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nationalhogfarmer.com
06/27/2011

Summer months can trigger heat stress in livestock, especially in pigs, according to Mark Whitney, a swine specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension. Pigs are especially challenged because they lack functional sweat glands to help them efficiently reduce body heat.

Even though the majority of pigs today are raised in modern confinement facilities that provide some climate control, producers still face limits in their ability to cool pigs during extreme heat, he says.

Pigs naturally remove body heat during periods of heat stress through a combination of accelerated respiration, decreased feed intake, increased water consumption and adjustments in physical activity and movement.

Pork producers can minimize heat stress for their pigs by:

  1. Preparing and maintaining cooling systems. Check cooling systems and ensure that thermostats, fans, air inlets, drip coolers, sprinklers, cooling cells and other related equipment are set for summer usage. Use of sprinklers, along with fans, can reduce the temperature in barns provided sprinklers are set correctly. Avoid sprinklers that provide a very fine mist because they will increase humidity levels in the barn. Cooling cells work more effectively to lower humidity levels. Adjust ventilation systems to remove excess moisture from buildings.
  2. Adjusting the feeding program. Since pigs will lower their feed intake during periods of high temperatures, increase the nutritional density of the diet for growing pigs and lactating sows. Adding fat to the hog feeder will also increase the caloric density, but if other nutrient levels are not also increased accordingly, animal performance will still suffer, Whitney says.
  3. Modifying procedures during load-out and transportation of pigs. Transportation is perhaps the most stressful time for pigs during periods of heat. Remove feed from pigs for 12-18 hours before shipment (remove feed but not water). Load fewer pigs in order to allow maximum air movement. Keep vehicles in constant motion and open all vents and slats. Avoid moving pigs during the heat of the day, and allow more time to load pigs. Pigs are apt to become fatigued during hot weather. Additional time and patience are needed to effectively load pigs, while reducing pig and handler stress.

For more educational information, visit extension.umn.edu

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haybar.co.uk

Hay Bars’ introduction has truly revolutionised a lot of large yards. The initial investment is quickly recouped by reduced waste and reduction in ‘man hours’ spent laboriously filling hay nets.

HayBar pony feeder

Hay and haylage are the recognised feed but now we have even more choice with many different bagged forage products designed to cater for horses with various feeding problems. COPD, laminitics, dental abnormalities and horses with digestive problems all benefit from bagged forage. How to contain these chop like forages is made easier with Hay Bar. The new version Pony Hay Bar is ideal as it is even easier to clean out when feeding these hay replacements.

Feeding from the floor in the natural position is an aid to maintaining clear sinuses and helps to alleviate back and neck problems. Dental abnormalities are seen far less frequently in horses fed from Hay Bars. Both horse and owner benefit from the Hay Bar system, and with the reduced labour costs and reduction in waste of both bedding and forage, make it an investment that more than pays for itself.

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Livestock scales were created for the weighing of large farmyard animals such as horses, sheep, and cattle. These scales are designed to be able to withstand and accurately weigh animals that weigh several tons. Needless to say, that type of weight measurement can not be achieved on standard bathroom scales or even typical veterinary scales which are designed to weigh small and midsized animals such as dogs and cats.

Livestock scales play a large part in the lives of veterinarians who specialize in the health care of farm animals. It is important to have such a scale on hand to readily be able to weigh animals who are perceived to be ill. These scales also play a big role in the upkeep of healthy animals in zoos around the world. You might be amused to know that the same scale used to weigh cows can also be used to weigh crocodiles.

Many times, and probably more often than not, animals who step onto the livestock scales will not stay still for the time that it would take to get an accurate measurement from a traditional scale. Manufacturers of such scales have kept that in mind and design these scales with weight average and hold options that can help to ensure accurate measurements whether the animal is moving about on top of the scale or not. This is essential in making sure that animals are weighed correctly.

Livestock scales are also commonly used on farms where livestock is frequently bought and sold or raised for profit. Needless to say, these types of scales need to be incredibly durable to withstand harsh farm conditions. Most heavy duty livestock scales designed to be used on farms are water resistant to protect them from rain and animal waste. Typically, their sensors are made of durable stainless steel, also a precautionary measure when dealing with animals that can behave in an unpredictable manner.

As you can see, livestock scales can be found in more places than just the veterinarians office. Many farmers would not be able to make due without them.

There are several different types of livestock scales on the market designed for different weight ranges and with different features. All models are typically very durable for their purpose, but some have added features for different weighing situations.

You may be surprised to know that livestock scales aren’t as expensive as some people think, with small scales designed to weigh animals of 700 pounds and lighter starting at around $250. Many scales that weigh animals up to 2,000 pounds cost under $1,000. The price is all dependent upon the manufacturer of the scale and what functionality that you need the scale to perform.

