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Mike Brumm Economist Commentary, Our Performance Advantage, June 21 2017

This past week I was on the program of the 2017 Midwest Farm Energy Conference in Morris, MN. My topic – why swine producers should be concerned about energy systems. Energy use in North American swine production systems consists mainly of electricity and propane usage. The main uses of electricity are ventilation (primarily heat removal

Dennis Smith Commentary of Archer Financial Services, June 21 2017

  JBS North American Making Changes   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday June 20, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash was strong yesterday and it’s expected to remain bid this morning. The cutout was up .94, once again reaching a high water mark for the summer. Futures also reached a high water mark with

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Update from the University of Missouri, June 20, 2017

  Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap: All values through Thursday’s close. Cash hogs, were up $2.50 for the week. Pork cutout value up $3 and it’s the highest weekly average since around November of 2014. Values continue to see a lot of support from pork bellies. Cash cattle trade

Lee Whittington of Prairie Swine Centre, Technology provides unlimited opportunity for data collection, June 19 2017

  Precision farming is now a commonly accepted term. In a decade, it has become the standard in pursuit of best management practice. Precision agriculture is a way of thinking about your farm and it is raising the bar for the whole industry on what is possible to measure and thus manage. It includes all

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services Commentary, June 15, 2017

  Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle LEAN HOGS Cash was powerful strong yesterday, quoted up $2.00 to $3.00. Packers are behaving aggressively and they work to secure animals and preserve market share. The latest index stands at 8210 and moving higher. The cutout was up only .10 but that does not really tell the story.

Greg Wideman from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, When Are We Justified In Pushing The Treatment Button?

Because of the risk of antimicrobial resistance, the judicious use of antimicrobials in production animals and humans is continuing to move towards the center of the spot light of political and public attention. Denmark is already well along the path towards measurement of antimicrobial use with the goal of optimizing  and gradually reducing antimicrobial use

Mike Brumm Pork Commentary, Questions Commonly Asked at World Pork Expo, June 13, 2017

      It was great seeing so many readers of this blog at World Pork Expo last week. Many of you stopped me to comment on my last posting about taking time for a vacation. As you know, I did that prior to Expo and had a great time away from my desk. The

Daryl Timmerman Commentary from AgStar, Benchmarking for Continuous Improvement, June 13 2017

    Volatility in the swine industry continues. Even so, the continued growth of the U.S. sow herd is evidence of ongoing optimism in our industry. Surely there will be growing pains experienced as producers and processors look for ways to take advantage of the 10 percent slaughter capacity increase that will be brought online

Jim Long Commentary, World Pork Expo Report, June 12 2017

  Last week the World Pork Expo was held in Des Moines, Iowa.  The World Pork Expo is the largest Global Swine Event held annually.  Our WPX report.   The WPX benefited from great weather, sunny and warm.  Perfect weather for the outside tent set up many companies use.   There were reported 20,000 visitors

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Update from the University of Missouri, June 12 2017

•Cash hogs ended the week $2 higher. Pork cut-out was flat. More strength in pork bellies, up $3 on the week and 28 percent higher than year ago levels. Feeder cattle were steady to $8 higher for the week with good demand for feedlots looking to fill pen space. Fed cattle ended the week steady.

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