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Keeping Pigs Cool

swine heat stress The midwest is experiencing high heat and humidity this summer. These high temperatures not only make you feel terrible but your livestock can feel bad too. It is important to keep an eye on the animals and take action before they start to get heat stress.

This document provides guidelines on identifying optimum swine temperature ranges and tactics to keeping the pigs cool.

PRRSv Area Regional Control Updates

PRRSv Area Regional Control and Elimination Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv) is a disease that is a problem for those in swine production. For the last several years there have been regional efforts aimed at understanding the disease and identifying ways to control and eliminate it. At the 2011 World Pork Expo, several regions shared updates on the efforts. Also, key findings and constraints were presented and research on PRRS disease identification and transmission were provided.

Better Pork, Lower Temp

Pork at 145 degrees Fahrenheit The USDA issued new pork cooking guidelines that allow for pork to be cooked at a lower temperature that has traditionally been done in the past. The new recommended temperature is 15 degrees less than previously recommended, resulting in pork being pinker than most cooks are accustomed to.
"Our consumer research has consistently shown that Americans have a tendency to overcook common cuts of pork, resulting in a less-than-optimal eating experience," said Dianne Bettin, a pork producer from Truman, Minn., and chair of the Checkoff's Domestic Marketing Committee. "The new guidelines will help consumers enjoy pork at its most flavorful, juicy - and safe - temperature."

What Is Pork's Carbon Footprint?

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The National Pork Board continues to develop tools to help producers understand the environmental impacts of their pork operations. Since 2008 the National Pork Board has been working on a specific plan to assess and better understand the pork industry’s carbon footprint. The new "Pork Carbon Footprint Calculator" was released at the at World Pork Expo.  Producers say it's also a good 'What If' tool for energy use in your operation.

Rain In The Pork Economic Forecast

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Dr. Steve Meyers, Paragon Economics, shares his industry outlook on producer profitability based on use of good risk management practices.
We have moved back into a period where if you are buying grain and selling hogs on the cash market, you're probably loosing money. The issue is not the price of pigs, the issue is the cost of production.
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