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Chris Hurt from Purdue University, Hog Price Prospects Strengthen, December 5th 2017

Source: by Chris Hurt Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University Hog prices this fall have been stronger than anticipated. In early October, USDA analysts estimated that fourth quarter live prices would average $38 to $40 per hundredweight. Now it looks like the actual price will be $46 to $47. It is always enjoyable to exceed

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Proposed New U.S Grade System, November 27th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics he USDA has proposed a new pork grade system, where new categorises are proposed: Prime, Chioce and Select. An article on the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Website by Rick Stein, Vice President of Fresh Foods FMI captures the essence of retailer’s desire to see a new grade system that

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, November 20th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Ahead of the Holiday week livestock markets took a tumble. Cash hog prices are $2.00 lower for the week and lean hog futures also closed $2.00 lower. Pork value was flat for the week thanks in large part to belly prices,

See the Benefits of Cross-protection Against Swine Influenza By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis

By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis   Can you see swine influenza in your operation right away? Often, we can’t answer this question just by looking because clinical signs aren’t always visible, even when disease is present.1   It is easy to see how quickly this hidden challenge can get out of

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, November 6th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •It’s been a strong week for cattle markets. Cash fed cattle up $8.00 to $10.00 for the week. Feeder cattle are steady to $8.00 higher with continued strong demand. Choice beef cutout value is up $5.30 for the week – this was the highest since July

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Pork – Game Changer, October 30th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics We were extremely happy this week, when we read the new proposed Standards for Grades of Pork Carcass from U.S.D.A. Why so happy? Finally, there is a proposed system that will properly recognise Pork taste and flavour attributes. The proposed system is based on marbling and colour.  

Jim Long Pork Commentary, US Cash Hog Prices Continue price surge, October 23rd 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics The October price miracle continues with cash hogs 53-54% lean jumping to 64.41c; up about $ 22 a head in the last two weeks. That $22 per head, has cut producers losses by that amount. There is no profit at current prices, but it has sure slowed down

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, October 12th 2017

Large Volume Trade Noted Yesterday in Hog Puts   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday October 12, 2017   LEAN HOGS Nothing much to gleam from volume and open interest. Hog volume on the rally yesterday was moderate at 42,100 with open interest up 340. OI in Oct was down 1,100, up 1,100 in

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Relief Rally in Hogs a Hedging Opportunity, October 5 2017

LEAN HOGS It appears to be a quiet morning regarding news that may impact livestock trading. Compared to Tuesday’s super high volume rally affair, yesterday’s rally in hogs occurred on light volume reported at only 37,900 cars. Open interest increased by 634 with open interest declining by just over 2,000 in the soon to expire

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Tips and Tricks for Surviving Harvest while Dating a Farmer

guest blog post by Kristeena Patsche I know I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. Dating a farmer is something you really have to adjust to. It is not an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job and your date night or dinner conversations revolve a little too much around the latest and greatest

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