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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

Groups Want Injunction Against WOTUS Rule

The National Pork Producers Council and a diverse coalition of agricultural and business groups late yesterday – in the case American Farm Bureau Federation, et. al. vs. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – filed a request in federal court for a nationwide preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States

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

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Farmer Gifts for Valentine’s Day, February 1st 2018

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. If you struggle, like I do on what to get your farmer on Valentine’s Day, I have compiled a list of personally hand-picked suggestions. My list of suggestions is for both men and women because we know both genders farm. These are my personal favorites. Hopefully, some of

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, 10 words that drive Farmers Crazy, January 27th 2018

There are just some days that certain words and phrases drive us completely nuts. In fact, there are 10 words that drive farmers crazy. Let’s take a look at the list. 1. Factory Farm If I had to narrow this list from 10 to 1, this is the word I would choose. Drives me nuts.

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Minnesota Pork Congress Report, January 22nd 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   Last week we attended the Minnesota Pork Congress, which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Minnesota is the number three US hog producing state after Iowa and North Carolina. Our report and observations.   There was a Taste of Elegance reception that featured Chefs and Pork. A

Rebecca Davis Pork Producer Blog from Barton Hog Farms in Michigan, How Farms are Reducing Antibiotic Use

For the final post in my Midwest Pork Conference Series (the first was about pork industry risks, the second 3 ways to get piglets off to a good start) I will come back to Antibiotics.  This is a topic I have covered quite a bit over the past few years, as it is one of the changing

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Some Observations for the Future, January 9th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Some Observations for the Future   France and United Kingdom have announced that internal combustion engines will be illegal in 2035. A person I met with, pondered the following thought. Premise “if internal combustion engine losses its presence who and what is going to use ethanol”.   Currently,

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, December 12th 2017

Hams and Bellies Showing Signs of a Top   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday December 12, 2017   LEAN HOGS The early call looks flat to lower for cash hog prices. The kill for this week is stacking up large, currently projected to be 2.556 million pigs, or about 20,000 larger than last

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