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January 2019 Cattle Feeding Projections

January 18, 2019

January 2019 Cattle Feeding Projections Welcome to the New Year! January has been a little bit confusing from a cattle feeding standpoint thus far. Mother Nature continues to throw her punches and keeps us all on our toes. Bedding and barns have sure become a hot commodity. The Live Cattle Futures have many of us […]

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December 2018 Cattle Feeding Projections

December 24, 2018

December 2018 Cattle Feeding Projections The month of December is proving to be an up and down ride for many cattle feeding operations.  Looking to the challenges we have faced this month include a very tight supply of distillers grains resulting in many high priced loads of distillers being delivered to the feedlot.  The ethanol […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – September 17, 2018

September 20, 2018

September 17 2018 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs increased modestly (+$1.95/head), while feeder pig values jumped sharply (+$9.45/head). Expected lean hog values jumped moderately for February/March marketings (+$1.79/cwt), but changed little for December/January marketings (+$0.04/cwt). Feed costs-$1.50-1.75 per head: corn -$0.18/bushel, SBM -$11.75/ton, DDGS +$3.75/ton, lysine unchanged, and […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – September 10, 2018

September 11, 2018

September 10 2018 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs increased modestly (+$3.41/head), while feeder pig values slipped slightly (-$0.34/head). Expected lean hog values jumped moderately for both February/March and December/January marketings (+$2.94 and +$2.47/cwt, respectively). Feed costs+$0.60-0.70 per head: corn +$0.04/bushel, SBM +$9.00/ton, DDGS +$0.50/ton, lysine unchanged, and fat […]

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September 2018 FAF Cattle Feeding Projections

September 11, 2018

September 2018 FAF Cattle Feeding Projections Year-to-date domestic production data through the end of last week as compared to 2017: Federally inspected slaughter +2.7%, 22.331 million head Cow slaughter +7.0%, 9.769 million head Carcass weight +0.3%, 812 pounds Beef production +3.0%, 18.125 billion pounds Changes month over month on our feeding projections: Mostly stronger feeder […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – August 20, 2018

August 22, 2018

August 20 2018 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: • Open-market value of weaned pigs was up modestly (+$3.35/head), but feeder pig values fell substantially (-$6.79/head). • Expected lean hog values jumped significantly for both January/February and November/December marketings (+$5.55 and +$7.17/cwt, respectively). • Feed costs -$0.05-0.20 per head: corn -$0.05/bushel, SBM +$0.50/ton, DDGS […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – August 13, 2018

August 12, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – August 13, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was down modestly (-$1.34/head), but feeder pig values bounced back moderately (+3.49/head). Expected lean hog values rebounded for both January/February and November/December marketings (+$2.43 and +$2.25/cwt, respectively). Feed costs -$0.80-1.00 per head: corn -$0.12/bushel, SBM -$5.50/ton, DDGS +$4.75/ton, lysine […]

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August 2018 Cattle Feeding Projections

August 9, 2018

August 2018 Cattle Feeding Projections Year-to-date domestic production data through the end of last week as compared to 2017: Federally inspected slaughter +2.9%, 19.184 million head Cow slaughter +6.8%, 9.174 million head Carcass weight +0.4%, 810 pounds Beef production +3.3%, 15.545 billion pounds   Changes month over month on our feeding projections: Softer feeder cattle […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – August 6, 2018

August 7, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – August 6, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned and feeder pigs was down modestly (-$1.67 and -$2.90/head, respectively) Expected lean hog values slipped for both January/February and November/December marketings (-$1.48 and -$1.80/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$0.60-0.80 per head: corn +$0.03/bushel, SBM -$4.00/ton, DDGS +$9.75/ton, lysine unchanged, and fat […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – July 30, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs firmed slightly (+$1.11/head) while feeder pig values tumbled (-$10.55/head). Expected lean hog values rebounded for both December/January and November/December marketings (+$1.20 and +$0.82/cwt, respectively). Feed costs +$1.50-1.75 per head: corn +$0.13/bushel, SBM +$9.00/ton, DDGS +$5.00/ton, lysine -$0.20/cwt, and fat […]

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CAPTURE Your Operation’s Full Potential During Heat Stress

July 25, 2018

Have you ever heard the saying “sweat like a pig?” I’m sure you have! The ironic thing is…pigs don’t sweat. I know— Earth shattering news. The fact that pigs don’t sweat leads them to be susceptible to heat stress. Heat stress is a commonly used term that becomes a sizzling topic in the livestock industry […]

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What Are Your Cows Telling You?

July 24, 2018

I often tell a dairy producer that I must speak for the cows when I am justifying the need to make a change to a feeding strategy, management protocol, facility design, and so on.   I don’t like to give human emotions and qualities to cows, but we often hear about the importance of having happy […]

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