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Good day! I am Wanda Patsche, blogger for Minnesota Farm Living. You will find posts about farm life, my passions and pertinent agricultural issues. Consider this an extended hand to help you understand where your food comes from. So...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Who would have thought on a week in November U.S. pork cut-outs would hit 90.12₵ lb. in the midst of record slaughter (last week 2,749,000).  Pork isn’t 90₵ because buyers want to pay more....
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Last Friday China and the United States agreed to a phase 1 trade deal with lots of details. The main point for ag is the China commitment to purchase $50 billion in agriculture...
The year 2020 has been anything but normal.  I think we can all agree that the hog and pork markets are as volatile as ever!  In recent years, this industry has undergone PEDV, African Swine Fever, and now Covid-19. ...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   Last week was another topsy turvy week for the Swine Industry. Our observations.  Lean hogs average Last Thursday 53-54% U.S. lean hogs averaged 82.84¢ lb. The week of July 20th they were 71¢ lb. a...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics As we wrote last week Farrow to Finish Pig Producers are not having much joy! Average losses are in $15-$20 per head range. The reality of the more hogs you have the more you...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics One thing there seems to be an agreement on with people we talk to is the number of empty finishers in the U.S. Of course, there are no real statistics on this but...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics “Anyone can raise hogs. But it takes a near Genius to make money doing it.” “Anyone can raise hogs. But it takes a near Genius to make money doing it.” -  The quote attributed to...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Last June China stopped purchasing Canadian Pork. Up to that time in 2019 China’s pork imports from Canada were 15% of total imports, Just below Spain and Germany at about 18-20% each. The closure...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics U.S. hog slaughter continued unabated with 2,713,000 last week, jumping up from the two holiday-shortened weeks previous. We do expect weekly hog marketings to drop soon and/or hog weights to decline rapidly. U.S. average...
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