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Cattle Feeding Projections – November 2017

November 16, 2017

Cattle Feeding Projections – November 2017 Feedlot placements continued their torrid pace as September numbers were up 13% over the same month a year prior. With feeder calf prices holding relatively steady while yearlings have jumped substantially (+$10-15/cwt), the calf-yearling spread has narrowed significantly. This indicates moving calves to wheat pasture rather than directly to […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up slightly for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$0.69 and +$1.34 per head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were softer for both April/May and February/March marketings (-$0.51 and -$1.40/cwt, respectively). Feed costs -$0.40-0.50 per head: corn -$0.07/bushel, SBM +$1.00/ton, DDGS +$1.25/ton, […]

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Five High Value Tools That Help Improve Forage Quality

November 9, 2017

Forage producers know they must pay attention to details when focusing on forage quality. Both old and new tools can be used to help improve forage Best Management Practices (BMP’s). Following are some of the most common, useful tools. Forage Analysis Reports: Fermented forage volatile fatty acid (VFA) analyses, coupled with forage nutrient measurements have […]

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Get to Know the Tend-R-Leen® Dairy-Beef Program

November 7, 2017

When the Tend-R-Leen Dairy-Beef Program was introduced in 1963, it was the first no-roughage dairy-beef program on the market.  At that time, the competition said it would never work.  Today, Tend-R-Leen is still the leading, most profitable low-roughage, high energy program on the market. The idea of raising steers on a no-roughage ration was a […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – November 6, 2017 Changes week over week: • Open-market purchase prices were stronger for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$4.18 and +$3.52 per head, respectively) • Predicted lean hog values were up modestly for April/May (+$2.26/cwt), but softer for February/March marketings (-$1.20/cwt). • Feed costs +$0.40 per head: corn +$0.01/bushel, SBM […]

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Rumen Health: Challenges and Solutions

November 2, 2017

Rumen health is extremely important to farm profitability. Rumen disturbances can result in inadequate animal performance and cost farms a lot of milk. “Feed the bugs first, then the cows.” There is a lot of truth in this statement. After all, feedstuff passing the rumen undergoes an extensive process of fermentation by the microorganism before […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – October 30, 2017

November 2, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – October 30, 2017 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were stronger for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$2.84 and +$2.48 per head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were up moderately for both March/April (+$2.98/cwt) and February/March marketings (+$3.08/cwt). Feed costs +$0.50 per head: corn -$0.04/bushel, SBM +$2.50/ton, DDGS +$3.25/ton, lysine […]

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Troy Brown Joins Form-A-Feed as Forage Product Manager

October 23, 2017

Troy Brown of Reedsville, WI joined the Form-A-Feed team as the Forage Product Line Manager in September 2017. Troy has over 30 years of practical forage management experience that he brings to the Form-A-Feed team, and has a deep understanding of all aspects of forage best management practices, fermentation, and forage microbial technology. His role […]

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October 2017 Cattle Feeding Projections

October 23, 2017

October 2017 Cattle Feeding Projections U.S. beef production continued its accelerated pace and is expected to be up 4.2% by year’s end over 2016. This trend is anticipated to continue through 2019 with projected increases of 3-5% and 1-4% for 2018 and 2019, respectively. Fed cattle slaughter for the week ending October 7 was up […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 Hog Feeding Projections Swine Feeding Projections changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were stronger for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$3.55 and +$4.64 per head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were up moderately for both March/April (+$2.26/cwt) and February/March marketings (+$1.62/cwt). Feed costs +$0.20-0.50 per head: corn +$0.05/bushel, SBM -$9.50/ton, DDGS […]

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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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