For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs.
Zoetis Inc., the world’s largest animal-health company, has received a conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its vaccine against a deadly piglet virus and will begin selling it this month in the U.S., according to the company.
Pork exports were phenomenal last year, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast the same for this year. However, the bears are not so easily convinced. They were watching pork prices fall in China (our largest export market).
Pork producers from across North Dakota were in Jamestown Tuesday to talk shop, meet each other and discuss threats to the industry.
Close to 30 producers converged at the 40th annual Pork Convention put on by the North Dakota Pork Council at the Gladstone Inn & Suites.
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