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Every fall I write an exclusive report on the swine industry for Successful Farming magazine called Pork Powerhouses. This is the 19th year I have collected data on the largest 25 pork producers in...
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Mark and Kristin produce high-quality pork and beef for restaurants
Mark and Kristin Boe of Ottawa, Illinois, raise purebred cattle and hogs that are served up at several Chicago restaurants. They started selling the products in 2010 when a neighbor down the road...
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This deadly new virus is spreading among swine herds
A highly-contagious virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED, is sweeping through American swine herds. The disease is transmitted from pig-to-pig through fecal material and close contact. So...
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Here are tips on protecting your farm from this deadly swine disease
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) was confirmed for the first time in U.S. swine herds in May 2013. Key Points about PEDV It is widespread in many countries. It may appear clinically to be...
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Pigs that do a lot of scratching and look rather miserable might be suffering from lice and mange
Whether you have a large number of pigs or just a few, an outbreak of external parasites can lead to reduced performance and make the animals more prone to disease. Ralph Williams is an...
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World Pork Expo celebrated its 25th anniversary this week and I've been to every one. Why stop now? I had a good time at the Iowa State Fairgrounds talking to producers, hearing the news, and...
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Genetic mutation in dystrophin causes muscle weakness and death
Stress-related issues like transportation cost the U.S. swine industry an estimated $50 million a year. Producers as well as researchers have long suspected that undetected stress-related syndromes...
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Both producers and consumers benefit from this program
Radio interview source: Chris Novak, CEO, National Pork Board Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Consumers expect quality from the pork industry, and hog producers strive to...
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Gradually introducing new food will help ensure proper consumption and growth
Radio interview source: Susanne Petersen, Marketing Manager, Land O'Lakes Purina Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Successfully-weaned baby pigs grow to healthy market...
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I stopped by the Iowa Pork Congress and immediately ran into a couple I have seen every year at this event for more than 25 years. Junior and Violet greeted me with, "Betsy! We need your advice...

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