Tyson Foods Inc., the nation’s second-largest pork producer, says it will require more humane animal treatment farmers that raise its pigs and keep a closer eye on all of its hog suppliers in North America.
Minnesota pork production will take center stage on Thursday, June 7, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Alexandria Rotary Club.
Pam Gierke of Gierke Farms will address the group at noon in the Broadway Ballroom of the Garden Center Bowling Lane at 115 30th Ave. E. in Alexandria.
Randy Spronk likes to say that “hog production is in my genes.” Spronk, whose ancestors raised hogs in the Netherlands and who today is a pork producer in Edgerton, Minn., has been elected president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. He becomes the organization’s president next spring.
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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