News

Swine Feeding Projections – January 1, 2018

January 3, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – January 1, 2018 Changes week over week: • Open-market purchase prices held relatively steady for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$0.23 and -$0.45 per head, respectively). • Predicted lean hog values were up slightly for both June/July and April/May marketings (+$0.57 and +$0.15/cwt, respectively) • Feed costs +$0.10-0.25 per head: corn […]

Read More

10 Winter Care Tips for Better Calf Health

December 28, 2017

Snow has blanketed many areas of the country, and temperatures have dipped below freezing! Use these practical tips to make sure your calves are ready for the cold. 1. Check the feeding temperature of your milk and colostrum. Milk cools quickly when exposed to the colder environmental temperatures and poured into cold bottles or buckets. If you […]

Read More

Swine Feeding Projections – December 26, 2017

December 26, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – December 26, 2017 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up moderately for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$3.94 and +$4.27 per head, respectively). Predicted lean hog values were stronger for both May/June and April/May marketings (+$1.78 and +$4.35/cwt, respectively) Feed costs +$0.60-0.70 per head: corn +$0.08/bushel, SBM -$5.50/ton, DDGS […]

Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Professional Dairy Conference

December 19, 2017

Form-A-Feed’s Dairy Conference is coming up on January 18-19th, 2018 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Red Wing, MN.  This is a conference dairy producers shouldn’t miss! Here’s why: You will learn about business strategies to take your dairy operation from Surviving to Thriving! Our theme for this year’s conference, and our keynote speaker topic […]

Read More

Swine Feeding Projections – December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – December 18, 2017 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up significantly for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$6.16 and +$4.53 per head, respectively). Predicted lean hog values were slightly stronger for both May/June and April/May marketings (+$0.85 and +$0.78/cwt, respectively) Feed costs +$0.40-0.60 per head: corn +$0.03/bushel, SBM -$6.75/ton, […]

Read More

Cattle Feeding Projections – December 2017

December 12, 2017

Cattle Feeding Projections – December 2017 Strong feeder cattle demand and increased placements (+9% YTD) have continued to support higher cash feeder calf prices (+21.6% year over year). The feeder vs. fed price spread has climbed steadily throughout 2017 until its peak in October. It has tempered over the past 4-6 weeks, but remains near […]

Read More

Swine Feeding Projections – December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – December 11, 2017 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up modestly for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$1.56 and +$2.01 per head, respectively). Predicted lean hog values were stronger for May/June marketings (+$1.31/cwt), but slightly softer for March/April marketings (-$0.30/cwt) for the second consecutive week. Feed costs -$0.70-0.90 per […]

Read More

Improving Iron Status in Piglets

December 6, 2017

Piglets have about 50 mg of iron at birth. Due to their fast growth rate, pigs need 8 to 16 mg of iron per day. Thus, piglets can become deficient in iron within three days of age if not given supplemental iron due to sow’s milk being very low in iron (about 1 ppm). The […]

Read More

Swine Feeding Projections – December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – December 4, 2017 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were up moderately for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$3.78 and +$2.91 per head, respectively). Predicted lean hog values were stronger for May/June marketings (+$1.38/cwt), but slightly softer for March/April marketings (-$0.11/cwt). Feed costs +$0.70-0.80 per head: corn +$0.07/bushel, SBM +$3.75/ton, […]

Read More

Swine Feeding Projections – November 27, 2017

November 28, 2017

Swine Feeding Projections – November 27, 2017 Changes over the past two weeks: Open-market purchase prices were up sharply for both weaned and feeder pigs (+$9.09 and +$8.80 per head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were stronger for both April/May and March/April marketings (+$2.45 and +$1.09/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$0.60-0.70 per head: corn +$0.01/bushel, SBM […]

Read More

Preparing for Winter Cattle Feeding

November 27, 2017

It doesn’t seem possible that winter cattle feeding weather is here; yet if you go outside on days like today you are reminded how quickly mother nature changes the rules from those beautiful fall days. We always hear about how much summer heat stress results in total dollars lost to the cattle industry, and yet […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More