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must check the zero balance of the scale or reweigh a livestock draft when requested by such persons.

Registrants, packers, and the weighers they employ must comply with a request by any authorized P&SP agent to reweigh livestock or livestock carcasses, so P&SP can determine if the weights recorded by the scale are accurate. False weighing is a criminal offense. Legal action may be brought if incorrect weighing is found.

GIPSA (Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration (sometimes referred to as P&S) requires Market Agencies (such as Superior Livestock Auction), Dealers (order buyers), Livestock Markets (stockyards, livestock auctions) and Packers to weigh livestock and/or grain on scales that have been tested and certified within six months prior to use. They also require that complete weighing records are maintained and on file. All video/internet auctions, dealers, order buyers, sale barns, packers, grain dealers, et al. are regulated by GIPSA (P&S) and all are required to comply with GIPSA regulations.

Most states also have regulations with regard to scales used for commerce and the majority of the states require that scales be tested and certified annually; however, federal regulations override the state regulations on this issue and failure to comply with the GIPSA regulations can result in the assessment of significant fines. Marketing Agencies, Dealers, Livestock Markets, Packers, etc. have no control over this. All cattle that are weighed must be weighed on scales that have been tested and certified within six months of weighing. Communication with the rancher or seller about the scale issue is critical. If the scale they plan to weigh on is not compliant, a compliant scale should be located, or make arrangements to have it tested and certified prior to the delivery of cattle. Contact other people in the livestock industry in your area and work together to help ranchers, co-ops, truck scales, etc. become compliant with GIPSA regulations. This may require financial assistance on your part, but it may be necessary so as to avoid being assessed with fines and other penalties from GIPSA. This applies to everyone in the industry that weighs livestock or grain for commerce. The following update and clarification on the scale regulation specific to seasonal scales was released recently by GIPSA. The information can be accessed via the web at the following websites:Clarification Statement, Federal Register Notice. Below is the statement from the GIPSA website and following that is the notice from the Federal Register. P&SP’s mission in the area of accurate weights consists of two elements that affect the integrity of livestock and poultry transactions: (1) the accuracy of the scales used for weighing livestock, meat, and poultry, and (2) the proper and honest operation of scales to ensure that the weight on which a transaction is based is accurate. The major emphases in the enforcement of this program are the monitoring of scale tests and the detection of improper and fraudulent use of subject scales. Scale Testing Requirements Stockyard owners, market agencies, dealers (including video auctions), packers, or live poultry dealers that weigh livestock, live poultry, or feed, must have their scales tested at least twice each calendar year (section 201.72(a) (9 CFR 201.72(a)). This requirement for twice a year testing also applies to swine contractors and has been in place in some form since September 24, 1984 (49 FR 37374). On January 20, 2011, GIPSA published a rule (76 FR 3485) to better define scale testing requirements. This new rule specifies that one of the two scale tests must occur between January 1 and June 30 of the calendar year and the second must occur between July 1 and December 31 of the calendar year. A minimum of 120 days is required between these two tests. More frequent testing is required for scales that do not maintain accuracy between tests. Example (for a scale used throughout the year): A scale is tested for the first time in 2011 on April 15, meeting the requirement of a test between January 1 and June 30. The second test needs to be between July 1 and December 31 and more than 120 days after the first test or in this case August 13, 2011. So the second test must occur between August 13 and December 31, 2011. In this new rule, GIPSA has provided an exception for the testing of scales used on a limited seasonal basis, which we have recently clarified A seasonal scale is one used during any continuous 6-month period.

GIPSA requires that seasonal scales be tested once during the calendar year and that the test have been conducted within 6 months prior to its use. Example (seasonal): If a scale is tested on April 15, that test is valid until October 15 and you can use the scale throughout that period. If you want to use the scale after October 15, you would need to have another test conducted and the scale would no longer be considered a seasonal scale for that year.

Instructions for Testing Livestock and Animal Scales Regulations(read more) issued under authority of the P&S Act require that persons weighing livestock and live poultry for purposes of purchase or sale under the P&S Act perform their duties in accordance with official instructions.

Responsibility for Accurate Scales and Livestock Weights, What are the Penalties for Violations under the P&S Act? Administrative and civil penalties for violations of the P&S Act include cease and desist orders, civil penalties not more than $11,000 for each violation, and suspensions of registrations under the P&S Act. Any person found guilty of any of the following criminal offenses against the United States is subject to a fine, imprisonment, or both: Makes false entries in records or accounts; Neglects to make true; correct entries; Mutilates, alters, or falsifies any documentary evidence required to be kept; Refuses to allow inspection of records by
authorized agents.

