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Swine Feeding Projections – February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – February 26, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were down modestly for weaned pigs (-$2.12/head) while feeder pig prices continued upward (+$1.87/head). Predicted lean hog values were up nicely for both July/August and June/July marketings (+$2.94 and +$3.74/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$0.50-0.60 per head: corn +$0.03/bushel, SBM +$8.00/ton, DDGS […]

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Stay the Course in Tough Times

February 26, 2018

As 2018 arrives, so do many new opportunities. However as many know, it also ushers in a period of lower milk prices. In these tough times, there is a real desire for strong communication between myself as a dairy nutrition specialist, and my clients. Being united as a team will bring answers to questions that […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – February 19, 2018

February 20, 2018

February 19, 2018 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were down moderately for weaned pigs (-$4.08/head) while feeder pig prices finally rebounded modestly after falling the previous week (+$1.38/head). Predicted lean hog values were up nicely for both July/August and June/July marketings (+$2.01 and +$1.41/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$1.00-1.50 per head: […]

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Cattle Feeding Projections – February 2018

February 18, 2018

Cattle Feeding Projections – February 2018 The January 1 USDA Cattle Report delivered the expected news of a larger cattle herd over the year prior, though numbers were at the lower end of pre-report estimates. A few highlights: All cattle and calves +0.7% year over year. Beef cows and heifers calved +1.6% year over year […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – February 12, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up slightly for weaned pigs (+$0.67/head) while feeder pig prices finally stopped their upward climb and fell significantly (-$6.00/head). Predicted lean hog values were down substantially for both July/August and May/June marketings (-$4.51 and -$4.25/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$0.50-0.60 per […]

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Swine Industry in 2017: A Year of Change and Expansion

February 5, 2018

Change is the only constant and the swine industry was a prime example of this old adage over the past year. 2017 opened with a major change: the implementation of the updated Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The new VFD regulations tightened control over the use of antimicrobials in livestock feed and placed the use of […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – February 5, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up slightly for weaned pigs (+$0.36/head) while feeder pig prices continued their strong upward trend (+$2.32/head). Predicted lean hog values were up modestly for both July/August and May/June marketings (+$0.32 and +$1.20/cwt, respectively). Feed costs virtually unchanged per head: corn […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – January 29, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were weaker for weaned pigs (-$1.77/head), but feeder pig prices continued their upward trend (+$1.30/head). Predicted lean hog values were down modestly for both July and May/June marketings (-$1.31 and -$1.49/cwt, respectively). Feed costs up sharply at +$1.60-1.70 per head: corn […]

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Form-A-Feed Announces Scholarships for Students Pursuing Agriculture

January 26, 2018

Form-A-Feed is proud to present two $500 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to students interested in pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree to a college or university and pursuing agriculture. The scholarship is eligible to high school seniors and first year college students who obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and are accepted […]

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Dreier Dairy and Skyview Dairy Awarded Form-A-Feed Outstanding Dairyman Award

January 25, 2018

Dreier Dairy, Larry & Debbie Dreier of Norwood Young America, MN, and Skyview Dairy, the Luthens family of Hutchinson, MN were awarded the 2017 Form-A-Feed Outstanding Dairyman of the Year Award at the Form-A-Feed Professional Dairy Conference at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, MN on January 18th, 2018. This is the 8th year […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – January 22, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were weaker for weaned pigs (-$1.88/head), but feeder pig prices continued their upward trend (+$2.79/head). Predicted lean hog values were up moderately for both June/July and May/June marketings (+$1.20 and +$3.23/cwt, respectively) Feed costs up sharply at +$1.20 per head: corn […]

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Cattle Feeding Projections – January 2018

January 22, 2018

Cattle Feeding Projections – January 2018 Estimated cattle on feed numbers for January were up 1.2 million head over a year ago. While there are increases in all weight brackets, the largest increase is in lightweight feeder calves. A mild November and first half of December allowed for rapid growth and pushed carcass weights over […]

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