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Capturing relative phenotypes to help us understand boar fertility

Amanda Minton, Associate Director of Reproductive Technology at Acuity Swine and Karl Kerns, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, discuss capturing relative phenotypes to help us understand and ultimately improve boar fertility.

R&D: Understanding index distribution and accountability in competitive comparison

Justin Fix, Director of Business Development and Genetic Improvement with Acuity and Caleb Shull, Director of Research at The Maschhoffs discuss how genetic evaluation varies from nucleus to commercial production and how that variation creates a bias in data analysis.

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Jennifer Daniels, 2023 Pork Producer of the Year

Meeting Jennifer Daniels for the first time, it’s her lucky pig earrings that initially stand out. “The earrings were gifts to me from a couple of girls who I call my grandchildren,” says Daniels, noting that the girls are actually no kin to her. “They knew how much I love pigs, and I am happy that the earrings are the first thing people see when they meet me.” But the earrings are not the most enduring thing people remember about the NC Pork Council’s 2023 Outstanding Pork Producer of the Year. It’s her infectious enthusiasm that stands out regarding all aspects of her life, including her outstanding contributions to the pork industry.Read More

Pork shortage looms in the Philippines due to ASF

A possible shortage of local pork supply looms in June amid the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the country, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) warned yesterday. During the Price and Volume Watch for Livestock and Poultry Meeting in Quezon City, National Livestock Program director Ruth Miclat-Sonaco said there will be a pork supply shortage of 46,104 metric tons in June compared to the demand of 145,849 MT. Miclat-Sonaco said the shortage in June is projected to last at least 39 days. But as early as next month, the country is projected to experience a possible deficiency in pork supply of at least 11 days or a shortfall of at least 56,180 MT of pork, she showed in her presentation.Read More

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Appoints Jean Claude Chevez to Lead U.S. Swine and Poultry Business

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. announced today the appointment of Jean Claude Chevez, DVM as the new Executive Director of the U.S. Swine and Poultry Businesses. “Health is always top-of-mind for livestock producers, and I am excited to lead the U.S. Swine and Poultry Businesses as we work to deliver innovative animal health solutions to our customers,” said Jean Claude Chevez, Executive Director of the U.S. Swine and Poultry Businesses at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. Chevez is a 20-year veteran of Boehringer Ingelheim. He has served as Associate Director of the Animal Health Business for Central America and the Caribbean, leading the Pets and Livestock Businesses, since 2020. Previously, he led the company’s Swine and Avian Businesses in Mexico and has held several technical roles across livestock species. Chevez earned his degree in veterinary medicine from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and worked as a production manager in both the Read More

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