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Dr. Dave Kohl of Compeer Financial, Scenario Analysis Helps Turn “Cant’s” Into “Can Do’s”, August 23 2017

    Hi. I’m Dr. Dave Kohl professor emeritus agriculture economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Of course, we’d like to welcome you back to the MacroCLINIC. Today’s theme is, “Turning a Can’t Do into a Can Do.” Oftentimes when I’m out on the road working with agriculture producers, they will say, “Well, I can’t

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Pork Margins Expected to Narrow, August 22 2017

  LEAN HOGS Cash was sloppy again yesterday with the late report confirming prices paid were down $1.50. The cutout was not lower but up .42 so the packer continues to operate at impressively handsome processing margins. Most, including me expect margins to narrow as two new plants come on-line over the next thirty days.

Mike Brumm Pork Economist, Slaughter Capacity and Exports, August 22 2017

  Weather in our region of the US continues to be cool and wet. I just reviewed the on-line data from the University of Minnesota Southern Outreach and Research Center at Waseca and rainfall since May 1 is above normal. Thanks to a warm June and early July growing degree units are still slightly above

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, How Food Fear is Spread and Why Words Matter, August 17 2017

At what point do we say enough is enough. Dr. Josh Axe published the second annual Chain Reaction II scorecard analysis of top restaurants on his website. The analysis supposedly highlights the “problem of routine antibiotic usage” in the meat and poultry operations that supply the nation’s top restaurant chains. The report is sponsored by organizations

Mike Brumm Pork Economist Commentary, Manure Pumping Time is Almost Here, August 14 2017

The manure pumping season is almost at hand for the majority of Midwest production sites. Yesterday while driving to a client’s site I met a semi-tanker manure transport vehicle. Last week I had a conversation with a client who was having storage issues and transferring manure between facilities to ‘get by’ until some application sites

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Long Liquidation Remains Key Feature in Live Cattle, August 10 2017

  LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were slightly lower yesterday, quoted down .50. We’re looking for a firm tone to finish the week. Weights have not started increasing yet and numbers, so far, remain below both last week and last year. The cutout was down .37 which is meaningless. Bellies were firm and butts are moving

Daryl Timmerman of Compeer Financial, Benchmarking for Continuous Improvement, August 8 2017

    Volatility in the swine industry continues. Even so, the continued growth of the U.S. sow herd is evidence of ongoing optimism in our industry. Surely there will be growing pains experienced as producers and processors look for ways to take advantage of the ten percent slaughter capacity increase that will be brought online

Mike Brumm Pork Economist, Miracle League, August 7 2017

    As many readers of this blog know, I retired as a Professor of Animal Science and Extension Swine Specialist from the University of Nebraska 11 years ago. We relocated to North Mankato, Mn in order to access the social services and life time care agencies in this community for our youngest daughter who

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial, Massive Swing Higher in Cash hogs, Swing Lower in Cutout, August 3 2017

  LEAN HOGS There was a large swing in the pork cutout from noon yesterday to the closing quotes. At noon hams, picnics and ribs were quoted slightly higher with bellies steady. On the close, however, all of these cuts including bellies were slightly lower. So the cutout went from up $1.50 to down $1.96.

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Hog Receipts Appeared to Be Very Light Yesterday, August 1, 2017

  LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were lower yesterday but we noticed that receipts in the western hog belt came in extremely light. For example, the USDA reported only 433 negotiated pigs in IA/S. Minn compared to 4,187 last Monday. Is this really possible or will there be a revision? Regardless, the weekly kill is

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