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Weekly Livestock Update with Scott Brown, February 12th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – Cash hogs for the week were up 65 cents. The pork cutout value was down $4.16 for the week – led by 17 cent lower belly prices for this week, ham prices were down a nickel. The pork cutout value now rests 8%

Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bay by Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

Read more articles on Pig Health Today https://pighealthtoday.com/ by Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois The cause of stillborns in pig production varies widely, but it’s often connected to sow parity or infectious disease. Either way, stillborns are costly and need to be minimized for profitable, efficient production. Sometimes it’s difficult to

CIH Hedging Hog Market Watch from Chip Whalen, February 2nd 2018

Margins deteriorated over the second half of January due to a combination of lower hog prices and higher feed costs. Hog prices have retreated recently despite strength in the pork cutout and January slaughter levels that have trailed what was expected based on the USDA’s December Hogs and Pigs report. Hog slaughter for the first

CIH Hedging Hog Market Watch from Chip Whalen, January 2018

Margins held relatively flat over the first half of January, improving slightly from year-end, with limited movement in the hog and feed markets. Hog prices recently advanced to fresh contract highs as the demand outlook remains strong despite record pork production. Hog slaughter has been up 4.5% year-over-year since early December, compared to a 2.3%

Weekly Livestock Update with Scott Brown, January 8th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: • Market recap – Cash hogs are $2.25 higher with current lean hog futures basically flat for the week. Pork cutout value gained $1.16 this week, driven by stronger bellies which were up more than $5.00 for the week. Cash fed cattle down $1.00 for the

Chris Hurt from Purdue University, Hog Prices Supported by Strong Demand, January 3rd 2017

Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University farmdoc daily (8):1 Recommended citation format: Hurt, C. “Weekly Outlook: Hog Prices Supported by Strong Demand.” farmdoc daily (8):1, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2, 2018. Permalink http://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2018/01/hog-prices-supported-strong-demand.html In USDA’s December Hogs and Pigs report, pork producers indicated they continue to increase

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, December 28th 2017

Open Interest Rises in Every Hog Contract   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday December 28, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash was higher yesterday as packers firmed the bid to keep hogs moving in the bitter cold temperatures. Cold temps will remain in place though next week. The cutout was quoted up .54 at

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Dec 1 U.S.D.A Hog and Pigs Report More Pigs! December 27th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Jim Long Pork Commentary Dec 1 U.S.D.A Hog and Pigs Report More Pigs! Last Friday the U.S.D.A released an inventory report for the U.S. Hog and Pigs Inventory (1000 head) The U.S market inventory continues to increase up 2% from a year ago.  An increase of about 1.6

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, December 18th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market recap – Cash cattle markets are flat for the week in light trade volume. Feeder cattle are $2.00 to $8.00 lower with lightweight calves showing some price strength this week. Live cattle futures are $3.00 higher on the recent strength in trade and feeder cattle

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, November 28th 2017

Japan Increases Tariff on U.S. Beef Imports   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday November 28, 2017   LEAN HOGS What we know for sure is that yesterday’s surge higher in lean hog futures was a light volume rally posted at just 27,335 with open interest slightly lower. We also know from the COT

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