2020

A Benchmark Welcome

A Benchmark Welcome

Through the Looking Glass: Past~Present~Future. We know that knowledge of the past helps us today and leads us to be better in the future. Today, the swine industry is fighting a global battle after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the prevention or rebuilding after African Swine Fever (ASF) and other swine diseases.


2020

Technology Opportunities PigCHAMP’s Perspective

Over the years, there have been many changes on how swine operations obtain knowledge of their herd’s performance, as well as the resources used for production management. In the past, sow data was saved on input tablets, small pocket notebooks, and large devices that were carried in the barn.


2020

Should Swine Producers Care About Marketing

In ancient times, the first marketing pieces were very likely to have been food related and painted on a wall, directing where travelers could go to get a good meal. In days gone by, marketing was by one-way communication and targeted, getting a specific message out to the audience. Today, more than ever, marketing includes two-way communication on multiple media platforms, exposing messages to a large variety of global consumers.


2020

Big Pig Data is Changing the Industry Insights from Inside

It’s a new scenario for pig production because of two major factors, African Swine Fever (ASF) and Covid-19. Market prices are volatile, knowing how global prices will evolve will not be easy to predict.


2020

Looking at the Past and Trying to Predict the Future of Feed

Most rural acreages were single-family farms that raised multiple grain crops and different livestock species. Feed manufacturing consisted of local feed mills where a farmer would purchase crop and livestock needs, as well as a hub (coffee shop) for discussions concerning crops, weather and markets. Many different types of feed were bagged, allowing the farmer to purchase products to be further manufactured on their farm. Bulk ingredient needs, such as protein supplements were delivered by the mill’s feed truck to the farm. A typical livestock ration consisted of whole or ground corn mixed with a protein supplement supplied by the mill.


2020

Weathering the Storm

Raising pigs for food began over 9,000 years ago, yet the biological fundamentals have not dramatically changed.


2020

Breeding Goals and Technologies

The landscape of genetic suppliers has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. There are many reasons behind these changes, but perhaps those that come to the top are:


2020

US 2019 YEAR END SUMMARY

Total number of farms: 365


2020

The Evolution of Swine Artificial Insemination

The use of artificial insemination (AI) in livestock has been utilized for nearly a thousand years. Records suggest that Arab Chieftains experimented with AI on horses as early as 1322.


2020

The Twists and Turns of the Food Animal Industry

Having started in the swine industry at a very young age, I have seen many changes over the years. Growing up on a mid-sized diversified farm, in southwest Iowa in the 1970s, I was exposed to the “traditional ways” of utilizing farm animals to provide for our family.


2020

How Feeding Gestation of Sows is Evolving

It is interesting when we stop and look back how dramatically practices have changed in pork production management. This is also true in how we house and feed gestation sows. Many issues play a role in this “evolution” of production practices, including nutritional and genetic technology and improvements in equipment and facility designs.


2020

Technology Creates the Best Environment

For many of us, technology plays an active role in our daily lives much like the modern swine producer. While technology hasn’t always been in our swine barns, as our industry has developed over the years, producers have learned to use technology as a tool to be more productive and efficient.


2020

Swine Nutrition Advancements Reducing Environmental Impacts

Significant strides have been made over the past 40 years to improve and reduce the environmental impact of swine production. The environmental footprint of swine production is at an all-time low and through a combination of sound science and dedicated pork producers, the future impact will be further reduced. This article will highlight the past, present, and future of many of the major factors which have positively contributed to reducing the environmental impact of swine production. Although there are many more, this article will focus on swine nutrition advancements in technology and precision formulation.


2020

Genetics Breed Success for Pork Industry

In the age of smartphones and smart homes, the pace of change can leave you dumbstruck, so it is of little surprise that swine genetics has made substantial progress over the last 50 years. Where it started, and where it stands today, may offer some enticing clues on where we go from here.


2019

Welcome to Benchmark 2019

Welcome to Benchmark 2019

It’s a small world. The 2019 issue of Benchmark features articles on the day in the life of swine producers around the world.


2019

A Day In the Life

Thousands of miles separate swine producers across the world. As you travel from country to country, you notice differences of geography, languages and customs, but what about swine production practices? We thought it would be interesting to hear from several swine producers pertaining to: What’s a typical day like, setting goals, motivation, etc. Read their stories and hear about “A Day in the Life”.


2019

Never Stop Improving: Genetic Improvement in the Pig Industry

The domestication from the wild boar to the domestic pig centuries ago was the onset of genetic improvement in pigs. Since then, different breeds and lines have been developed.

2019

Sick of Disease? Genetics Can Help.

If you think a sick child is a handful, how about a 300 kg sow with a fever? From lost production to treatment expenses, pig health problems can be hazardous to your financial health. Fortunately, when a problem persists in the pork industry these days, the solution might be found in your favorite pair of genes.


2019

Genes Help Scientists Get Selective

Given that none of us would be here without them, genes are very important. As technology continues to advance at lightning speed, scientists are learning more about genes and how to harness their power for selective breeding. The idea sparks a variety of burning questions, but perhaps the most fundamental one can be simply stated: What IS selective breeding?


2019

Selecting the Best Pig

The swine industry faces many challenges, such as implementing loose sow housing, reducing antibiotic use and contending with labor shortages. In light of these challenges, providing producers with a pig that is self-sufficient throughout its life will be a vital role for genetic suppliers.