Maschhoffs takes ‘swift action’ to address concerns

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Officials of The Maschhoffs say they have taken swift action to address animal abuse concerns raised by an undercover video recorded at one of its sow farms in Nebraska. In a news release provided to Brownfield on Friday afternoon, the company listed several actions that have been taken: *The farm manager at the sow farm in… Read more »

Seng suggests more follow-up to trade negotiations

The top man at the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says more resources should be put into helping U.S. businesses take advantage agriculture trade deals after the negotiations are complete.  USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng tells Brownfield that U.S. spending fortifying relationships between government and agriculture export businesses pales in comparison to what the… Read more »

The Maschhoffs responds to undercover video

One of the nation’s leading producers of pork, The Maschhoffs, says it is investigating allegations made in an undercover video allegedly shot at one of its Nebraska sow operations. In a statement on its web site, Maschhoffs’ president Bradley Wolter says the firm has “zero tolerance for any abuse or mistreatment of our pigs—and this… Read more »

GIPSA rule would cost pork industry millions

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says implementation of the GIPSA rule would be devastating to the pork industry. NPPC past-president Dr. Howard Hill told a Senate Agriculture subcommittee hearing last week that a 2010 study by Informa Economics found the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act would’ve cost the pork industry more than $350… Read more »

Consumer voices will matter in livestock production

An animal care and welfare specialist says the attitudes consumers have towards the way livestock raised for production are treated is changing. University of Calgary’s Ed Pajor says the “humanization” of animals has created additional challenges for the nation’s livestock producers. But, he says producers today better understand the needs of animals than they ever… Read more »

Livestock market volatility emphasizes need for safety net

A livestock market specialist says the extreme volatility in the livestock markets emphasize the importance of risk management tools available through the Farm Bill. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday about the current financial situation for the nation’s livestock producers.  He tells Brownfield in 2009 the… Read more »

Hearing witnesses discuss cattle futures volatility

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Concerns over extreme volatility in the cattle futures markets were discussed at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing in Washington. Montana rancher, cattle feeder and auctioneer Joe Goggins, testifying on behalf of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, said the futures market volatility is deterring cattlemen from using the markets because of the risk of losing capital. “These… Read more »

Cattle disease continues to spread into Midwest

The blood disease of cattle called anaplasmosis continues to spread from southern and western areas of the U.S. into the Midwest. Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek with the veterinary diagnostic lab at Kansas State University, says the disease causes severe and potentially fatal anemia in cattle. “For herds that are negative—like so many of our bovine diseases—the… Read more »

Prestage Foods evaluating other pork plant sites

Prestage Foods of Iowa continues to evaluate sites for its proposed pork processing plant. Prestage spokesperson Summer Lanier tells Brownfield they met recently with officials in Franklin County in north-central Iowa. “We are in the process of evaluating other sites in both Iowa and the adjoining states, and Franklin County is just one of many… Read more »

U.S. unprepared for foreign animal disease outbreak

  A pork industry leader says the U.S. needs to be better prepared to handle a foreign animal disease outbreak. On Thursday, past president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Dr. Howard Hill told a Senate Agriculture subcommittee hearing on livestock that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) poses a serious threat to hog farmers. “USDA and… Read more »