Swine Feeding Projections – October 9, 2017

October 11, 2017

October 9, 2017 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were stronger for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$4.02 and +$0.66 per head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were up modestly for March/April marketings (+$1.98/cwt) and sharply stronger for January/February marketings (+$5.66/cwt). Feed costs -$0.20-0.30 per head: corn -$0.04/bushel, SBM -$0.50/ton, DDGS […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – September 25th, 2017

September 28, 2017

September 25, 2017 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were stronger for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$1.16 and +$1.97 per head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were down slightly for February/March marketings (-$0.52/cwt) and flat for January marketings (+$0.03/cwt). Feed costs +$0.40-0.50 per head: corn +$0.03/bushel, SBM +$5.50/ton, DDGS +$1.25/ton, […]

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September 2017 Cattle Projections

September 28, 2017

Form-A-Feed provides monthly cattle feeding projections for various weights and types of cattle.  These projections provide a good estimate of the current cattle feeding climate.  Contact a Form-A-Feed representative for projections specifically tailored to your operation. September 2017 FAF Projections With the first half of 2017 behind us, it’s time for a review of the […]

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Swine Projections

September 14, 2017

Form-A-Feed provides monthly swine feeding projections to keep you in tune with the ever-changing market conditions and how these changes come together to affect profitability.  We have developed a profit analysis program called Results Driven Solutions (RDS) to assess customer profitability given a set of costs, production parameters, and market prices.  We have used this […]

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Keys to Preventing Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC)

September 5, 2017

In today’s commercial production facilities, biosecurity is essential for the improvement, maintenance and productivity of our farm animals. Disease outbreaks can have a tremendous negative impact by increasing mortality, increasing production costs, reducing productivity, and decreasing average daily gain which in turn affects the producers’ bottom line. One of the biggest contributors negatively affecting profitability […]

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Wood Joins Form-A-Feed Team as Dairy Production and Nutrition Specialist

August 31, 2017

Ian Wood of Sioux Falls, SD  joined the Form-A-Feed team as a Dairy Production and Nutrition Specialist in August 2017. Wood has been working in the dairy animal nutrition space for the past 26 years. He has served in the dairy production industry in multiple roles including Consulting Nutritionist, Dairy Technical Support Specialist, and Director […]

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Minimizing Heat Stress in Pigs

August 24, 2017

Managing heat stress is crucial in maximizing swine productivity and production. According to Iowa State University, heat stress causes an estimated $330 million in annual losses to the United States swine industry.  During heat stress, the pigs’ body experiences an increase in the blood plasma pH and a decrease in intracellular pH. The pig will […]

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Fine-tune your calf barn cleaning procedures

August 7, 2017

What sets farms with great calf health apart from those that struggle to get calves started? Sanitation. It is a bigger investment of time than money and is certainly near the top of the list of important criteria for getting calves off to a good start. The fewer disease-causing organisms the calf is exposed to, […]

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21 Management Practices to Keep Cattle on Feed During the Heat

July 24, 2017

Summer heat is here and with that comes all the extra work to maintain cattle performance. Aside from using Hydro-Lac® in your feedlot ration, what else do we need to worry about and be checking on during the heat to make sure ration consistency stays palatable? Yards that have less feed drops due to heat […]

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VFD in the Swine Industry: Why It’s Important to Track Antibiotic Usage

July 12, 2017

Antibiotic usage is a key issue that the pork industry will always face, and the pressures of it will only continue to increase in the future. With the Veterinary Feed Directive put into effect at the start of January 2017, many livestock producers are still adjusting, even swine producers. Any swine producer that doesn’t have […]

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Making the Most of Your Hay

June 22, 2017

With early season drought conditions spreading from the eastern half of Montana, across the Dakotas, and into northwest Minnesota, finding high quality pasture and range land has been a challenge. With limited grazing resources, many cattle producers have been forced to turn to hay or other harvested forage much earlier in the season than usual. […]

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Setting Your Fresh Cows Up for Success with Hydro-Lac®

June 20, 2017

Returning fresh cows to positive energy balance as fast as you can after calving is the end goal of any transition program.  We do this by feeding a well-balanced, consistent particle length pre-fresh ration to maximize dry matter intake.  At the same time, we provide a clean, comfortable, well-ventilated facility and try not to overcrowd […]

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