USDA Announces Second Round of Funding for Feral Swine Program

Clint Thompson Pork, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week it is accepting applications from non-federal, not-for-profit partners for projects to help agricultural producers and private landowners trap and control feral swine. This is all part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP), where NRCS is making $12 million available. Applications for this second round of funding will …


How to Get Started with Raising Peafowl

Dan Poultry, This Land of Ours

How to get started with raising Peafowl. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Peafowls are not picky eaters. Like chickens, they will eat just about anything. You should feed chicks a medicated starter during the first 6 months, ideally mixed with a gamebird starter. A starter feed should contain about 20-24% protein. They may also need grit if …

UGA Faculty Will Collaborate on Evaluating COVID-19 Control Methods in Meat Processing

Clint Thompson Georgia, Poultry

By Maria M. Lameiras, Joe Montgomery for CAES News Poultry researchers at the University of Georgia are partnering with a team from Kansas State University to study how to effectively control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the nation’s meat and poultry processing facilities. The study seeks to protect meat plant workers and their surrounding communities …

July Beef and Pork Exports Rebound, But Still Below Last Year

Clint Thompson Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork

The latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows July exports of U.S. beef rebounded from recent lows but remained below 2019 levels. Here is U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Economist, Erin Borror. U.S. pork exports, which are on a record pace in 2020, were also down year-over-year in July but increased compared to June. Borro says it …


Weekly Livestock Market Report Week Ending 09-04-2020

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, Livestock

Here are the weekly livestock market reports for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, for the week ended September 4, 2020, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for all three states. AL Livestock Market Report:  At Alabama Livestock Auctions receipts at 21 markets totaled an estimated 14,000 head compared to 13,901 last week and 11,571 year ago. Compared to one week …


U.S. Meat Exports to South Korea Face New Round of COVID-19 Restrictions

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Exports/Imports, Livestock

In an effort to contain a recent wave of COVID-19 cases, the government of South Korea has re-imposed heightened social distancing requirements in the Seoul metropolitan area, including restrictions on some food and beverage providers. U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Joe’s Schuele has more details on what this means for U.S. beef and pork exports.