Illinois Swine Commentaries

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Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, May 18th 2017

Cash Hogs and Pork Cutout Surge on Seasonal Demand   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday May 18, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash was called lower early yesterday but came in fully steady. Nice try by the packer to purchase pigs at lower money but it did not work. The cutout soared, calculated up

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown from the University of Missouri, May 15th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market recap through Thursday’s close: It’s been a pretty good week in the hog market. Hogs ended the week up about $4.50 through Thursday’s close. Pork cutout was up $4.37, with strength across the board and added help from stronger belly prices. Cattle were down about

Why and How to Leverage Farm Management Tools, By: Ahnna Compart, Sr. Financial Analyst AgStar Financial Services

As a business analyst, I work with a wide array of farm clients. Some are younger and less experienced. Others have been in the business for decades. Many top producers, regardless of size or experience, seem to have a few things in common. They have established operational goals, they surround themselves with a trusted circle

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. – No Shortage of Meat Protein, April 24th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics The USDA’s latest report of projected U.S. Red Meat and Poultry disappearance for 2017 is 88.751 billion pounds, up 4 billion pounds from 2015 and 2 billion from last year. Profitability and optimism in the Beef, Pork and Poultry Industries have pushed potential U.S. per capita disappearance from

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Report from the University of Missouri, April 24th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs are down 75 cents on the week.  Futures markets are down about $4.50 for the week.  Pork cut value was down modestly on the week – led by a $5.50 decline in belly prices this week.  On the cattle side – feeder steers were

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, April 13th 2017

Light Cash Steer Trade Reported at $1.26.   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday April 13, 2017   LEAN HOGS It was a surprise sharply lower open and close in the summer and fall hog contracts yesterday. The April pulled back but the bull spreads appeared to turn yesterday after a new low close

Jim Long Pork Commentary, USDA March 1 Hogs and Pigs Report, April 3rd 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics     Year over year, there is more pigs in the market inventory, 2.754 million head. We calculate that’s over 100,000 more per week to go to market over the next half year compared to last. It’s real good the new U.S. slaughter plants are coming on stream

Scott Brown weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, April 3rd 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs ended the week $2 lower. Feeder steers and heifers started the week steady to $5 higher but were $1 to $4 lower to end the week. The tone in fed cattle markets were weak. Pork cutout value was down $2.45 relative to a week

Christine Pelland, DVM from South West Ontario Veterinary Services, – Use of Recreational Straw Common in Sweden, March 27th 2017

Tail biting is a common problem in pig farming and has a direct effect on the welfare of the pig. Infectious arthritis, lung abscess, carcass abscess and pleuritis that result from tail biting can be the cause of significant economic loss to the producer. The lesions of tail biting and the sequelae are easily detected

Scott Brown weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, March 20th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: This week’s market recap with Scott Brown: Cash hogs are steady for the week. Pork cut-out is steady for the week and the first time in a few weeks we’ve steadied on the pork cutout side. In terms of beef – feeder calves are steady to

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