The pain associated with castration continues to be an animal welfare concern. In an effort to improve animal welfare, the German Parliament had outlawed castration without anaesthesia in 2013. It actually was not until  January 1, 2021, that castration...
  Somewhere along the way, I realized I wasn’t the youngest one in the room anymore. Over time, I was drawn to helping mentor and develop young people on the teams I was on. Then, I lead teams that were full...
312-242-7905  Wednesday, October 26, 2022  GRAINS:   The battle between strong crush markets and excellent domestic demand versus lousy, totally lousy export demand continues in force. The result is a sideways corn market and a soybean market that juts back and forth with no follow...
A lot of variables go into calculating cost of production. Besides your standard list of inputs, have you also included the cost of inflation? Inflation is running over 8% year-to-date. Interest costs are increasing, and there’s uncertainty around basis...
Image courtesy of Pixabay My husband cooks a fantastic pork chop. He has the artistic passion and patience for cooking that pairs very nicely with his scientific knowledge of pigs and meat production; allowing him to identify a great chop...
312-242-7905  Friday, October 21, 2022  GRAINS:   Brazil owns the soybean market. Scary stuff. Consider this:   Brazil has increased soy acreage 40% over the last nine years.   They’re expanding again this year despite high fert prices.   Brazil is the low-cost soy producer in the...
In 2018, the voters of California supported Proposition 12 as an animal welfare measure that would ban the sale of pork in their state harvested from animals housed in pens smaller than 24 square feet. Prop 12 went into effect on Jan....
Producers need to establish a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with a licensed veterinarian. Antibiotics are used widely to fight bacterial infections in humans and animals. However, if the bacteria develop a resistance to that antibiotic, the drug becomes less effective...
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...
312-242-7905  Friday, October 14, 2022  GRAINS:   If you’re harvesting corn and placing it into storage, I highly recommend the bearish option strategy we executed yesterday; buying the Dec corn 690 put/selling 700 calls on either side of even money. At this moment, you’d have to...
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