Animal Ag News 12/27

Carrie Muehling

  • As of Dec. 1, there were 74.2 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 4% from December 2020 and down 1% from Sept. 1, 2021, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • The National Bison Association and Rocky Mountain Bison Association announce the 2022 National Bison Junior Judging Contest on Friday, Jan. 21 in Denver, in conjunction with the Gold Trophy Show and Sale during the National Western Stock Show. For more information, contact Jim Matheson at
  • In a report issued on retail pork prices, economists with Iowa State University, North Carolina State University and the National Pork Producers Council found that pork prices, not industry profits, are rising. Prices are rising due to increased transportation costs, supply bottlenecks and delays and increased labor costs throughout the pork chain. Those factors, said Iowa State’s Dermot Hayes, NC State’s Barry Goodwin and NPPC’s Holly Cook, were either caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cargill has donated $100,000 to the Kansas Livestock Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), to help with relief efforts underway for producers impacted by the weather events of December 15. These and other funds will be used to purchase fencing supplies, feed and other priority needs identified by local KLA leadership in counties affected by severe weather and wildfires that burned nearly 400,000 acres. Livestock producers in the hardest hit areas lost fence, livestock and feed resources. Homes and outbuildings also were among the losses.
  • With a rich history built on more than a century of poultry domestication and study, the modern poultry industry continues to expand its knowledge and mastery of avian care and finding innovative areas of research that help increase the overall success of the industry. These research developments and related topics will be discussed at the International Poultry Scientific Forum, held in conjunction with the 2022 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta.
  • Six women in ranching, and longtime R-CALF USA members, created a successful calendar fundraiser campaign for the organization: Theresa Fox of Hermosa, South Dakota; Delia Johnson of Fairburn, South Dakota; DeLynn Hanson of Fort Pierre, South Dakota; Dawn Schultz of Brewster, Kansas; Brenda Thornsberry of Richland, Missouri; and Candi Chambers of Carrollton, Georgia, form the R-CALF USA Calendar Committee. The committee is currently selling 2022 R-CALF USA calendars with all sale proceeds going toward R-CALF USA’s efforts for U.S. cattle industry reforms.
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