Pork production is accelerating, prices are lower, and demand is improving. New Data from the Department of Agriculture shows that lower pork prices this year have encouraged domestic and foreign consumers to buy more U.S. pork. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports 2018 total cold stocks of pork have remained at or below three and five-year averages so far, and large …
Swine Fever Spreads; FAO Calls Emergency Meeting
China reported another four cases of African Swine Fever. The trade website Meating Place Dot Com says that brings the total number of cases to 13 since the virus was first found in the country last month. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization called a three-day emergency meeting of experts to propose responses to halt the spread of the …
United States Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 2 Percent
As of December 1, there were 73.2 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from December 2016, but down slightly from September 1, 2017, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Other key findings in the report were: Of the 73.2 million hogs …
A Lot of Hogs Now and More on the Way
There are a lot of hogs across the country right now and even more on the way. As Gary Crawford reports, hog producers are shattering all kinds of records.
U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 4 Percent
As of March 1, there were 71.0 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from March 2016, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2016, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Other key findings in the report were:
Seneca Valley Virus Disease Reports Increasing
The Seneca Valley virus disease is on a slow upswing in the United States, and a University of Missouri Extension veterinarian says pork producers need to be prepared if the disease strikes their operation.
Smithfield Cutting Back on Gestation Crates
The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, said this week they’ve moved 87 percent of their pregnant sows out of gestation crates to group housing.