Illinois Swine Commentaries

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Doug MacDougald from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, PED pelleting

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) continues to be a problem in both the USA and Canada. PEDV elimination projects routinely make use of supplemental heat as a means of enhancing virus neutralization. Because of this heat sensitivity, these US researchers hypothesized that a steam conditioner and pellet mill that mimicked traditional commercial thermal processing could

Weekly Market Livestock Update with Scott Brown, April 16th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Cash hog prices are down a little more than $1.50 this week. However, current lean hog futures contracts gained nearly $4.00 on strong moves up in the latter part of the week. Pork cutout value lost $3.30 on weakness primarily in

Our strategy for eliminating M. hyo from breed-to-wean herds By Attila Farkas, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

By Attila Farkas, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois Read more articles on Pig Health Today https://pighealthtoday.com/ Many pork producers still struggle with Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (M. hyo) in their herds. The pathogen remains one of the prevailing causes of enzootic pneumonia. Even though it’s primarily a chronic respiratory disease of growers, M. hyo can

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Update, April 2nd 2018

ome highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Fed cattle are down $5.00 for the week. Feeder cattle are $3.00 to $6.00 lower on a light test. Live cattle futures are down $3.00 on the week, primarily on Thursday’s weakness and feeder cattle futures are down $2.00. Choice beef

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, March 26th 2018

  Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Cash hog prices are down $2.00 for the week, while lean hog futures dropped $7.00 as trade talks continue to make for uncertain markets. The pork cutout value dropped $2.00 again this week. With weakness in both ham and belly

Strep Control, Dr. Emily McDowell from the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic

Streptococcus suis (commonly known as strep) is a very common bacterial agent present in all pigs. S. suis gets into the pigs’ bloodstream and then affects pigs throughout their entire body. Classic clinical signs of S. suis include fever, meningitis (walking without coordination and paddling while lying on its side), swollen joints, pneumonia/coughing, and sudden

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Global Market Prices, March 6th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   Global Market Prices This week we wish to look at some of the Global Market Prices. China Hog prices are still quite strong and quite profitable at 14.26 RMB/kg liveweight ($1.04 US/lb liveweight). Though there is much written about large scale new sow projects in China, the

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, March 1st 2018

Major Spike in Lean Hog Futures Volume By Dennis Smith   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday March 1, 2018   LEAN HOGS: Hog futures collapsed on Wednesday on a major spike in volume of trade reported at 71,600 contracts. This marks the largest volume trade since the highs were posted in January. Open

Weekly Livestock Update with Scott Brown, February 27th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – Cash hog markets are $2.00 lower for the week while nearby lean hog futures have closed about $3.00 higher this week. The pork cutout value gained $1.67 this week on stronger ham and belly prices. The pork cutout value is now 4.5% below

CIH Hedging Hog Market Watch from Chip Whalen, February 19th 2018

Margins continued to deteriorate sharply since the end of January due to an ongoing combination of lower hog prices and higher feed costs. Hog prices have retreated recently with weakness in pork cutout values and uncertainty over near-term demand. While exports continue to hold up quite well, we are moving into a seasonal period when

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