U.S. Hog Inventory Down 4%

As of December 1st, U.S. farms held 74.2 million hogs and pigs, a 4% drop from the same time in 2020. It’s also a 1% drop from September 1st, 2021. Those numbers come from NASS’ the latest Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. Of those 74.2 million hogs and pigs, 68 million were market hogs, and […]

FSA Unveils Updates To CFAP 2

Last week, the USDA rolled out a few updates to the Department’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for producers of poultry and hogs. “Contract growers, helping them realize an additional stream of income to assist them getting through those economic impacts of the pandemic,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. He noted that works for specialty […]

USDA: ASF Must Be Taken Seriously

As we told you last week, African Swine Fever was recently discovered in the Dominican Republic. “It’s a disease that pigs and pigs only. it doesn’t effect man in any way and another other animal species except the swine populations in the world. There’s no vaccine currently so it’s deadly. The only way to get […]

NIFA Invests $14 Million in Animal Health and Disease Research

The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Wednesday announced an investment of $14 million in research to protect agricultural animals from disease. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Diseases of Agricultural Animals program area priority. NIFA director Carrie Castille said, “This research will help better understand, diagnose, […]

USDA Announces Breakthrough for ASF Vaccine Candidate

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced that an African Swine Fever Virus vaccine candidate has been adapted to grow in a cell line. The announcement means those involved in vaccine production will no longer have to rely on live pigs and fresh cells for vaccine production. The discovery overcomes one of the major challenges for […]

U.S. Hog Inventory Drops 2%

The USDA says there were 74.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of March 1st. The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report says that the number is down 2% from March 2020, and three percent lower than December 1st of last year. Among the other key findings, NASS says of the 74.8 million hogs […]

New Swine Fever Virus Affecting Chinese Herds

According to Reuters, a new form of African swine fever is popping up on Chinese pig farms. The timing is not good for the world’s biggest pork producer that’s still trying to recover from a devastating epidemic. Two new strains of African Swine Fever have infected over 1,000 sows on several farms owned by China’s […]