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Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, December 12th 2017

Hams and Bellies Showing Signs of a Top   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday December 12, 2017   LEAN HOGS The early call looks flat to lower for cash hog prices. The kill for this week is stacking up large, currently projected to be 2.556 million pigs, or about 20,000 larger than last

Dr. Kevin Vilaca from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, Is PCV3 One of the Infectious Causes of PDNS?

Next generation sequencing is making it easier to find novel viruses in diseased pigs. It is not quite so easy to know if these novel viruses are causing disease or just happen to be “innocent bystanders”. We know all too well from past experience that Porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) is clinically manifested by postweaning multisystemic

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, December 7th 2017

Weekly Pork Export Sales Were Huge; Beef Awful   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday December 7, 2017   LEAN HOGS The tone in the cash is changing from the firm trade of last week. Cash was down .50 yesterday and more of the same is expected today and tomorrow. Large weekly slaughter and

Millennials in agriculture – Part 2, George Silva from Michigan State University

Millennials tend to be discerning consumers willing to purchase food brands and products that embody their preferences for authenticity, transparency and responsible ingredient sourcing. Part 1 of this article discussed some of the opportunities and challenges millennials are confronted with as food producers. Part 2 will address the role of millennials as food consumers. Retailors

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, December 5th 2017

Fund Liquidation a Factor in LC Trade   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday December 5, 2017   LEAN HOGS Yesterday’s higher performance in all hog contracts except the Dec occurred on moderate volume of 44,000 with open interest rising by 1,000 cars. Consider this to be new long specs entering the fray with

Chris Hurt from Purdue University, Hog Price Prospects Strengthen, December 5th 2017

Source: by Chris Hurt Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University Hog prices this fall have been stronger than anticipated. In early October, USDA analysts estimated that fourth quarter live prices would average $38 to $40 per hundredweight. Now it looks like the actual price will be $46 to $47. It is always enjoyable to exceed

Ed Metzger from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services – Disinfection Programs: “Getting More Bang For The Buck!”

The gradual move towards reducing the use of antimicrobials has forced us to reload on a number of “best management practices” that help to prevent disease in the first place. One of the best management practices that is often overlooked is the proper application of disinfection techniques following washing.  It should be noted that there

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, December 4th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – Cash hogs for the week are flat and lean hog futures are up $1.00 for the week. Pork cutout value is up $1.00 for the week and about 12 percent higher from a year ago. The increase is driven by stronger belly prices

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

Millennials in agriculture – Part 1, George Silva from Michigan State University

Millennials are expected to make farming more efficient and profitable by relying more on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Millennials represent a cohort of youth born between 1980 and mid-2000. Currently, there are 80 million of them in the U.S. They will make up 75 percent of the workforce in 2025. Growing up with social media,

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