting the Trump’s administration’s move to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The Customs Tariff Commission of […]

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Reducing sow mortality in the farrowing room

A lot of farrowing room focus is put on preweaning mortality, but reducing sow mortality also needs to receive producer attention. By John Deen, DVM, PhD, MBA, University of Minnesota Swine Group Mar 13, 2018 Mortality rates are highest in the farrowing room, whether it be for pigs or sows. When we include stillbirths, it […]

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A Growing “Teacup” Pig Problem

Sara Brown February 27, 2018 01:30 PM Pinterest is full of cute animal pictures, and among the most popular are teacup or miniature pigs. But like we all know—pigs, however big or small, are still…well, pigs. Others are figuring that out too. Even the Humane Society of Missouri is asking people to think twice before […]

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HIMP, Swine Slaughter House Rule Finally Approved

OMB approves HIMP swine slaughter rule; industry pleased BY NEWS DESK | JANUARY 16, 2018 Changes to how pork slaughter plants could be regulated are going forward after a mere 21 years in the making. President Donald Trump’s Administration has approved a final rule that had its origin during President Bill Clinton’s Administration. The U.S. […]

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Determining optimum stocking density in nursery pigs

Studies have shown that providing an optimal space allowance increases productivity by maximizing feed intake and the average daily gain of animals. Jan 22, 2018   Researchers: Cyril R. Roy, Ravneet Kaur and Jennifer A. Brown, Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon, Sask.; Yolande M. Seddon, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; Dan Bussieres, Groupe […]

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Pig farmers pay it forward ham by ham

Second annual #HamsAcrossAmerica campaign kicks off in Iowa, with participation from the National Pork Board, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Smithfield Foods Inc. and PrairieFresh Premium Pork. Nov 28, 2017 Source: National Pork Board Today, the National Pork Board, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Smithfield Foods Inc. and PrairieFresh Premium Pork joined forces to support […]

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