Weighers, who willfully print or enter a false weight on a scale ticket or other record of a registrant or packer, are subject to the penalties under the P&S Act.

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NORAC, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have acquired Agricultural Scales Inc., a Texas-based scale manufacturing company that has been manufacturing weighing equipment for the agricultural industry for the past six years.

“This purchase, provides an opportunity to increase our distribution system in the southern United States,” said Bill Strelioff, CEO. “As NORAC has historically been strong in the northern states, this is an excellent collaboration. Our distribution is strengthened throughout the country and we are now positioned as the leader in agricultural scales worldwide.”

Matt Crawford, owner and founder of Agricultural Scales Inc, has joined NORAC as the Scale Sales Manager for the United States. “I am very excited about the potential of our new partnership”, said Matt Crawford. “NORAC has a well known unique product that supports the livestock industry.”

NORAC’s leading scale product is the Mobile Group Animal Scale for weighing cattle. The patented design has a low profile weighing platform and a rubberized deck which makes loading and unloading animals quick, easy and safe. Legal-For-Trade accuracy allows the operator to easily move the scale from place to place for weighing anywhere, anytime, accurately.

For over 30 years NORAC has been manufacturing scales. From the introduction of Load Bars to the Mobile Group Animal Scale, NORAC continues to lead the industry in innovation, accuracy and durability.

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gallagher.com.au

With large, easy-to-press buttons, back-lit screens for shed use and the ability to record up to 60,000 animal weights, the latest innovations in weigh-scale technology give farmers and consultants more options than ever before.

Increased farm profitability and user ease are the drivers behind Gallagher’s new generation of weigh-scale technology.

The animal-management system expert has launched a brand new model in the range — the W610. This will be particularly useful in the sheep industry, which is increasingly realising the productivity benefits of electronic tag identification (EID).

The Gallagher-branded range also includes upgraded models of the entry-level weigh scale W210 and W310, plus new W810 Advanced EID Weigh Scale and Data Collector, as well as the revolutionary SmartTSi complete livestock management system.

Mike Hemsley, product manager for Gallagher Animal Management Systems, says the new-generation models have resulted from Gallagher’s continual-improvement process.

“We know from research, and simply from what we have out working in paddocks across Australia, that our products are good. Our aim is to make those good products even better in design and usability.”

Flexible W610 has massive memory

Mr Hemsley says the new W610 model is the best entry-level EID weighing system available.

“The W610 can connect to any brand of EID reader and has a massive memory that can store weight readings from 12,000 animals. Additional livestock-management information, such as average daily weight gain and carcase weight, can be calculated and displayed automatically on the two large LCD screens when the animal is weighed.”

The W610 also enables five-way drafting by weight, and includes a full keyboard for manually logging visual IDs.

Back-lit screen, tougher construction

The upgraded W210 and W310, plus new W610 and W810 models, have a tougher construction, larger back-lit screens, raised keyboards and ergonomically operated switches and buttons. Being back-lit, the screens are easy to read in low-light conditions, such as inside a shed.

Mr Hemsley says the W210 has a “clamshell farm-ready toughness”, large buttons for easy selection and a big rotary dial, all of which make it simple to use. It has auto-weight locking or manual-weighing modes and a rechargeable battery.

A step up from the W210, the W310 can sort two ways, and, like the W610 and W810, it shows weighing statistics on screen.

The W810 Advanced EID Weigh Scale and Data Collector has even easier data collection than the Ruddweigh 800, which it replaces. On top of the benefits of the W610, it also has internal bluetooth for easier connectivity to electronic readers. The W810 also records the date of every weight measurement and allows the user to enter and edit notes on each recording entry, and can store 21,000 animal IDs and 60,000 weight recordings. It can be set to draft up to nine ways: by EID, list and/or by weight.

SmartTSi

The SmartTSi is Gallagher’s premier animal-management system. Advanced, yet simple-to-use, SmartTSi combines a computer, weigh scale and animal-performance software.

Its intuitive touch-screen ensures that recording and accessing individual animal or herd information is simple and fast, saving farmers time when weighing animals.

Mike Hemsley says SmartTSi models to be released early this year will feature a software upgrade that will also be available to existing SmartTSi users.

“The software upgrade for existing SmartTSi users will be absolutely free. We like users of our technology to have the best tools in their hands.”

Unique full range

Mr Hemsley said the addition of the W610 model to the new-generation range of weigh scales means Gallagher can meet any customer’s needs. All products are backed by a market-leading on-farm sales and support service team.

The range, which was launched on 1 February, sees Gallagher as the only company with a full range of permanent and portable EID readers, software, loadbars, weigh scales and tags.

