Category Archives: Swine

African Swine Fever outbreak could devastate US swine herd

By Joe Paschal African Swine Fever (ASF as it is commonly referred to) has been in the news recently as a result of an outbreak in China. It is a major health threat to swine production in many countries, but fortunately it is not in the United States. ASF is a highly contagious viral disease that causes death in domestic and wild pigs of all ages. Symptoms include high fever, decreased appetite and weakness, red, blotchy skin or skin lesions; diarrhea and vomiting; and coughing and difficulty in… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Demystifying soft bellies

By Jeff Savell and Kerri Gehring Quality is a point of discussion, and sometimes debate, in the pork industry. Like beauty, quality sometimes lies in the eyes of the beholder and may differ between the producer, processor and consumer. Quality of lean typically relates to muscle color, texture/firmness, marbling, pH, overall functionality, tenderness and flavor. Attributes that are associated with fat quality frequently include color, texture, firmness, oxidative stability, odor and flavor. Both lean and fat quality are important to the success of the pork industry. Fat quality… Read More →

State makes top 10 in various agricultural areas

BY JOE PASCHAL Recently I was asked to participate in an educational program initiated by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension called “Path to the Plate.” The purpose is to educate our consumers about agricultural products – fibers, grains, vegetables and animal proteins, about where their food comes from and how it is produced. It might seem that most folks should already know where their food comes from but unfortunately most do not. Not only do they not know where it comes from, they have no idea of the value… Read More →