Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue

    Peterson E, Remmenga M, Hagerman AD and Akkina JE (2017) Use of Temperature, Humidity, and Slaughter Condemnation Data to Predict Increases in Transport Losses in Three Classes of Swine and Resulting Foregone Revenue. Front. Vet. Sci. 4:67. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00067     The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Mike Brumm Economist Commentary, Thoughts on Slaughter Weights, July 20 2017

Much has been written about the new slaughter plants in Iowa and Michigan that are expected to begin slaughtering pigs within 1-2 months. Of concern to producers is the large increase in the kept for market inventory in the June 1 USDA report associated with the start of these plants. Any mis-step in the start-up

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Light Volume Rally in Both Cattle and Hogs, July 20

  LEAN HOGS Getting right to the chase, lean hogs rallied sharply yesterday as traders are becoming impressed with the inability of packers to break the cash. Indeed, at the moment they have very little incentive to back bids off severely. Margins are the best they’ve been since last fall and highly profitable. Cutout continues

Genesus Global Market Report, USA

USA Market Report Allan Bentley Genesus Sales Representative USA   We have increased packing capacity coming up and that has been the talk of the industry. There has been sow expansion and will continue to see more as we fill this new capacity.   Looking forward I am very concerned that the industry has forgotten

Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium

    The National Pork Board has announced that its first-ever Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions. “The symposium

July Hog Margin Watch

    Margins deteriorated over the first half of July due to a combination of lower hog prices and slightly higher feed costs, particularly for soybean meal. Hog finishing margins are now back to well below historical averages, at around the bottom quartile of profitability over the previous decade. The exception is the spot Q3

Net Returns Per Hog More Important than Pushing Improved Production

Author(s): Patience, J.P. and Lee Whittington Publication Date: January 1, 2005 Reference: Centred on Swine Volume 12 Number 1 Country: Canada   Summary: What would an extra $5 to $10 per market hog mean to Alberta pork producers? It’s a huge amount of money that farmers can potentially capture by fine-tuning their feeding and operational management, says Dr. Patience.

The Limitations of Seasonality Data

  Many hog producers look to seasonal price trends for guidance with their hedging decisions. For example, we generally expect cash hogs prices and hog margins to rise through the spring and summer. As temperatures rise, market weights decline along with pork production at a time of year where pork demand tends to peak. In

Farm Bureau Tells Congress: Farms Need Tax Relief Now

  Farm and ranch families need a permanent tax code that boosts the agricultural economy and frees them to reinvest in their businesses, Scott VanderWal, a South Dakota farmer, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy today. “Farmers and ranchers operate under tight profit margins, often for rates of return that are

CIH Hog Margin Watch

  With the exception of the spot Q3 marketing period, hog margins deteriorated further in the second half of June, following a rally in feed costs that more than offset higher hog prices during the period. USDA released a few key reports at the end of the month, including the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs, the