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The Readers of National Hog Farmer are again looking forward to the “2011 New Product Tour” Issues. Now is your chance to put focus on products/services introduced to the industry in the past year.

Over 20,000 engaged pork producers will learn more about the features and benefits that make your new product valuable.

2010 World Pork Expo New Product Showcase
Shines Spotlight on Most Promising New Products
Pork industry innovators have been busy coming up with a variety of new products to help producers save money and improve efficiency this year. National Hog Farmer is pleased to offer our readers and World Pork Expo attendees an opportunity to learn more about new products and services recently introduced to the pork industry.

A panel of pork industry experts will be taking a close look at the new products on behalf of our pork producer readers. And you can join the review process too. Come visit the National Hog Farmerbooth #623 in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines during World Pork Expo and cast your vote for the most promising new product. When you cast your vote, you are automatically entered in a daily prize drawing.

New Product Tour Nominees

In the meantime, go ahead and get a head start on the new product tour by taking a look at the new product nominations featured below. National Hog Farmer’s New Product Review Panel will share their thoughts in a special feature in the July 15 issue. And the votes cast by World Pork Expo attendees will select the “producer’s choice” new product.

SmartIR Feed Sensor
AP’s SmartIR Feed System Sensor controls all functions of a feed delivery system by using six infrared beams to detect the presence of feed. The system is not affected by changes in temperature, humidity or feed type and does not require any sensitivity adjustments. An alarm can provide notification if an out-of-feed event is occurring. The large digital display and system status LEDs are designed for easy reading. SmartIR can be adapted to nearly all new or existing feed systems.

Learn more at
www.automatedproduction.com
Call 217-226-4449 or
email apsales@automatedproduction.com.
Visit Booth No. 179 VIB


Sepcom Manure Solids Separator
Agpro introduces the Sepcom screw press-type manure solids separator to the U.S. market. The separator features a steel-reinforced polymer screw and a quick-replace, wedge wire screen. A patented outlet orifice plate requires no weights or cylinders. The use of a polymer screw against a stainless steel screen significantly extends component life and lowers maintenance challenges. Varying pitch screw and screen openings helps contribute to the ultimate in solids removal. The Sepcom Manure Solids Separator has been in use for over three years in Europe.

Learn more at
www.agprousa.com
Call 800-527-1030 or
email agpro@neto.com
Visit Booth No. 676 VIB


New Pig Plus Combination Tag
Allflex has developed an identification tag combination to help aid in easy identification as the pig grows. The new Piglet tag male is combined with the softer, more pliable Pig+ female, which is placed on the inner side of the ear. The Pig+ female panel tag allows for deep or higher application on the small ear and allows for free rotation of the two tags. The all-plastic Piglet male tag is placed on the outside of the ear and can stand up in the environment. Both pieces can be custom laser-marked at an economical price.

Learn more at
www.allflexusa.com
Call 515-708-6804 or
email pflint@allflexusa.com
Visit Booth No. 366 VIB


Sure Drop
The Sure Drop from Improved Solutions, Inc. is a new device designed to work with existing release devices on the market to open sidewall curtains to help protect pigs during overheating and power-failure events. A unique design allows the lock handle to drop, eliminating the need for a hand winch to unwind. The Sure-Drop includes a mounting panel with two fixed pulleys, the cable release device, and the moveable pulley pre-mounted on the panel. The panel is configured to work as either a left- or right-hand device.

Call 618-895-1318 or
email suredrop1@gmail.com
Visit Booth No. 607 VIB


First Step™ Feed
First Step Creep Feed helps create “eaters” prior to weaning. Designed for baby pigs from 14-25 days of age, First Step uses a unique form, proprietary palatants and specialty ingredients in order to optimize feed intake while supporting the developing immune and digestive systems. Research shows creating eaters pre-weaning helps optimize post-weaning gain.

Learn more at
www.UltraCareFeed.com
Visit Booth No. 356 – 360 VIB


Swinewater Manure Treatment System
Livestock Water Recycling has developed a pre-manufactured Manure Treatment System designed to be placed directly at the swine production site. Installation of the system eliminates the need for a manure storage lagoon. The end products of the Manure Treatment System include clean, re-usable water, dry solids and concentrated, nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Learn more at
www.livestockwaterrecycling.com
Call 403-203-4972 or
email karen.schuett@livestockwaterrecycling.com
Visit Booth No. CB 2902 at World Pork Expo Outdoor


Mi-T-M CWC-3005 Pressure Washer
The Mi-T-M CWC cold water pressure washer offers an abundance of pressure in a compact, user-friendly unit. A new, narrow roll-cage frame design will fit through any 30-in. door and provides a center eye lifting hook. This belt-drive unit features a heavy duty, low rpm, 5-gpm pump and industrial TEFC 10-hp. motor, producing 3000 psi of cleaning power. The unit rolls easily on four wheels.

