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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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Pork industry sees Prop 12 enforcement hurting pig farmers, consumers and animal health

The pork industry says the U.S. Supreme Court’s split decision to uphold California’s Proposition 12 law that regulates space given to breeding pigs and their offspring will create hardships for both pork producers and consumers, as well as possibly having a negative impact on animal health. Proposition 12 is a voter-enacted law that considers confinement of pigs "cruel" if it prevents a pig from "lying down, standing up, fully extending (its) limbs or turning around freely." California voters approved an initiated measure proposing the law in 2018 with 63% of the vote.Read More


“We are thrilled to have Bayleigh join our team as she continues her education in agricultural communications,” says Cheryl Day, OPC Executive Vice President. “We know that she will be an asset to our team in helping to serve our state’s producers as we help to tell the positive story of Ohio’s pig farmers to today’s consumers.” Bayleigh comes to Ohio Pork Council from Plain City, Ohio, where she was an active member of 4-H and FFA, and where her passion for agricultural communications blossomed. Miller, who grew up showing dairy feeders and market hogs at her county fair, is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of Ohio’s pork industry by working closely with the state’s producers so that she is better prepared to share their story to consumers about how their food is raised.Read More


On behalf of all the state’s pork producers, the Ohio Pork Council (OPC) is again partnering with a community-based nonprofit to further demonstrate how much its members are dedicated to bringing high-quality, nutrient-dense protein to those in need. OPC is donating $2,500 to New Day Ministries, based in Bucyrus, Ohio, to be used to purchase pork, which will be distributed to those in the area who rely on the organization’s services to receive much-needed nutritional assistance. “This donation from the Ohio Pork Council allows us to continue to supply the community and our clients with fresh, nutritious food,” said Kaden Thomas, executive director for New Day Ministries in Bucyrus, Ohio. “We strive to provide nutritious food to our community, and this will help us achieve that goal.”Read More

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