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Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 13th 2018

Volume in Hogs Larger Than Volume in Cattle By Dennis Smith   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday February 13, 2018   LEAN HOGS: Cash was lower yesterday, quoted down .50 to $1.00. The trend appears to be soft/lower for cash hogs, look for flat to lower again today. Feb hogs go off the

Brent Jones from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, Does Finishing Space Allowance Affect Pork Quality?

The effect of finishing  pig space allowance on growth performance has received a lot of attention. Decreased space allowance can negatively affect average daily feed intake and average daily gain. The effect of reduced space allowance on pork carcass quality has received less attention. These Korean researchers wanted to evaluate the optimal space allowance that

Weekly Livestock Update with Scott Brown, February 12th 2018

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – Cash hogs for the week were up 65 cents. The pork cutout value was down $4.16 for the week – led by 17 cent lower belly prices for this week, ham prices were down a nickel. The pork cutout value now rests 8%

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.

Steps to keep the incidence of stillborns at bay by Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

Read more articles on Pig Health Today https://pighealthtoday.com/ by Megan Schnur, DVM Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois The cause of stillborns in pig production varies widely, but it’s often connected to sow parity or infectious disease. Either way, stillborns are costly and need to be minimized for profitable, efficient production. Sometimes it’s difficult to

Brent Jones from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, – The “Red Paint” on Uncooked Meat

When I comes to biosecurity I always like to think of disease organisms that threaten biosecurity as being like fresh “red paint”  that coats the surface of the outside world. We already know that bringing uncooked meat into a barn represents a huge risk with respect to Foreign Animal Disease such as Foot and Mouth

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, February 5th 2018

•Market Recap – Cash hog prices were flat for the week while the current lean hog futures closed a dollar lower this week. The pork cutout values were basically unchanged this week as we had weakness in ham prices offsetting the strength in pork belly prices for the week. Cash fed cattle was $3.00 higher

CIH Hedging Hog Market Watch from Chip Whalen, February 2nd 2018

Margins deteriorated over the second half of January due to a combination of lower hog prices and higher feed costs. Hog prices have retreated recently despite strength in the pork cutout and January slaughter levels that have trailed what was expected based on the USDA’s December Hogs and Pigs report. Hog slaughter for the first

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, February 1st 2018

Lean Hog Open Interest Declining on Lower Trade By Dennis Smith   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday February 1, 2018   LEAN HOGS: Take a look at the charts and the Feb is completely different looking than is the April lean hog chart. Feb is solid as a rock and April looks poised

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Farmer Gifts for Valentine’s Day, February 1st 2018

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. If you struggle, like I do on what to get your farmer on Valentine’s Day, I have compiled a list of personally hand-picked suggestions. My list of suggestions is for both men and women because we know both genders farm. These are my personal favorites. Hopefully, some of

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