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Mike Brumm Commentary, It may only be spring but turn your thoughts to summer, March 29th 2017

I’ve spent this week doing producer meetings along with 2 site visits in Iowa. I got to see lots of tractors pulling anhydrous rigs along I80 in eastern Iowa and even saw some manure being applied. Spring is here (at least for those of you that far south) and it’s time to think about your

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, March 28th 2017

Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Georgia   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday March 28, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were down .50 yesterday but the cutout was higher, quoted up .64 at $79.12. The hog market is wading through a period of over-supply relative to early spring demand. It’s not expected

Christine Pelland, DVM from South West Ontario Veterinary Services, – Use of Recreational Straw Common in Sweden, March 27th 2017

Tail biting is a common problem in pig farming and has a direct effect on the welfare of the pig. Infectious arthritis, lung abscess, carcass abscess and pleuritis that result from tail biting can be the cause of significant economic loss to the producer. The lesions of tail biting and the sequelae are easily detected

Scott Brown weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, March 27th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs ended $1 lower for the week, pork cut-out value was down $2.31 and all product values were down. Feeder cattle were steady to 6 higher, feeder steer calves steady to 4 higher. Fed cattle ended the week steady to firm. •On the futures market

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services

Major Spike in Volume Noted in Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday March 23, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were down .50 yesterday with the product breaking $80.00 for the first time in several weeks. Lower prices for pork will continue to attract strong demand which

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, National AgDay – Teaching Our Grandchildren, March 22nd 2017

Grandchildren . . . One of God’s greatest gifts. As grandparents, we are part parent, part caretaker, and part friend. That places us in a very special place in our grandchildren’s lives. Personally, as farming grandparents, we feel a responsibility and a duty to teach them about farming and where their food comes from. We are PROUD and

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

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, March 21 2017

Brazilian Beef Scandal Continues to Make Headlines   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday March 21, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices were NOT lower yesterday as predicted all session. Instead, prices on the late cash report came in up .50. Numbers are expected to begin tapering off and with margins highly profitable,

Brent Jones from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, Selecting for Feed Efficiency in Maternal Lines: Are We Throwing The Baby Out With The Bath Water

There was a time when genetic selection for feed efficiency and average daily gain was primarily focused on terminal sire lines. As profit margins tighten and farm overhead costs continue to increase the relentless search for additional genetic improvement in growth and feed efficiency has resulted in more selection within maternal lines for these traits.

Scott Brown weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, March 20th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: This week’s market recap with Scott Brown: Cash hogs are steady for the week. Pork cut-out is steady for the week and the first time in a few weeks we’ve steadied on the pork cutout side. In terms of beef – feeder calves are steady to

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