Dennis Smith of Archer Financial Services, Daily Volume Surges Higher in Feeders, September 21 2017

  LEAN HOGS Cash will be called lower today because packers will continue to throttle the cash in an uncompetitive environment until it no longer works. My assumption is that eventually numbers will drop off in some kind of hole? Or perhaps a bullish surprise will surface in the hog & pig report? Or possibly

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

Scott Brown of the University of Missouri, Weekly Livestock Market Report, September 18 2017

  •Market recap for the week ending September 15, 2017: Cash hogs were down $3.80 for the week. The pork cutout was $2.82 for the week, led by bellies that declined $11.77 for the week. Ribs were down $8.84 this week. Pork bellies have lost 47% of their value in the last month. On the

Genesus Global Market Report: Mexican Pork Market

  Global Market Report ​Mexican Pork Market Fernando Ortiz-Hermida – Genesus Ibero-American Business Development fortiz@genesus.com   The Mexican pork market has been strengthened over the course of the current year. Despite having a slight decrease in the Easter season, which is normal due to a lower red meat consumption, the market has recovered its pace

Topigs Norsvin USA announces new Veterinarian

Key appointment enhances Topigs Norsvin health and biosecurity announced today that Dr. Kristine Harms has joined its staff as Veterinarian.  Dr. Harms will be based out of Topigs Norsvin’s Burnsville, MN office.  In her new role, Kristine’s responsibilities will encompass multiplication veterinary support, health and biosecurity auditing and training, veterinary responsibilities related to the import/export

Challenging the Status Quo on Pig Handling

  Moving pigs is often a time-consuming, frustrating and even hazardous process — but it doesn’t have to be. Nancy Lidster knows that as well as anyone. She and her husband, Don, were commercial pig producers for 20 years in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan before spending the past two decades running a training company