FYI on Swine
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Thousands of former clients of the failed brokerage, including farmers, cattle ranchers and investors, have not yet received tax forms that detail their profits and losses, preventing them from preparing accurate returns for the Internal Revenue Service ahead of a rapidly approaching deadline.
While a fresh crop of renewable-fuel ventures has attracted billions in financial backing from eager investors, the daunting task of moving from the laboratory to profitable commercial production still poses a major hurdle for many of them.
A number of studies have reported that feeding above the nutritional requirement of Mg to pigs in the last few days prior to slaughter improves pork colour and water-holding capacity, and it may affect lipid oxidation of stored pork. To date, no studies have been devoted to the effect of dietary Mg supplementation on pork in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP); therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the effect of dietary supplementation with different sources of Mg on pork quality during 13 days of storage at 4 ± 1 °C under modified atmosphere.
The new beef war between Taiwan and the United States touched off Uncle Sam's insistence on making Taipei's lifting of the ban on American beef with ractopamine residues a sine qua non for resumption of negotiations on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), and is threatening to become fiercer as hog farmers are getting ready to march on the Office of the President to protest against the bullying from across the Pacific.
U.S. trade data released in carcass-weight volumes by USDA on Friday, February 10, 2012 showed December pork exports at 493 million pounds, 23 percent above a year earlier, mostly due to very large shipments to Asia—China in particular. Total exports for 2011 were 5.2 billion pounds, 23 percent above totals in 2010.
The farm sector is one of the few bright spots in a rough U.S. economy. Vilsack, the popular former governor of Iowa, who has an appreciation of policy and politics, is one of the success stories of the Obama administration.
This case study took place in the summer of 2010 in the Midwest of the United States of America. The farm involves a small farrow-to-finish operation where all pigs are finished on the same site. The farm consists of a gestation and farrowing barn with a capacity of 150 females, a “double L” nursery facility with a capacity of about 400 pigs and a finishing barn with a capacity for 800 pigs. The boars on this farm are utilized as if they are a stand-alone boar stud, as semen is both utilized for their own females and sold domestically and internationally.
Everyone who has ever accomplished anything of note has experienced failure, probably more than once or twice. Failure is always a real possibility when you step out to do something great. Like a lot of people in this country, the crashing economy hit me hard, and about 4 years ago, I lost everything. But, I started over; I made some remarkable discoveries; I did things differently. I learned valuable lessons from my mistakes and recently the company I founded after losing everything landed at #21 on Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States.
U.S. farmers will plant the most acres in a generation this year, led by the biggest corn crop since World War II, taking advantage of the highest agricultural prices in at least four decades. They will sow corn, soybeans and wheat on 226.9 million acres, the most since 1984, a Bloomberg survey of 36 farmers, bankers and analysts showed. The 2.5 percent gain means an expansion the size of New Jersey, as growers target fields left fallow last year and land freed up from conservation programs.
Tyson Foods highlighted the damage high cattle prices, and chicken overcapacity, are wreaking on protein groups as it unveiled profit falls at all three major meat divisions – if not by as much as investors had expected. America's top meat processor revealed a slump of 48%, to $156m, in earnings for the last three months of 2011, as an inability to pass on rising feed and livestock costs halved its operating margins.
The world pork sector is poised for a takeover spree as companies favoured by the recovery in industry margins take out players who, thanks to relatively high costs or market positioning, have fared less well.
Hog farmers yesterday warned of protests as the government mulled the possibility of easing restrictions on the import of meat products containing the controversial feed additive ractopamine. At a provisional meeting called yesterday amid escalating concern over the possibility of opening the country to US beef from livestock fed with the lean-meat enhancing drug, the Republic of China Swine Association (ROCSA), a nationwide association of pig farmers, reaffirmed its opposition to removing the ban.
A key factor enabling China's transformation ("China Population Balance Tilts Urban," World News, Jan. 18) is the ability of landowning local governments to simply grab land instead of transferring ownership by means of a sales contract. Much of this land is arable and turned into industrial parks, plus housing.
The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of USDA has given approval for six pork processing plants in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to export fresh pork to the U.S. After an 18 month review, Brazilian inspectors have been determined to be available in sufficient numbers and properly trained to establish the compliance of plants in the state. This approval will likely encourage other pork importing countries to consider Brazil as a supplier and further harmonize standards.
During the past few years, many comparisons have been made with the agricultural economy that existed in the late 1970s, with record grain prices, high farm profits, and rapid increases in land values.
U.S. pork producers should see another profitable year in 2012, says Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. He projects a $12-per-pig profit for the average farrow-to-finish producer. Of course that means there are opportunities for greater profit as well as risks for less profit.
U.S. exporters will continue to see “massive demand” for meat overseas, especially from China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, according to Brett Stuart, the co-founder of farm-industry researcher Global AgriTrends.
Top trade officials from the United States and European Union said today they were pleased with a final ruling from the WTO, which went against Chinese trade restraints on raw materials. The WTO’s Appellate Body said in Geneva that China needs to bring its restraints on exports of the materials into conformity with international trade agreement. The materials in question are used in the chemical and steel industries.
Researchers studying a potentially deadlier, airborne version of the bird flu virus have voluntarily suspended their studies for 60 days because of concerns it could be used as a devastating form of bioterrorism, according to a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday.