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Swine Feeding Projections – April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – April 2, 2018 Changes over the previous two weeks: Open-market purchase prices were down modestly for both weaned and feeder pigs (-$2.16 and -$1.14/head, respectively) Modest gains in predicted lean hog values for both the August/September and July/August markets (+$1.00 and +$2.05/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$1.35-1.45 per head: corn +$0.16/bushel, SBM […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – March 26, 2018

March 29, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – March 26, 2018 Changes over the previous two weeks: Open-market purchase prices were down sharply for both weaned and feeder pigs (-$6.43 and -$12.95/head, respectively) Predicted lean hog values were down sharply for weaned pigs placed this week all are now projected to market beyond August (-$9.85/cwt). July marketings also fell, […]

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14 On-Farm Ways to Lower Feed Cost

March 20, 2018

Based on the Minnesota Farm Business Management annual report, feed costs represent 40 to 60% of the total cost of producing milk on dairy farms (this includes heifers & dry cows also).  Prices paid for purchased commodities or forages greatly impact feed cost and farm profitability.  Dairy farmers have little control over these prices, unless […]

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Cattle Feeding Projections – March 2018

March 16, 2018

Cattle Feeding Projections – March 2018 Large sections of the southern plains and the southwest have been experiencing dry conditions since the fourth quarter of 2017 (25% of the domestic cattle inventory is within areas experiencing drought). This has reduced the availability of wheat pasture for grazing and pushed more of the lighter feeder cattle […]

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Form-A-Feed Professional Beef Conference: A Lesson in Thriving

March 15, 2018

If you missed the 2018 Professional Beef Conference you sure missed a seminar packed full of take-home applications and points to ruminate on. How do we go from Surviving to Thriving? Our keynote speaker Mark Jewell helped our audience bring home the seven steps to work towards thriving. Each step will bring a lot of […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – March 12, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were down sharply for weaned pigs (-$11.00/head) while feeder pig prices fell just slightly (-$1.02/head). Predicted lean hog values were down sharply for weaned pigs placed this week as a portion will now market beyond the August market (-$6.78/cwt). July marketings […]

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Mayer Ranch Awarded Form-A-Feed Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award

March 7, 2018

LARCHWOOD, IA – Mayer Ranch of Pukwana, South Dakota was awarded the 2018 Form-A-Feed Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award at the Form-A-Feed Professional Beef Conference at Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, IA on February 21, 2018. This is the 4th year Form-A-Feed has awarded an Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award at their annual […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – March 5, 2018

March 6, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – March 5, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market purchase prices were down moderately for weaned pigs (-$5.75/head) while feeder pig prices continued upward (+$2.67/head). Predicted lean hog values were down modestly for both August and June/July marketings (-$2.46 and -$1.93/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$0.30-0.40 per head: corn +$0.01/bushel, SBM +$9.00/ton, DDGS […]

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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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