Iowa is ‘as ready as we can be’ for avian flu

As ducks, geese and other wild birds begin their southern migration, Midwestern poultry farmers and agricultural officials are preparing for a possible return of avian influenza. Iowa ag secretary Bill Northey says his department is “as ready as we can be”. “Obviously we have a lot of folks that have been through this, so they… Read more »

What to do in the event of a livestock trailer rollover

Livestock trailer rollovers happen and when they do, safety experts say emergency response is required. Minnesota Pork Board education director Jill Resler has this advice for first responders. “If you’re the first one on the scene of an accident, the key thing is to move slowly and try to make sure the livestock are off… Read more »

NCC members “re-tripling” biosecurity

Broiler producers in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic states have been increasing their biosecurity for months because of the threat of Avian Influenza in those areas. “The birds in Canada are coming down the Atlantic Flyway this fall and winter which is heavily where our broiler production areas are,” says Tom Super with the National Chicken Council… Read more »

Keith Schoettmer named Pig Farmer of the Year

An Indiana pig farmer has been named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. Keith Schoettmer of Tipton, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, owns Schoettmer Prime Pork which produces 22,000 pigs a year. The first-time award, presented by the National Pork Board, recognizes a pig farmer who raises pigs using the board’s ‘We Care’ ethical principles… Read more »

Petition filed to change FDA egg rule

The National Chicken Council is urging the Food and Drug Administration to change its rules on “surplus” hatching eggs to offset the negative market impact still in place from the Avian Influenza outbreak. The Council’s Tom Super says the FDA changed surplus egg storage at broiler facilities in 2010 – requiring them to be kept… Read more »

Analysts disagree on current direction of beef demand

Some livestock market analysts speculate that weaker-than-expected consumer demand for beef has been a big factor in the recent cattle market decline. They say shoppers are increasingly choosing cheaper pork and chicken as alternatives. But Oklahoma State University livestock marketing economist Derrell Peel isn’t convinced that beef demand is falling. “I don’t have a sense… Read more »

NCBA says TPP benefits beyond Japan

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not only help the U.S. beef industry with its largest export market, Japan, but will encourage other countries to come on board with the 12-nation agreement. “The additional countries who may come on in a few years which are also growing economies in… Read more »

NCC hopes for Canadian access in TPP deal

The National Chicken Council (NCC) says it hopes there’s good news about Canada in the just-announced final agreement of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Council spokesman Tom Super tells Brownfield Ag News they hope the “long-protected” Canadian market will be opened to free trade for poultry which he says would be a win for U.S…. Read more »

USDA: Tote bags possible PEDv carrier

USDA investigators say tote bags used for transporting pig feed may have been the way three coronaviruses, including Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), entered the United States. The agency’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a report this week saying those flexible intermediate bulk containers are the top suspects among possible ways the… Read more »

Slightly higher pork supplies in 2016

An ag economist says the pork industry will see slightly higher supplies in 2016. Purdue’s Chris Hurt says the industry is estimating a 1 percent increase for next year.  “The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus was the big event for pork supplies a year ago in 2014 but we’ve largely worked through that and returned largely… Read more »