USA – Default

USA – Default

The USDA’s Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities program represents an investment of over $3.1 billion into US agriculture.  The statistics for the program huge:  USDA selected 141 proposals from corporations, non-profits, and universities were selected to study ways to increase...
Growing and finishing pigs require access to feed and water for growth. Two main types of feeders are found in swine barns, namely dry feeders and wet-dry feeders. The conventional dry feeders provide feed only, and water is accessed...
312-242-7905  Wednesday, February 1, 2023   GRAINS:   Yesterday corn open interest was slightly higher, soybean OI took a large jump and meal OI was unchanged. I wonder if the funds are about done with this buying binge? It’s my opinion that corn prices are vulnerable...
LEAN HOGS: Open interest edged higher by 672 cars yesterday. Cash is strong and I’m hearing from multiple sources that packers are concerned, big time, about not having enough hogs to meet their demand needs. There’s a story out by...
Proper handling and transporting of pigs to market is the final step in raising pigs. Following these basic but necessary steps helps to ensure the farmer can capitalize on the significant dollars they have invested in and worked hard...
In my consulting practice, one of the more common issues I encounter is a lack of alignment between nutrition strategies and feeding strategies. Effectively and efficiently meeting the nutritional needs of our animals requires careful coordination among nutritionists, the...
There are a number of zoonotic infectious diseases that have the ability to cross from animals to humans and humans to animals. “Zoonotic spillover” describes the transmission of a pathogen from a vertebrate animal to a human. Examples of Zoonotic...
Originally printed in The LAND - as January 5, 2024 Swine & U column The term sustainability is ubiquitous in modern agriculture, perhaps ad nauseam. While the common desire is to be infinite – as one farmer suggested as a...
Disease does not stop at the sow farm; biosecurity protocols are beneficial in protecting our pigs when implemented in wean-to-finish sites. A helpful strategy to apply biosecurity is to remember the 5 P’s: Pigs, People, Products, Property, and Pests....
Heavy rain pounded China’s central province of Henan in the past four days. At least 25 people were killed, and over 100,000 people have been forced to flee to safe ground. The hardest hit area was the capital city of...
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