“The No. 1 reason slats go bad is age,” said Andy Altenburg at the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo. After 20 years building and repairing hog and cattle barns, he’s seen about every situation-gone-wrong you can imagine.
Wild boars are often seen as a symbol of good fortune in China, especially with the Chinese Lunar Year of the Pig Tuesday. Increased sightings of wild boars in Hong Kong, however, signal anything but “luck” to me.
It’s clear the Polar Vortex had an impact on pork production after a very hot start to the year, says Dustin Baker, director of economics and domestic production issues at the National Pork Producers Council.
Last month, Jimmy Tosh of Tosh Farms received Farm Journal’s annual Top Producer of the Year award. An innovative leader, Tosh has built one of the largest pork operations in the country. Here's a closer look.
The recent widespread outbreak of African swine fever in China has brought a whole new resolve to improve biosecurity, said Erin Borror of the U.S. Meat Export Federation during AgriTalk with Chip Flory.
Although most pigs are housed in climate-controlled barns today, extreme winter weather conditions can take their toll. Watch for changes in your pigs' behavior to know if the cold temperatures are taking a toll.
If China purchases at least 350,000 tons of U.S. pork each year for five years, the total deal would be worth approximately $3.5 billion in sales, estimates Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University economist.