Learn more at
www.washersystems.com
Call 800-433-8441 or
email wsoiegli@mchsi.com
Visit Booth No. 4012 OA


Swine Management Tool Series (SMTS)
The Swine Management Tool Series (SMTS) is a suite of software comprised of ten, fully integrated modules. The software offers farm-to-fork information traceability, wireless remote data capture solutions and superior web-designed reporting. From wean to harvest, every segment of information related to the swine live-production cycle, including technical field service data and group accounting data, can be tracked and analyzed. Planning modules allow users to forecast future market fluctuations and plan for production changes.

Learn more at
www.Mtech-Systems.com
Call 678-990-2345 or
email sales@mtech-systems.com
Visit Booth No. 553 VIB


ParaSail®
Newport Laboratories offers ParaSail®, the swine industry’s first avirulent live, single-dose vaccine for Haemophilus parasuis. Available exclusively through veterinarians, ParaSail has been proven to protect against three of the most predominant strains of H. parasuis currently circulating including serotype 4, serotype 5, and serotype 13. The USDA has approved ParaSail for use as a single-dose product with a 1- ml. intramuscular dose size for pigs aged 21 days or older.

Learn more at
www.parasailprotection.com
Call 800-220-2522 ext. 3030 or
email info@parasailprotection.com
Visit Booth No. 152 VIB


NORSVIN® LY – The Full Program
Norsvin USA introduces the NORSVIN® LY Full Program F1 breeding gilt. This parent female combines traits of the NORSVIN® Landrace with NORSVIN® Yorkshire resulting in the first NORSVIN® LYfemales for U.S. producers. Norsvin genetics provide superior productivity in both total pigs born and total weaned while achieving excellent weaning weights. Norsvin breeding stock balances outstanding structure and underlines with feed efficiency, growth and carcass quality, contributing to top market hog performance.

Learn more at
www.norsvinusa.com
Call 507-259-7604 or
email dale.hover@norsvinusa.com
Visit Booth No. 628 VIB


MaxKlor
Preserve International’s new stabilized chlorine dioxide product, MaxKlor, is a great step in water treatment for pork producers. MaxKlor is EPA registered to inactivate bacteria, viruses, protozoa and algae in watering systems for animals, and is also approved for drinking water for pigs and humans. It oxidizes minerals like iron and manganese for removal through filtration. Disinfect traditional pathogens like fecal coliform and E. Coli without creating resistance, while also killing newer, more resilient pathogens.

Learn more at
www.preserveinternational.com
Call 800-995-1607 or
email stuartheller@bellsouth.net
Visit Booth No. 506 VIB


Life Savior

SEC Repro, Inc. offers the Life Savior to help prevent piglet crushing in the farrowing crate up to six days after birth. A sensor on the Life Savior unit triggers a blower to send a stream of air between the sow’s legs when she sits, stands or moves. Piglets move out of the danger zone when hit by the air stream. The washable Life Savior can be installed in the piglet “comfort zone” with most farrowing crates.

Learn more at
www.secrepro.com
Call 450-776-0596 or
email louis@secrepro.com
Visit Booth No. 633 VIB


Sector Probe Extension

The Sector Probe Extension from SEC Repro, Inc. helps improve safety while protecting the ultrasound probe during pregnancy checking by allowing sows to be scanned from outside of the gestation crate. A 15-in. hollow, molded plastic pipe allows the Agroscan probe to be inserted inside of the crate. The Sector Probe Extension allows the user the flexibility to pregnancy check sows on either the left or right side.

Learn more at
www.secrepro.com
Call 450-776-0596 or
email louis@secrepro.com
Visit Booth No. 633 VIB


National Swine Nutrition Guide
The 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide (NSNG) is a practical publication containing 35 nutrition Factsheets with nutrient recommendations and feeding guidelines. The NSNG also comes complete with a booklet containing nutrient recommendation tables from the Factsheets, and a Diet Formulation and Evaluation CD. Producers can use the CD to formulate swine diets on a least-cost basis and to evaluate the nutritional adequacy of existing diets for sows, boars, nursery pigs, growing and finishing pigs, replacement gilts and boars.

Learn more at
www.usporkcenter.org
Call 515-294-7556 or
email drdave@iastate.edu
Visit Booth No. 150 VIB


VivaSound 16/128 Echograph
UNGAVA is introducing the portable VivaSound 16/128 Echograph to the veterinary market. The compact, battery-operated hand-held unit features a 100% digital beamformer to help provide crisp images. Its aluminum and rubber casing makes it extremely durable for daily operation under farm conditions. The unit is designed for easy connection to a personal computer. The product is also ready for real-time in vivo Intramuscular Fat (IMF) readings.

