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Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 6th 2018

Livestock Futures Should Be Able to Shake Off Stock Volatility By Dennis Smith   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 6, 2018   LEAN HOGS: Fully steady to higher is the cash hog outlook. For reference the latest CME lean hog index stands at 7448 with the Feb paper closing yesterday at 7582.

Bob Thaler from South Dakota State University, Water: You can’t afford to take it for granted

A clean, accessible water supply is critical to keep pigs growing. Feed, vaccinations, medications and biosecurity are all priorities in a producer’s toolbox to keep pigs healthy and growing. Yet water is the nutrient that pigs consume in the greatest quantities throughout their life and the one most commonly overlooked. “Water is taken for granted,”

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, January 23rd 2018

The Show List is Smaller This Week   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday January 23, 2018   Special note: we are liquidating part of our March soybean $10.00 calls today.   LEAN HOGS The NAFTA talks resume today in Montreal. The markets are currently not worried and assuming that the U.S. will NOT

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 19th 2017

Sources Indicate Pork Packers are Booked for the Week   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday December 19, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were lower yesterday and they’re expected to remain under pressure today. Packers are already booked for the entire week. The weekly kill is pegged at 2.461 million pigs which

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Hog Market Shows Profits for Next Twelve Months, December 12th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Using current projected feed cost and current lean hog futures it appears the average profit potential for next twelve months should average about $20 US per head for farrow to finish operations. That’s a very positive number, considering the industry noise, that expansion is happening.   A real

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, November 28th 2017

Japan Increases Tariff on U.S. Beef Imports   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday November 28, 2017   LEAN HOGS What we know for sure is that yesterday’s surge higher in lean hog futures was a light volume rally posted at just 27,335 with open interest slightly lower. We also know from the COT

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

Jim Long Pork Commentary, November – Producers never do well, November 20th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics This time of year, is never a good time for producers. Year after year this is the time of maximum seasonal hog numbers. This always results in lower hog prices. It is also usually the time packers, historically have the highest gross margins.   This year cash hog

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

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