Rob and Char Brenneman have built one of the largest family-owned swine operations in the U.S. from scratch.
A verdict last week in a nuisance lawsuit in North Carolina against the pork production division of Smithfield Foods has shocked and scared hog farmers in the Midwest.
You can always count on Bill Prestage, 82, to tell it like it is. The day we sat down for this interview in his Clinton, North Carolina, office, the hog futures market was limit down, due mainly to China’s retaliatory tariffs on pork. Family-owned Prestage Farms, 35 years in business, is the sixth largest pork producer in the U.S., with 175,000 sows, and a vertically integrated turkey producer. The company will open a new pork packing plant near Eagle Grove, Iowa, later this year.
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According to Smithfield representatives, the company will pay China’s new retaliatory tariff on pork, too.
This barn may have been the longest continuously-run farrowing house in America.
Technology presents amazing opportunities for farmers. Blockchain, for example, is moving very rapidly and already impacting the meat industry.
Scientists at the gene-editing company Recombinetics have developed a precision breeding method resulting in male piglets that remain in a prepubertal state, thus, ending the need for castration.
Trade, technology, health, and labor are top of mind for pork producers in 2018.
Sell the rallies! Let you wife do the marketing! Listen up, farmers.
With more than $.5 billion in hand, Wall Street investor Tad Gordon and feed specialist Dennis Harms created the biggest pig complex the U.S. had ever seen.