Learn more at
www.ungava-tech.com
Call +1-418-266-1077 or
email info@ungava-tech.com
Visit Booth No. 261 VIB


Ventra PRO Controller
The new and expanded Ventra PRO Controller from VAL-CO™ incorporates a hardware redesign for better field serviceability by including plug-in relays, wire rerouting for reduced electrical interference and allowing easier wiring via plug-in terminals. A software redesign offers expanded capability for tracking propane usage and providing the ability to store multiple programs on an SD card. The Ventra PRO Controller provides one-touch access to pertinent information such as daily high/low temperatures, water usage, feeder run times, etc., all in one simple menu at the touch of a button.

Learn more at
www.valcompanies.com
Call 717-354-4586 ext. 451 or
email sales@valcompanies.com
Visit Booth No. 637 VIB


PICS
PICS is an inventory control tool that helps producers save time and money by minimizing inventory shrink. Producers can receive product into the inventory, check product out to the field, add products to a simple, online ordering site and make adjustments to inventory with reason codes. The PICS has the ability to track product usage by receiving empty containers/bottles back in from the field. A handheld scanner is provided along with bar codes and necessary labels.

Learn more at
www.walcointl.com
Call 817-859-3415 or
email whitem@walcointl.com
Visit Booth No. 522 VIB


Low Stress Pig Handling for Truckers Online Training Course
The online training course, “Low Stress Pig Handling for Truckers” uses real-life video depicting the process of loading and unloading pot-bellied semi trailers as a teaching tool to help truckers learn about practical pig-handling skills. This training is designed to help truckers move stock more easily while maintaining the value of the animals being transported. Poor animal handling can cost pork producers millions of dollars every year through death, trim and meat-quality losses.

Learn more at
www.dnlfarmstraining.com
Call 306-276-5761 or
email dnlfarms@xplornet.com
Visit Booth No. 3018 CB


Key Dollar Separators
Key Dollar separators use two ½ hp. motors, are self-cleaning and use their own water, no fresh water is required. The separators hold up well and can produce water for pigs from the waste water with a little help and treatment. A standard roll press is used for composting or bedding. Five models are available to fit producer needs.

Learn more at
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NEW PRODUCT NOMINATION FORM

World Pork Expo New Product Tour
Nomination Form

Cost of Entry: $750
Deadline for entries: April 8, 2011

Nominate your new product for the 2011 New Product Tour and take advantage of this special offer to increase your exposure:
• Place an ad on Pork Industry Express at half price – your cost: $150; valued at: $300
• National Hog Farmer TV – Supply a video to National Hog Farmer and we will post it on our Web site for one month, your cost: $200
Call for questions: 952-851-4605 or debbie.weinhold@penton.com

1. Company Name
2. Company Address
3. City
4. State
5. Zip code
6. Company Phone
7. Booth Number
8. Web site address
9. Trade name of product
10. Name and phone number of contact person
12. Email
13. Phone

14. Attach separately…a brief description of the product including why it is important to pork producers. You may include a sales brochure, copy of an ad and photos. Send 6 copies of the entry form, product description, photo and any other material to:

Debbie Weinhold
NATIONAL HOG FARMER
7900 International Drive, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55425
952-851-4605

Or, send your nomination form, product description and hi-res images electronically to: debbie.weinhold@penton.com

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Dec 30, 2009 12:47 PM

A new Iowa State University (ISU) Extension publication can help farmers track their energy use and compare their usage and costs for various energy sources. “Tracking the Energy Use on Your Farm” is available to download from the Extension Online Store.

The publication includes an energy log that can be downloaded for use with Microsoft Excel or printed and completed by hand, says Jane Flammang, ISU Extension program coordinator for the new statewide Farm Energy Conservation and Efficiency educational initiative. Farmers can use the log to track total on-farm energy use, including electricity, diesel fuel, gasoline, propane or natural gas. The Excel spreadsheet will automatically calculate a farmer’s per-unit cost and the total energy cost month to month throughout the year.

This publication is part of a series of materials designed to increase farmer awareness of methods to improve efficient use of energy and help them explore alternatives to reduce farm energy demand and improve overall profitability.

The ISU effort is made possible by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center.

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chicagotribune.com / By Janet Mendel, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Jabugo, Andalusia, Spain — Walking into the central plaza of the small town of Jabugo, you breathe in the aroma of ibérico ham, a sweet-nutty smell so intense it’s as if it emanates from the very walls of the houses. This is the source — where ibérico pigs roam through forests of wild oak and scrabble for acorns and where their meat is converted into what many have declared the best ham in the world.

