Jun 19

Are All the Pigs Going to China?

Are All the Pigs Going to China?
A few weeks ago, Chinese meat processing giant, Shuanghui International, made an agreement to purchase Smithfield Foods, one of the largest pork producers in the US. The price tag on the deal was a whopping $4.7 billion dollars, making it the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese company to date, pending the purchase is approved.

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Jun 12

The Pig Industry, From Your View – Photo Contest

Categories: Pig, Pigs, Swine
The Pig Industry, From Your View – Photo Contest

What does the Pig industry look like to you? Now is your chance to share your favorite images from the farm. We’ve partnered with producers, students, and farm families everywhere to show the world our Pig Farms in Focus Contest.

Submit an image of what pig farming really looks like and then later you will have a chance to select the best one. We launched this competition in conjunction with the World Pork Expo last week.

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May 21

Will the Swine Industry be Antibiotic-Free by 2020?

Will the Swine Industry be Antibiotic-Free by 2020?

Will the swine industry be antibiotic-free by 2020? Maybe. Maybe not. According to Terry Coffey, Murphy-Brown LLC., we first must understand science and then balance that with consumer demand. Coffey said that ninety-eight percent of the time antibiotic growth promotants are used, it is to combat PRRS and the swine influenza virus. AGPs are only used about two percent of the time for improved weight gain and feed efficiencies.

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May 19

Promoting Reproductive Efficiency in Pigs

Categories: Alltech Symposium, Pig, Pigs, Swine
Promoting Reproductive Efficiency in Pigs

Forty pigs or 2 tons of meat per sow by 2020 - is that realistic and if so, what will it do to the reproductive performance of our sows?

The fertility session at GLIMPSE 2020, the 29th Alltech Annual International Symposium, is addressing difficult questions with the top reproduction experts from all parts of the world.  From technical to practical applications, this year’s session offers a variety of ideas and objectives from across the globe, all focusing on one thing: promoting reproductive efficiency in pigs.

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