Chip Whalen, CIH Hog Market Watch, November 20th 2017

Margins dropped sharply over the first half of November due to a selloff in hog futures as feed costs actually dropped over the past few weeks. Spot Q4 margins are now negative again, with below breakeven margins also projected through Q1 of 2018. Deferred margins in Q2 and Q3 also lost ground, though not as

INFLUENZA: A GROWING THREAT TO YOUR SWINE HERD’S POTENTIAL Production losses from influenza can total more than $3 per head

Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) has been present in U.S. herds for nearly 100 years,1 and until recently, was less complicated for producers and veterinarians to manage. Today, however, due to its endemic presence in swine populations in North and South America, Asia and Europe,1 as well as the emergence of new virus strains

Optimizing Dietary Energy for Maximum Profitability in Growing-Finishing Pigs

The swine nutrition teams at Kansas State University (KSU) and Pig Improvement Company (PIC) have developed a tool to optimize the level of dietary net energy for growing-finishing pigs to maximize profitability. Feed represents approximately 70-80% of the cost of a grow-finishing pig and about half of that cost is related to energy. Feeding the

Success Stories: Cross-protection Makes a Big Difference

Here’s how rethinking vaccination strategies helped two farms   Veterinarians Marty Mohr of New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center in New Ulm, Minnesota, and Bill Hollis of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. in Carthage, Illinois, have one thing in common: Both have had a client outsmart swine influenza virus.   Before For Dr. Hollis, his client in

Unresolved Trade Issues Biggest Risk Factor for North American Pork Producers

Farmscape for November 16, 2017 Full Interview 7:58 Listen The Vice President Pork Analysis with EMI Analytics says unresolved trade issues are the biggest risk factor on the horizon for North American pork producers. As negotiations aimed at modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement continue, a growing number of agricultural interests in the United

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, November 13th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap – This week in markets – cash hog prices are down $1.10 for the week. Lean hog futures will finish the week $3.00 lower. The pork cutout value finished the week $1.90 higher – thanks in large part to a continued rebound in pork

Resurrected TPP Offers Important Opportunity for Canadian Pork

Farmscape for November 10, 2017 Full Interview 4:56 Listen The Chair of Manitoba Pork is calling on Manitoba’s political leaders to demonstrate their support for a resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. On behalf of the province’s pork industry the Chair of Manitoba Pork has sent letters to Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba’s 14 Members

Delay Sought For Reporting Farm Air Emissions

With a Nov. 15 deadline looming, the National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association today filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s motion to delay a mandate that farmers report certain air emissions from manure on their farms.   In April, a federal court, ruling on a

Pork Producers Advised to Take Advantage of Forward Contract Opportunities

Farmscape for November 8, 2017 Full Interview 7:28 Listen The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services is advising pork producers to look to forward contracting to protect themselves from downward pressure on live hog markets over the next three to four months resulting from large slaughter hog supplies. While increased U.S. slaughter capacity

IAV-S elimination in breed-to-wean herds is challenging — but possible

Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Carthage, Illinois  As seen in Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) continues to present an ever-changing health challenge in breed-to-wean populations. The impact of influenza on sows may be low, but it can take a toll when suckling pigs contract the infection from their dams. It can be difficult to