Jabugo, a town nestled in the Sierra de Aracena in southwestern Andalusia, is a name with almost mythic meaning, far out of proportion to the town’s size. That’s because Jabugo is synonymous with great ham. In a region where every little town seems to have a few butcher shops selling ibérico ham, those from Jabugo stand out. And for the first time, that ham will be available in the United States before the end of the year.

The town is famous for its hams primarily because of the Sánchez Romero Carvajal company, established there in 1879 and now owned by the multinational Osborne Group, makers of fine sherry. The company’s hams with the 5J or “Cinco Jotas” label will be available in the United States. The first to arrive probably will be paletas, or shoulder hams from the front legs, because they require a shorter curing period than hams from the rear legs. Regular hams will follow, and the anticipation is growing already.

Ibérico pigs from outside Jabugo were first imported into the United States in 2008, all from the slaughterhouse and curing sheds of Fermin, still the only Spanish company to meet U.S. regulations for meat slaughtering. Now Sánchez Romero Carvajal is partnering with Fermin so that the prestigious Jabugo hams with the 5J brand can be processed through that plant.

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Recipes: Scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms and ham (revuelto de setas y jamon) and double-mashed potatoes (patatas revolconas).

Ham lovers quickly snatched up those first ibéricos despite starting prices of more than $1,400 for a 16-pound whole, bone-in ham. The first Jabugo hams will go even higher. One website already advertises a pre-order special of $1,795 for a 5J ham.

Ibérico designates a breed of pig — more about that later. The next important bit of label lingo is bellota, which means “acorn,” and it is applied only to hams made from free-range ibérico pigs that were fattened on acorns. Ibérico bellota hams are the crème de la crème, and those from Jabugo are the most treasured of all.

Ibérico-breed pigs, descended from the wild boar that once roamed Mediterranean lands, are the color of the dark stones that are stacked into low walls dividing up pastures. Many — but not all — have black hoofs, thus the popular name, pata negra, or “black foot.” They are built like barrels on slim legs. Big ears tip forward like a baseball cap to shade their eyes from fierce sun. They have long snouts, the better for rooting, and slim legs and ankles, the better for foraging over distances.

What distinguishes this breed from regular porkers (such as Large White, Landrace and Duroc) is that they are very slow to mature, never reaching the size of hogs destined to be pork chops. The ibérico breed, adapted to its habitat, has the unusual characteristic of storing fat marbled within the muscle, rather than wrapped around the outside. This makes it less profitable as a meat producer but makes for superior ham, as the fat is essential to its flavor. The breed might have disappeared had it not been so well adapted to its rustic habitat, providing the people of the region a sustainable rural culture based around the pig.

The dehesa, where the ibérico originates, is a unique ecosystem of rolling meadowland interspersed with stands of wild holm and cork oak that exists in the western reaches of Spain. From October to February — the fattening period called the montanera — the pigs range freely through the dehesa, feeding on fallen acorns, grass, roots, bulbs, herbs. Each hog eats about 18 pounds of acorns every day, doubling its weight during the three- to four-month period before slaughter. A pig needs 15 pounds of acorns to gain 1 pound of weight.

The pigs are able to crack the acorns, discarding the shells, to get at the kernel. The acorns are rich in oleic acid, the same found in olive oil, which makes the hams high in monounsaturated fat. That’s why acorn-fattened ibérico pigs are sometimes called an “olive tree on four legs.”

At the end of the montanera, when the pigs reach optimum weight of 350 to 400 pounds at 12 to 18 months of age, they are trucked to a matadero, or slaughterhouse and processing plant.

Butchers carve off the hams (hind legs) and paletas (front legs), both of which are cured. They separate enormous slabs of fat, which will be melted down to lard. The belly bacon, panceta, is salted down for keeping. Workers separate other parts to be sold as fresh meat or be ground up for sausage. (Ibérico sausages also are available in the U.S.)

The hams are then sent to expert perfiladores, men who sculpt the hams, removing skin and all but about 1 inch of fat covering. Hams are incised with a long V, while paletas are marked with a U. Hoofs are kept intact, except for those being exported to the United States.

Next, the hams and paletas are packed, one by one, in sea salt (with a very small amount of nitrate and nitrite, used in almost all hams and sausages, to prevent bacterial growth and oxidation) where they stay 10 to 12 days, depending on their weight.

The hams then are brushed free of salt and washed in clear water. They spend about 45 days in a cold locker, where the temperature is very gradually raised and the humidity lowered. This controlled stabilization period allows the hams to be processed with less time in salt than in bygone days, when the drying process was dependent on the seasonal change from winter to spring weather.

