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SCIENTISTS CREATE LOW-FAT PIGS

Chinese scientists says they’ve created a new, low-fat pig using genetic engineering techniques. In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report they’ve created 12 healthy pigs with about 24 percent less body fat than normal pigs. (NPR’s The Salt)

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ILLINOIS HOG INVENTORY CLIMBS

Illinois hog inventory has gone up 2 percent since this time last year, adding thousands of jobs to Illinois’ economy. Jennifer Tirey, executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, said the growth is due to new processing plants in surrounding states. “In 2016, we had 2.4 million roughly for capacity,” Tirey said. “Now, our… read more

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MORE HOGS NO PROBLEM FOR MARKET

Current economic models suggest hog farmers are making between $10 and $20 per head despite a projected growth in slaughter of 3.8% this year and possibly up to 4% in 2018. How are strong prices, well above $70 per hundredweight, and profitable margins possible at a time with such large production? The main driver revolves… read more

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USB REPORT

Cattle production in Illinois is down at least 25% and pork production has generally shifted to the Midwest from the periphery of the country, particularly from coastal states because of lower feed costs, according to a new United Soybean Board report on livestock feeding trends since 2000.  

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HOGS PER PERSON

Iowa has nearly 7 times more hogs than people, according to the USDA. A map of the Midwest shows Nebraska, S. Dakota and Minnesota also have more hogs than people, but just barely. Illinois comes in at 3 people per hog

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PORK OUTLOOK

Producers will see sharply lower hog prices this year – down 26% from 2014 – due to larger livestock production, says the USDA’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. FarmWeekNow’s Dan Grant is attending this week’s USDA Outlook Meeting and will provide more coverage on FarmWeekNow.com.

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PIG STUDY

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilized during lactating. Currently, about a half-million piglets die each year in Sweden – many from trampling.

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PORK AND PORTS

A strong dollar has made U.S. pork more costly than meat from competing countries, which has led to a slowdown in exports, especially to China. And cargo slow-downs due to a labor dispute at West Coast ports has left stocks of pork products piling up.

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GROUP HOUSING

Cargill Pork, LLC, one of the largest pork producers in the U.S., is 11 months ahead of its own schedule for completing the conversion to group housing for sows at company-owned farms.  In June 2014, Cargill Pork announced a commitment to group housing of sows at company-owned farms, with the original completion date set for… read more

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PORK PROXIES

Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal contained three major stories devoted to the pork industry.  The main article focused on how animal rights groups are courting Wall Street proxy services to get their message to stockholders.  The other two looked at the progress on shifting from gestational stalls to group housing and the pork… read more

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