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...
Rotavirus infections in pigs have been around for decades. But in the last several years, the virus has re-appeared, causing diarrhea in neonatal and post-weaned pigs that impedes their growth for life. “Rotavirus persists in the environment, including the sow,...
312-242-7905  Wednesday, October 12, 2022  GRAINS:    Grains are lower with crop ratings improving and traders are squaring up ahead of the supply/demand report scheduled for release later today. I’ve always felt that yield would come in better than expected. The market (corn) eventually convinced...
U.S. farm equity in 2022 is 27.7% higher than it was in 2017 and 42.7% higher than it was in 2012.  During the last 10 years, net farm income was above the long-run average (i.e., average from 2007 to...
312-242-7905  Friday, October 7, 2022  LEAN HOGS:  The Sep unemployment rate stands at 3.5% and the U.S. economy created 263,000 jobs during Sep compared with expectations of 275,000. No matter how you slice it, no matter what the stock market does today, this information...
Research for piglet survival requires hundreds of replicates per treatment to achieve adequate statistical power. Reminiscing back to my family’s 50-head pure-line sow herd in the 1980s, I recall we on occasion had a sow that barely fit into the...
Sow in Straw, Penn State Extension As a pig producer, managing heat loss during winter months can be a struggle for the health of your pigs and your profits, particularly for pigs that are housed predominantly outside or in unheated...
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