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Researchers: Trapping, not hunting, best way to control wild hogs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Mississippians enjoy the sport of hunting wild pigs, but trapping is a better way to control the rapidly growing population that is destroying forests, damaging agricultural resources and threatening native wildlife in the state. “Population studies by scientists show that hunting only removes about 25 percent of the population on average,” said Bill Hamrick, a wildlife ...

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Farmers see weaker market prices for agronomic crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI —  Mississippi’s top two agricultural commodities — poultry and forestry — maintained their strength in 2013, but most agronomic crop values took a hit from significantly lower prices than those earned in 2012. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said agronomic crop prices were a major drag in the state’s total agricultural ...

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New partnership unveiled for swine-related research

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is partnering with Prestage Farms Inc. as its researchers prepare to resume swine-related studies. The result has been the installation of feeders, a new watering system, a feed auger system to move feed to the pigs as needed and ventilation curtains that open and close automatically to control the temperature in the facility. Mark Crenshaw ...

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Hog farmers continue to see obstacles, but market improving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Swine producers are discovering the only constant in their industry is change. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said a variety of challenges have kept the state’s swine producers adjusting their strategies to avoid financial losses in recent decades. Just when producers adjust to overcome one hurdle, another one develops to ...

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Report: Numerous meat-processing plants unsanitary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that more than two dozen Mississippi slaughterhouses and poultry meat processing plants have violated sanitation or food safety guidelines over the past decade — and most did both. The newspaper analyzed records from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service database of enforcement action against federally inspected facilities. It says that 50 such facilities ...

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Slaughterhouse official responds to PETA video

PONTOTOC — The president of a north Mississippi meat processor said a video released by an animal rights group shows two instances in which pigs were not stunned properly before slaughter. Southern Quality Meats president Don Haynie said in a news release that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did not give his company a copy of the video ...

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USDA sends personnel to check out slaughterhouse

PONTOTOC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it sent employees to a north Mississippi slaughterhouse today to check a complaint that pigs were abused before being killed. Richard McIntire, spokesman for the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service, told The Clarion-Ledger that the service’s veterinary specialists and office staff went to Southern Quality Meats, in Pontotoc, “to begin review ...

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Livestock auction sets new records, passes $5M milestone

JACKSON — After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction. Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were sold by the head instead ...

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Drought shrinking ranchers' profits; consumers to feel impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will be the most impacted, both ...

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