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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Even during a global pandemic, swine experts at Kansas State University are committed to making research a cornerstone of their program.

This year’s annual K-State Swine Day – scheduled Nov. 18-19 – will be held online only but they’re promising a program chock-full of research presentations just like year’s past.

“Due to increasing concerns around the evolving Covid-19 situation and standing by our commitment to the safety of our participants, volunteers and partners as our top priority, we’ve made the decision to transition this year’s Swine Day to an online format,” said Mike Tokach, University Distinguished Professor and swine specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Registration is now available at KSUSwine.org and is free through Nov. 11. More information also is available online from the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Tokach said the online program includes a series of 15- to 20-minute presentations beginning at 10 a.m. each day and focusing on swine nutrition, feed safety and feed processing.

The agenda includes:

November 18 

  • Feeding sows immediately before farrowing.
  • Minimizing disruption in nutrient intake after weaning.
  • Preparing for a world without zinc oxide.
  • Current K-State swine nutrition and management research.
  • Understanding and influencing pig body weight variation.

November 19 

  • Feed Safety, including feed mill biosecurity and research findings.
  • Feed processing, including sessions on corn particle size, pellet quality and amino acid digestibility.

For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

The quarterly hogs and pigs report released by the USDA showed that in the third quarter of 2020 the US hog inventory was up 1% vs. year ago levels.

According to USDA the US inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2020 was 79.1 million head. This was up 1% from September 1, 2019, but down 1% from June 1, 2020. Breeding inventory, at 6.33 million head, was down 2% from last year, but up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 72.8 million head, was up 1% percent from last year, but down 1% from last quarter. The June-August 2020 pig crop, at 35.1 million head, was down 3% from 2019. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.18 million head, down 3% from 2019. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.04 for the June-August period, compared to 11.11 last year.

US hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow during the September-November 2020 quarter, down 5% from the actual farrowings during the same period one year earlier, and down 3% from the same period two years earlier. Intended farrowings for December 2020-February 2021, at 3.11 million sows, are down 1%
from the same period one year earlier, but up slightly from the same period two years earlier.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47% of the total United States hog inventory, down 1% from the previous year.

Darrell Holaday, Country Futures, believes there is some discrepancy between the USDA data and the cash hog market. Cash hogs continue to move higher which doesn’t line up with a larger supply as the data indicates.