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

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

NPPC Capital Update for the week ending March 24th 2017

FMD VACCINE BANK IS NPPC’S PRIORITY IN NEXT FARM BILL The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the NPPC Vice President David Herring, a pork producer from Newton Grove, N.C., told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony Tuesday. To address a potential FMD

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

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Market Update, March 20th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics The U.S. lean hog price is flat lining over the last couple weeks, hovering around $0.71/lb for 53-54% lean hogs.   Other Observations Iowa-Minnesota Average Hog Weight a week ago 281.9 lbs liveweight, down 1.5 lbs from a year ago (283.4 lbs). Tells us hogs are moving about

Zoetis Awards Scholarships to Rising Veterinary Student

2017 scholarship program underscores Commitment to Veterinarians™ Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) today announced the winners of the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Now in its eighth year, the program awarded 315 scholarships to second- and third-year veterinary students during the 2017 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference.

Mike Brumm Commentary, US relative cost of production, March 15th 2017

At the 2017 South Australia Pig Industry Day, Dr Roger Cambell recently compared the cost of production between several countries producing pork. His goal was to highlight why Australian producers have to be the best in the world at what they do if they expect to compete with foreign imports, etc. Rather than cite his

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Action, Please – Minnesota “Farm-to-Table” Style, March 9th 2017

As a “city girl turned farm wife,” there is nothing I love more than connecting consumers to agriculture. And it could not be more important than it is now. Consumers thirst for information about where the food comes from. One great way I have found to connect consumers and farmers is through “Action, please –

Mike Brumm Commentary, US relative cost of production, March 8th 2017

At the 2017 South Australia Pig Industry Day, Dr Roger Cambell recently compared the cost of production between several countries producing pork. His goal was to highlight why Australian producers have to be the best in the world at what they do if they expect to compete with foreign imports, etc. Rather than cite his