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Mike Brumm Commentary, It may only be spring but turn your thoughts to summer, March 29th 2017

I’ve spent this week doing producer meetings along with 2 site visits in Iowa. I got to see lots of tractors pulling anhydrous rigs along I80 in eastern Iowa and even saw some manure being applied. Spring is here (at least for those of you that far south) and it’s time to think about your

Scott Brown weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, March 27th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs ended $1 lower for the week, pork cut-out value was down $2.31 and all product values were down. Feeder cattle were steady to 6 higher, feeder steer calves steady to 4 higher. Fed cattle ended the week steady to firm. •On the futures market

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Market Update, March 20th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics The U.S. lean hog price is flat lining over the last couple weeks, hovering around $0.71/lb for 53-54% lean hogs.   Other Observations Iowa-Minnesota Average Hog Weight a week ago 281.9 lbs liveweight, down 1.5 lbs from a year ago (283.4 lbs). Tells us hogs are moving about

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, March 2nd 2017

MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday March 2, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were actually up .50 yesterday, a departure from the weak to lower trend. The cutout was down .32 at $81.62. Traders appear to be rolling out of April and into the June. Total open interest

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S.D.A Pork in Storage Report, February 27th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Record Low Belly Inventory   Last week, the USDA reported the inventory of pork bellies at the end of January at 14,014 (1,000 pounds), the lowest amount recorded since records began in 1957. This is down significantly from a year ago, when it was 60,698 (1,000 pounds). Record

Dennis Smith with Archer Financial Services, February 7th 2017

MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 7, 2017   LEAN HOGS The cash was strong yesterday, mostly $1.50 higher as packers compete for butcher hog supplies amid profitable margins, rising wholesale carcass values and slightly declining numbers. Futures posted a strong performance and technically confirmed the move with new

Why Automated Data Collection for Pig Farming is the Way forward from Kevin Hill at Quality Scales Unlimited

The concept of Precision Farming is based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops to develop a decision support system (DSS) for the whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources. Swine breeders and pig farmers are now increasingly using Precision Livestock Farming techniques

Diana Prichard Pork Producer Blog, In The Absence of TPP Pork Producers Must Demand New Markets, January 31st 2017

Monday, just four days into his service as President of the United States, Donald Trump announced that he would be seeking immediate renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, as well as immediately withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The latter, perhaps more than any other issue, has been

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Hog Market Continues Rebound, January 23rd 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics In November, U.S. market hogs touched $0.45 lean/lb. By the end of last week, 53-54% lean hogs were $0.66/lb. A month ago and a year ago, they were $0.57. Pork demand is strong. The extra money producers are getting is stopping financial losses.   Minnesota Pork Congress  

Veterinary Feed Directive impact on youth exhibitors, from Julie Thelen from Michigan State University Extension

Are you ready? Jan. 1, 2017, begins the process of knowing and paying attention to a few more acronyms or paying the consequences. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) is a requirement put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with impacts that will be seen across the country. Michigan State University Extension has been

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