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Think Pork For Holiday Gift Giving!
The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate and show off your product than with a gift of pork! Put a "pork basket" together yourself, or take advantage of "ready to go" gift packages such as those available from SVC clients listed below...just a few clicks on the Internet or a phone call, and you're done!

Reicks View Farms in Lawler, Iowa:

Compart Family Farms in Nicollet, Minnesota:

Prairie Pride Farm in Mankato, Minnesota:

Tollefson Family Pork, Minnesota:
www.tollefsonfamilypork.com (check website for retail locations)

Pork Gift Certificates are another alternative available from the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. Call 507-345-8814 to get yours in time for gift-giving. They're a great idea for teachers, barbers/stylists, delivery people and others that you'd like to thank with a special gift!

USDA to Pay for SECD Testing When Submissions Include Valid PIN
Effective DECEMBER 15, 2014, the USDA will pay for Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease testing only when valid Premise Identification Numbers are included with the lab submission.

National Swine Health Monitoring Project Update
More weeks have passed and still it appears as though PRRS and PED are remaining relatively quiet, as reported by the National Swine Health Monitoring Project. This project began about 3 years ago and was the framework for SVC's Dr. Steve Tousignant's PhD thesis. As he wraps up his studies at the University of Minnesota, this project has contin- ued to grow and now represents about 2 million sows on 738 farms, or nearly one half of the United States sow herd.

Low Fat Diets - 'Probably not a Good Idea'
...so concedes Alice Lichtenstein, the top scientist in charge of guiding the U.S. government's nutrition recommendations. Admittedly, the basic principle behind the last 35 years of official American nutrition advice is a failure as evidenced by the increased rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the U.S. population today. Nina Teicholz is an investigative journalist and author of a book titled "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet". Nina reports that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the USDA and the Dept. of Health and Human Services every 5 years, profoundly influence the kinds of foods that Americans produce and consume. Since 1980 we have been urged to cut back on fat (especially saturated fat found primarily in animal derived foods) and told that 60% of our calories should come from carbohydrate - rich foods such as pasta, bread, fruit and potatoes...and rates of obesity in the U.S. started to climb at about the same time. However by 2000, studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed that a low - fat diet neither improved health or resulted in weight loss. Despite the Dietary Guidelines Committee having steered away from advocating a low - fat diet and actually having stopped mentioning daily dietary fat limits in 2010, the majority of Americans are still under the impression that they should try to avoid fat in their diets...largely because the USDA hasn't publicized the changes.

Congratulations to these SVC Clients!
Erin Brenneman, farrowing manager of Brenneman Pork in southeast Iowa and daughter-in-law of owners Rob and Char Brenneman, was recently selected by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) as 1 of 5 winners of the next "Faces of Farming & Ranching" program which is a nationwide effort to "help put a real face on agriculture and shine a light on the heart, personalities and values that are behind today's food". USFRA looks for exceptional farmers and ranchers who take pride in what they do and want to share their stories with others...including consumers and the media. Erin oversees > 20,000 sows on 3 sites (one in Iowa and two in Missouri). Her blog is widely read and a testament to her passion for family, farming and her career in the swine industry. http://www.porknetwork.com/users/erinbrenneman (Source: USFRA)

Amy Fogarty, supervising farrowing manager of Reicks View Farms in northeast Iowa, was selected as 1 of 5 recipients of the 2014 Honoring Caregivers awards. 5 caregivers were selected from 140 nominees. This Zoetis-sponsored program recognizes pig caregivers who go "above and beyond", are positive contributors to on-farm practices and are dedicated to the pork industry. Nominees were rated in categories of proper treatment, disease prevention and pig handling. Amy leads the implementation of Reicks View Farms' animal welfare policy, focusing on putting the pig first and ensuring its care.