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There are several factors related to dietary Ca that may influence digestibility of amino acids (AA). By chelating to dietary phytate, dietary Ca can form non-digestible Ca-phytate complexes, and this may result in reductions of P and AA digestibility....
About the Guest Jim Huang has 24 years of experience in the commodity futures industry. Starting as a data analyst with Thomson Reuters in St. Louis in 1998, then moved to Chicago in 2001. During his 11 years at the...
In a report last week, “The Ukraine Conflict and Other Factors Contributing to High Commodity Prices and Food Insecurity,” the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) indicated that, “A number of factors have converged over the last 18 months to...
One of the most common questions Daniel Brown, DVM, hears from swine clients is what vaccinations are needed and when should they be given. “That topic seems to come up on almost every farm visit,” he said. Brown works...
Brent Green Founder & Coach brent@agteambuild.com Phone: 785-979-0381 I’m Brent Green and I’ve been in the Ag Industry for more than 30 years. My calling is to ‘bring out the best’ in others. One of the ways I do this is through workshops and...
Financial Times opinion columnist Rana Foroohar indicated yesterday that, “We know that the war in Ukraine has led to sharp increases in prices for both food and fuel. This in turn has sparked concern that we may see a...
Gabriel T. Rubin reported on the front page of Friday’s Wall Street Journal that, “Rising energy, food and services prices pushed already elevated U.S. inflation to a 7.9% annual rate last month—another four-decade high—with oil and commodity market disruptions...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Last week we attended the Illinois Pork Expo held in Springfield, Illinois. Our observations. Illinois is the third-largest U.S. state with sows of 590,000. Iowa and North Carolina are first and second in sow...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Last week lean hog futures reached $1.10 lb. Friday, June – July months closed over $1.09 lb. It’s been inevitable that the lean hog price would go higher up 20¢ lb. from the...
Lameness issues continue to be a significant problem in sow herds, causing 40% to 50% of all sow removals, according to Bill Minton, DVM, Four Star Veterinary Service in Chickasaw, Ohio. “What hurts most is when the culling for lameness...
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