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Erin Cortus from the University of Minnesota, Sustainability Requires Definition, Standards, Measurements

My name is Erin Cortus and I am a new faculty member in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota. My role is to provide engineering expertise in the area of sustainable animal agriculture systems. Through Extension and research, I work with producers and community members to understand and continually improve

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, 8 Ways to Deal With A Stressed Out Farmer, May 9th 2018

Okay, we know farming is not easy and there can be signficant stresses. Farming is like a rollercoaster.–volatility is the only constant. Not only are commodity prices down, but on our farm, we struggled with some terrible animal health issues a couple months ago. Now, the weather finally feels like spring and we are trying

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Market Observations, May 7th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   Last week the U.S. cash hog market continued its recent advance, with 22 days in a row of increased prices.  Last Friday 53-54% USDA lean carcass average 61.96¢ lb.  Last week the U.S. marketed 68,000 more then a year ago (+2.8%).  More hogs, similar prices.  Last year

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, What Do Farm Animals Give Us? – Preschool, May 3rd 2018

Ag in the Classroom activity for preschoolers. This is a short 10-15 minute activity. You can add in reading a book such as Big Red Barn with the activity. Preschoolers love farm animals and they will truly enjoy this lesson. Here are the two handouts needed. What do we get from farm animals – Handout

Weekly Livestock Update with Scott Brown, April 30th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – Cash fed cattle were basically unchanged for the week while feeder cattle sold steady to $5.00 higher on moderate demand. Current contract cattle futures ended the week sharply higher on strength at the end of the week. Current live cattle futures contract closed

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, 5 Real Struggles From Marrying a Farmer that Your City Friends Don’t Know About, April 26th 2018

Farm life is very different than my city friends lives. And it’s really hard to explain. Here are just a few struggles that I face that my city friends don’t know. 1. Meal time is non-structured. Meal time can be a struggle. Since there is no such thing as a 8-5 job on the farm,

Tracking Antimicrobial Resistance: Down on the Farm, Dr. Scott Dee, Director of Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services

In the summer of 2016, Pipestone set forth the challenge to be global leaders in antimicrobial stewardship. As swine veterinarians, we feel a responsibility to lead the industry with science-driven decisions on how to manage the use of antimicrobials, track resistance, and make proactive changes to practices if increased resistance was shown. With that in

Jim Long Pork Commentary, US Hog Market Shows Some Rebound, April 23rd 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   US Hog Market Shows Some Rebound Last week the US hog market showed some rebound, 53-54% lean hogs, going from 51.95¢ to 56.13¢. A year ago, 53-54% lean hogs were 59.99¢. Market seems to be next to terrible (losses $30 per head) But put in context of

Weekly Market Livestock Update with Scott Brown, April 16th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Cash hog prices are down a little more than $1.50 this week. However, current lean hog futures contracts gained nearly $4.00 on strong moves up in the latter part of the week. Pork cutout value lost $3.30 on weakness primarily in

Weekly Market Livestock Update with Scott Brown, April 9th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Cash hogs ended the week nearly $2.50 lower on continued uncertainty in demand strength. Current hog futures contracts ended the week down $2.50. Pork cutout value ended the week flat but is down 6 percent from 2017. The cutout closed the

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