New Legislation Introduced to Increase Ag Exports

  Yesterday, U.S. Senators Ernst (R-Iowa), King (I-Maine), Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation that would increase funding to successful U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs and help U.S. farmers maintain an edge in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. The bill, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act,

Genesus Technical Report: What Does Optimal FCR Really Mean?

  What does optimal FCR really mean? Derek Petry, Ph.D. – Genesus Inc.    As a genetic supplier, one of the first topics discussed in any meeting is feed conversion ratio (FCR).  While a very easy value to calculate, it is important to know the relationship between FCR and profitability. There are numerous factors that

The Importance of Mycotoxin Risk Management

  Mycotoxins aren’t new to anyone in the grain and livestock sector. Yet the prevalence of mycotoxins in grain sources varies each year, making it difficult to manage mycotoxin risk without a comprehensive plan. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has classified mycotoxins as a hazard, which means they will need to be addressed as

Genesus Global Market Report: Canada––Slow and Steady Wins the Race?

  Canada – Slow and Steady wins the Race? Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario  bfraser@genesus.com   StatsCan recently released its July 1st hog inventory report. It placed total inventory of all hogs at 14.1 million head up 2% from a year ago. The market hog inventory was up 2% while the sow

CIH September Hog Margin Watch

    Margins were mixed over the first half of September, weakening in nearby periods while strengthening in forward slots. Hog prices declined in spot contracts, while gaining in deferred months, as feed costs held relatively steady – with the exception of soybean meal, which has moved higher since the end of August. Hog finishing

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Bellies Are Being Placed into the Freezer at Breakneck Pace, September 19 2017

    LEAN HOGS Monthly cold storage comes out Friday afternoon at 2:00. It likely will show a very small belly frozen stock figure. Since Sep 1st, however, we believe bellies have been placed into the freezer at breakneck speed. Eventually, despite record large production, this activity will force a bottom in the fresh belly

Pig Power Networking at ISU-McKean Swine Conference

2017 brings back the ever popular Pig Power Networking Event! This fast-paced interview format is a great way to start your Friday morning at the ISU James D McKean Swine Disease Conference. This student-planned event is coordinated by members of Iowa State’s AASV chapter, and is a great opportunity to get involved and interact with

Danger!: 500+ Mycotoxins Putting Your Pigs at Risk

What are mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by molds in the field and during the storage of grains, feeds and forages. With over 500 diverse types of mycotoxins discovered (yes, there are over 500!), it is a prevalent issue that can negatively affect your herd’s productivity, efficiency and profitability. How do mycotoxins affect your herd? Pigs are extremely

New Conference Focuses on Data in Agriculture

  A first of its kind conference focusing on the use and managing of big data as it pertains to research in production agriculture is a reality thanks to efforts of three Iowa State University animal science faculty and others who are part of the Livestock High-Throughput Phenotyping and Big Data Analytics steering committee. Assistant professors Nick

Publications on Hydrogen Sulfide Safety for Swine Farms Now Available

  Earlier this year, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering faculty member Dr. Dan Andersen (aka Dr. Manure) provided two free publications on hydrogen sulfide safety for swine farms, and this is a good time to make sure all who work in your operation review and follow those safety precautions. The first, Hydrogen Sulfide Safety – Manure