Then the hams are hung, one by one, in a secadero, or drying hall, situated high in the eaves of the processing plants. Slatted shutters keep out the sun and let in air. Hams hang there throughout the summer, “sweating” during hot weather as the unsaturated fat liquefies slightly, bathing the meat in the nutty flavor derived from the acorn diet. Enzymes begin the process of turning meat into cured ham.

At the end of the summer the hams are transferred to the bodega, a dim cellar with thick walls where humidity encourages the growth of flor, a mold that contributes to the curing process. Like fine wine and cheese, hams mature and develop flavor and complex bouquet during this aging process that lasts 12 months or more. The whole process takes 21/2 to three years. During that time, the leg of pork loses almost a third of its weight.

In Spain, ibérico ham is served on its own, the better to appreciate its aroma, flavor and texture. Plain bread or toast with olive oil may accompany the ham, which is cut in translucently thin slices. Each slice has a rim of fat and is streaked with fat. The flesh is rosy-red, the fat creamy white.

There’s a reason for slicing it thinly, says Miguel Ullibarri, former director of Real Ibérico, a consortium of ibérico ham producers, and now a director of A Taste of Spain, a tour company specializing in food and wine tours. “If you put a thick piece in your mouth, the instinct is to immediately start chewing. You should pick up the ham with your fingers to warm it slightly, then allow the ham to temper on the tongue. The fat begins to melt, liberating the aroma and flavor.”

Once warmed on the tongue and gently chewed, the ham nearly melts, flooding the mouth and nose with flavor. It is the most umami of foods. It has “mouth-feel,” succulence, aroma and flavor on the tongue, plus that special quality that comes as taste and aroma mingle. It is sweet, nutty, subtly earthy. Amazingly, unsalty.

Maybe even better than the best ham in the world.

KNOW YOUR HAM:

Jamón Serrano. Cured ham made anywhere in Spain from cross-breed pigs, such as Duroc, Large White.

Jamón Ibérico. Cured ham made from ibérico breed pigs raised in the dehesa forests in southwestern Andalusia, Extremadura and western Castille.

Ibérico or Ibérico de Recebo. Designates ham from ibérico pigs finished on pig feed and grain, not acorns.

Ibérico de Bellota. Designates ham from ibérico pigs fattened on acorns.

Ibérico de Jabugo. Acorn-fed ibérico pigs from the town of Jabugo.

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RALEIGH – State environmental officials today ordered a Beaufort County hog farm to prepare a detailed odor management plan, in the first regulatory action taken under North Carolina’s new rules for controlling odors from animal operations.

The N.C. Division of Air Quality (DAQ) notified Vanguard Farms that it must prepare a “best management plan” for controlling objectionable odors at its hog operation near Chocowinity, about 10 miles south of Washington, N.C. A best management plan, or BMP, is a detailed description of measures for controlling odors.

“Hopefully, this management plan will help Vanguard Farms identify ways to correct its odor problems,” said Keith Overcash, DAQ deputy director. “We are optimistic that the farm can carry out low-cost measures to address these odor problems.”

Under the state odor rules, requiring a BMP is the first regulatory action the DAQ can take after determining that a facility has caused objectionable odors. If the odor problems persist, the DAQ eventually could require the farm to install control equipment, such as lagoon covers or “wash walls” that filter odors from barn ventilation systems.

The DAQ took action in the Vanguard case based on observations by air quality inspectors after receiving numerous complaints from nearby residents. Under the action, Vanguard must submit a BMP to the state within 90 days, and the DAQ has 90 more days to approve the plan. After approval, the farm would have 30 days to come into compliance with the plan. The DAQ can fine facilities up to $10,000 per violation for failing to comply with the rules.

The N.C. Environmental Management Commission (EMC) adopted temporary odor rules in 1999 under a directive from the General Assembly, with permanent rules scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2000. The rules apply to animal operations using liquid waste-treatment systems, such as lagoons and sprayfields. Regulated facilities must contain at least 250 hogs, 100 cattle, 75 horses, 1,000 sheep, or 30,000 chickens or turkeys.

DAQ enforces the rules, which aim to reduce objectionable odors beyond the boundaries of animal operations, phased-in by increasing levels of control. As a first step, all animal operations that meet the size thresholds and use liquid waste systems must comply with a list of required management practices. For example, farms should not operate sprayfields when winds could cause wastewater to drift onto neighboring properties.

As a second step, the DAQ requires farms to prepare best management plans at all new or modified animal operations and existing facilities that the division determines are causing objectionable odors. If objectionable odors persist, the DAQ can require facilities to submit modified plans and install odor-control equipment, such as lagoon covers or air filtration systems for barns.

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