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Mike Brumm Economist Commentary, Our Performance Advantage, June 21 2017

This past week I was on the program of the 2017 Midwest Farm Energy Conference in Morris, MN. My topic – why swine producers should be concerned about energy systems. Energy use in North American swine production systems consists mainly of electricity and propane usage. The main uses of electricity are ventilation (primarily heat removal

Dennis Smith Commentary of Archer Financial Services, June 21 2017

  JBS North American Making Changes   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday June 20, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash was strong yesterday and it’s expected to remain bid this morning. The cutout was up .94, once again reaching a high water mark for the summer. Futures also reached a high water mark with

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Update from the University of Missouri, June 20, 2017

  Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap: All values through Thursday’s close. Cash hogs, were up $2.50 for the week. Pork cutout value up $3 and it’s the highest weekly average since around November of 2014. Values continue to see a lot of support from pork bellies. Cash cattle trade

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services Commentary, June 15, 2017

  Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle LEAN HOGS Cash was powerful strong yesterday, quoted up $2.00 to $3.00. Packers are behaving aggressively and they work to secure animals and preserve market share. The latest index stands at 8210 and moving higher. The cutout was up only .10 but that does not really tell the story.

Mike Brumm Pork Commentary, Questions Commonly Asked at World Pork Expo, June 13, 2017

      It was great seeing so many readers of this blog at World Pork Expo last week. Many of you stopped me to comment on my last posting about taking time for a vacation. As you know, I did that prior to Expo and had a great time away from my desk. The

Wanda Schott Patsche Producer Commentary, Yes There is a Science to Moving Pigs, June 9 2017

    The one thing I appreciate about education is you can look back and realize that things could have been better . . . if you only knew.  That was my realization after I completed the TQA (Transport Quality Assurance) Plus class, a class about best practices in transporting or moving hogs.  I have moved

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Update from the University of Missouri, June 7 2017

  •A strong week for cattle. Fed cattle ended the week $5.00 higher. Feeder calves were $1 to $4 higher, feeder cattle $3 to $13 higher with a lot of strength at the end of the week. Choice beef was down $1 for the week, rib prices still strong, up $4 for the week. Another

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Mike Brumm Commentary, Take Time Off, May 31st 2017

It’s only 2 weeks until World Pork Expo in Des Moines. I plan on attending on Wednesday and Thursday and will be talking with many of the readers of this blog. The Expo is as much about the people attending as it is the trade show and seminars. I leave for vacation tomorrow, returning in

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Update from the University of Missouri, May 29th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs up almost a dollar on the week. Pork cutout value was up nearly $4 for the week with strength across the board on all components of the cut-out value. On the cattle side – feeder calves were $1 to $4 higher. Feeder cattle were

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