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Mike Brumm Commentary, What’s next in facility management? Marc 23 2017

I’ve been asked to be on a panel at an upcoming meeting of swine nutritionists where I give my thoughts on what’s new and upcoming in swine housing. As I think about this I’ve come up with several items worth thinking about. Heat is a big determent to pork production. Since they lack the ability

Dusty Compart from AgStar Financial Services, Gaining Equity in an Existing Operation: 5 Benefits to Contract Growing

With agriculture’s cyclical nature, we’ve seen our young and beginning farmers struggle to gain equity in an existing operation. Additionally, with prices like these, farm families are avoiding their succession plans. This makes it hard for second or third generation farmers to build equity and take more ownership in the farm. While this is common,

Chris Hurt from Purdue University, Hog Prices Outperform Expectations, March 1st 2017

The pork industry outlook has experienced a major shift to the upside. Pork producers are pleased to see 2017 hog prices higher than expected. The low point for the industry was in late November when hog prices dropped to near $32 per hundredweight on a live weight basis. Recent live prices have reached the mid-$50

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 14th 2017

MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 14, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were higher to sharply higher yesterday, quoted up .50 to $2.00. Impressively, hog receipts were not heavy. The cutout continues to hold steady to firm, quoted up .05 at $85.14. The carcass is holding levels

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Bacon Shortage? February 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Over the last few years, the demand for Bacon in the North American market has greatly increased. Bacon on burgers, Bacon in all day breakfast programs such as McDonalds, Bacon on everything. What has that meant to US pork cut-outs? Below is some historical values.   As you

Why Automated Data Collection for Pig Farming is the Way forward from Kevin Hill at Quality Scales Unlimited

The concept of Precision Farming is based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops to develop a decision support system (DSS) for the whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources. Swine breeders and pig farmers are now increasingly using Precision Livestock Farming techniques

Mike Brumm Commentary, Ventilation problems with ESF gestation housing, February 1st 2017

In the past 2 months I’ve worked on new breed-wean projects and done ventilation audits on breed-wean sites with ESF feeding stations and large pen housing. A common problem with the ESF stations and the large pens (165-275 females/pen) is wet and slippery floors in the common traffic areas. A major reason for the wetness

Nancy Lidster from DNL Farms, Pig Scramble and Industry Standards, January 25th 2017

  I got a phone call last Friday night from a person who had happened upon my name on the internet. She expressed concern about a pig scramble that was held as part of a local rodeo, wanted to know my opinion, and wanted resource materials about appropriate handling of pigs. I referred her to the

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, January 17th 2017

MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday January 17, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices on Monday were fully steady with the cutout, reported yesterday afternoon, down .60 at $79.94. Hazardous road conditions were evident during the long weekend. Friday’s volume was active at over 50,000 cars with open interest

Mike Brumm Commentary, Are SEW prices peaking? January 11th 2017

With the start of the new year I’ve spent part of this week updating the automatic graphing that I use on several of my historic data sets. This includes not only USDA hogs and pigs inventory numbers but also mandatory price reporting and feeder pig price reporting. During the updates I’ve had time to review

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