Austin Pork Processor Disciplines 2 Employees After Undercover Video ReleasedAn animal welfare group has released an undercover video that it says shows cruel treatment of pigs at a Minnesota slaughterhouse that supplies Hormel Foods Corp.
A Minn. State Fair Tradition: The 'Miracle Of Birth Center' ReturnsThe Minnesota State Fair is all about tradition. Every year, you probably have Sweet Martha's Cookies, the cheese curds and swing by the Miracle of Birth Center, which is one of the most popular attractions at the Fair.
Judge Rejects Farm Groups' Lawsuit To Keep EPA Data PrivateA federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by two major farm groups that sought to block the release of data on large livestock farms in Minnesota and Iowa.
Pork Prices Dropping As Hogs Recover From VirusPork prices are going down. They had skyrocketed about a year and a half ago when a virus hit the hog population hard, killing millions nationwide. The Minnesota Pork Producers Association said farmers lost 7 percent to 8 percent of their herd.
Minn. Pork Producers Brace For Winter After Last Year's Deadly Piglet VirusMinnesota pork producers have had to adjust after a deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus killed seven million piglets. To ward off the disease, farmers have boosted the animals' diets, resulting in hogs that weigh about 215 pounds.
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USDA Orders Farms To Report Pig Virus InfectionsFarms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. The disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices. Farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known about how it spreads and there is not yet a federally approved vaccine.
Supervalu Pressures Farmers To End Use Of Pig PensOne of the country's largest grocery companies is joining others who are pressuring pork suppliers to stop using restrictive gestation crates for their pigs. Supervalu says it will require reports from its suppliers on their progress in producing pork without the use of the individual stalls that are too narrow for a pregnant pig to turn around.
Virus Kills 7,000 Minn. Pigs An illness that only affects pigs is making its way across the Midwest, including here in Minnesota. The Porcine Epidemic Virus (P.E.D.) killed more than 7,000 pigs at a facility near Good Thunder last December. Pork producers say newborn piglets are most susceptible, and it's always fatal. The virus’ devastation cost the facility about $500,000.
Undercover Video Shows Alleged Mistreatment Of Minn. PigsA California-based animal rights group is calling on Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, to stop buying pork from a Minnesota producer. Mercy For Animals went undercover at a hog farm in Pipestone and recorded gruesome images they say proves their point.
About 1,000 Pigs Died In Eastern Iowa Blaze Authorities say about 1,000 pigs died in a fire at an eastern Iowa hog containment operation.
150-Plus Pigs Killed In South Minn. Barn FireApproximately 180 pigs have been killed in a Conger, Minn. barn fire Tuesday morning.