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Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Hog Market Getting Stronger, February 21

  On October 21, April Lean Hog Futures were at $0.56/lb. Last Friday, April lean hog futures closed at $0.7075/lb. That’s over $30 USD per head increase. It’s about the difference between losing $15 per head to making $15 per head. It’s going in the right direction. The reason is very strong pork demand. High

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, February 20th 2017

•Futures livestock markets were mostly flat this week. Cash hogs ended the week a couple of dollars higher. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says choice beef prices were mostly float, pork cutout values were flat, but there is continued strength in pork belly prices. •Retail prices were released this week. And while beef and pork

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 16th 2017

  MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday February 16, 2017   LEAN HOGS With the dramatic swing in cash yesterday, going from lower to higher, with the product holding steady and with fresh bellies posting a new 52-week high and with open rising on yesterday’s lower trading, possibly setting a

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,I Will Never Marry A Pig Farmer! February 15th 2017

I did not grow up on a farm. I literally knew nothing about farming and had no plans on ever living on a farm. And because I wasn’t raised on a farm, it didn’t matter to me if it rained, if it was too windy, or if it was too hot or too cold. I was only

Mike Brumm Commentary, Where do you get training? February 15th 2017

As I was driving to a producer meeting yesterday in central Iowa I had time to look back at my career in the pork industry. I realized that I’ve been giving presentations to producer groups for at least 40 years with my first presentations done while a graduate student at Purdue University. While our production

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

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, February 12th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cattle and hog markets ended the week mixed. Week over week live cattle were flat in most months, feeders were lower in the most active months, and the hog market saw fairly strong gains. •USDA released its WASDE report on Thursday. Scott and Meghan discuss what

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 9th 2017

MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday February 9, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were up sharply yesterday which should continue to support the Feb and today should also inject some buying into the April hogs. Prices rallied and then setback yesterday on a decent round of profit taking.

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,Factory Farming in Minnesota – Truth Revealed, February 9th 2017

About Wanda: Good day! I am Wanda Patsche, blogger for Minnesota Farm Living. I am a City Girl turned Farm Wife. You will find posts about farm life, my passions and agricultural issues. Consider this an extended hand to help you understand where your food comes from. So go grab a cup of coffee, find

Dennis Smith with Archer Financial Services, February 7th 2017

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MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 7, 2017   LEAN HOGS The cash was strong yesterday, mostly $1.50 higher as packers compete for butcher hog supplies amid profitable margins, rising wholesale carcass values and slightly declining numbers. Futures posted a strong performance and technically confirmed the move with new

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