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Mike Brumm Commentary, Monthly checklists, May 24th 2017

I’m often asked for checklists that can help employees and barn owners keep up on the little things that make a ventilation system successful in meeting the moisture and heat removal goals that the system was designed for. I ran across the following in my files today as an example of what a monthly list

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, May 23rd 2017

Cold Storage Confirms Record Small Belly Stocks Going into Summer   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday May 23, 2017   LEAN HOGS The cold storage was nothing exciting but the report does confirm that demand for pork over the last year has been excellent if not record high. While there were 13.5 million

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown from the University of Missouri, May 22nd 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Fed cattle were down for the week coming off of very high prices a couple of weeks ago. We are down for the week on feeder cattle $1 to $4 , feeder calves were steady to $3 lower. Choice beef cutout was up over $4 this

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, May 18th 2017

Cash Hogs and Pork Cutout Surge on Seasonal Demand   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Thursday May 18, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash was called lower early yesterday but came in fully steady. Nice try by the packer to purchase pigs at lower money but it did not work. The cutout soared, calculated up

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Life Before GMO’s, May 18th 2017

Yesterday I had the honor of being interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio. The subject of the interview is how agriculture has changed over the years, specifically technology changes. I was chosen because my family has been farming for many years. In fact, we are in the midst of planting our 39th crop.  So yes, I

Mike Brumm Commentary, Are there too many pig barns? May 17th 2017

This weekend I drove from Mankato to eastern South Dakota. Lots of planters in the field and it appears that a majority of the corn in southern Minnesota is in the ground. It’s been wetter in eastern South Dakota so more evidence of corn still being planted. By the time of my return on Sunday

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, May 16th 2017

Choice Beef Trading at Levels Not Seen in Nearly Two Years   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday May 16, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash hog prices yesterday were quoted .50 higher with a steady to higher tone expected for today. Cutout continues to grind higher daily with yesterday’s quote up .68 at $83.97.

Doug MacDougald from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, PEDV Shed and Spread: Little Evidence of Aerosol Transmission!

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) elimination from farrow to finish farms without the need for complete depopulation has been highly successful. This group of US researchers wanted to drill down on more specific information about PED tissue localization, shedding patterns, virus carriage, antibody response, and aerosol transmission. In this case the researchers inoculated  4-week-old feeder

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown from the University of Missouri, May 15th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market recap through Thursday’s close: It’s been a pretty good week in the hog market. Hogs ended the week up about $4.50 through Thursday’s close. Pork cutout was up $4.37, with strength across the board and added help from stronger belly prices. Cattle were down about

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Top 5 Myths About GMO Foods, May 11th 2017

It seems everywhere I turn, I am constantly reading about how GMOs (genetically modified organism) are going to be the death of civilization. Or at least close to it. Let’s examine five myths about GMO foods. First, let’s start with what GMO technology is. The term GMO is most commonly used to refer to crop plants

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