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Hams and Bellies Showing Signs of a Top Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle Tuesday December 12, 2017 LEAN HOGS The early call looks flat to lower for cash hog prices. The kill for this week is stacking up large, currently projected to be 2.556 million pigs, or about 20,000 larger than last week. Historically these are very large kills, record large kills. Tack on an extra four to five pounds and you're talking about an unheard of amount of pork being shoved into the pipeline. The cutout was down $2.01 yesterday and is showing signs of falling further. If hams and more >>
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
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Farmscape for December 12, 2017 Full Interview 7:42 Listen The Director of Risk Management with hams Marketing Services says lower than projected slaughter hog supplies have helped maintain steady live hog prices. Over the past couple of years the largest hog slaughter in the U.S. has come in mid to late December. Tyler Fulton, the Director of Risk Management with hams Marketing Services, says if we use that as a guide we can expect U.S. hog slaughter to push up to the high 2.55 or even to 2.6 million hogs in which case we would expect to see some pressure in more >>
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
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Introducing the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Program For many years, the Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA) Plus Program has been the core quality assurance certification program for youth that sell and exhibit their swine. Youth swine exhibitors need to become certified if they choose to sell their swine to a pork processor that requires certification. Some county fairs or livestock exhibitions also require youth swine exhibitors to become certified, including many where Michigan State University Extension Michigan 4-H youth participate. Designed by the National Pork Board, the YPQA Plus Program was created to educate youth producers and help to more >>
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
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Farmscape for December 12, 2017 Full Interview 13:07 Listen A retired Extension Educator in the area of workforce development and management for agriculture suggests, as the pork industry becomes more dependant on immigrant labor, it becomes important to incorporate different cultures into the culture of farm. As the result of increasing difficulty finding and attracting people who are willing to work on farms the pork sector has become more reliant on immigrant workers. Chuck Schwartau, a retired Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota in the area of workforce development and management for agriculture, notes we are finding immigrant workers are more >>
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
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Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Using current projected feed cost and current lean hog futures it appears the average profit potential for next twelve months should average about $20 US per head for farrow to finish operations. That's a very positive number, considering the industry noise, that expansion is happening. A real indicator of supply and demand it the cash price for early wean and feeder pigs. Last week, US cash early wean pigs averaged $57 at 40 lb while feeder pigs $68. Only three months ago feeder pigs were $35. The small pig market tells us there more >>
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
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