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PORK’S STRATEGY

The National Pork Board (NPB) has released a new strategic plan for the next five years with the goals of building consumer trust, driving sustainable production and growing consumer demand.

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PEDv UPDATE

The total number of pig farm samples that have tested positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus now stands at 8,622 in 31 states according to a Pig Site article. Since full reporting of testing began in Nov. 2013, a total of 35,126 farm samples have been tested, of which 22 percent have tested positive for… read more

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PORK OUTLOOK

Shortages of hogs and packing plant workers in Canada, exacerbated by recent government restrictions, may severely cut hog processing and pork exports, helping to keep North American retail pork prices near record highs. “If those Canadian pigs don’t flow south, you’re going to have U.S. hog farmers bidding against each other to get pigs,” says… read more

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

 Check out FarmWeekNow.com and FarmWeek for stories on voter registration, hogs and pigs report, and the latest farm bill toolbox.  

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PEDv VACCINE

– Animal health company Zoetis says it has received a conditional license from USDA for a vaccine to combat PEDv. The vaccine should be available to vets later this month. The announcement follows the conditional approval in June of another PEDv vaccine offered by Harrisvaccines Inc.

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TYSON-HILLSHIRE UPDATE

 Tyson Foods has agreed to sell off its hog acquisition unit, Heinold Hog Markets, in order to win U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approval of its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands. The proposed settlement needs approval from a federal district judge in Washington.

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PEDv UPDATE

The deadly virus that has ravaged about 10 percent of the country’s hog supply and sent pork prices soaring could be spreading through animal feed, a study has found.

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WHY THE SPREAD

Why are Iowa farmland values higher than Illinois?  The easy answer is demand for land for disposal of hog manure has kept top IA prices at $19,000, and central IL values are topping at $12,000.

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PEDV UPDATE

A southern Indiana hog farm has confirmed through its veterinarian that it experienced a second round of PEDv outbreak. Experts now say some 30% of farms nationwide have experienced some rate of re-infection, dismissing the idea that once hog farms have experienced the virus outbreak they’re protected for several years afterward.

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