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Swine Feeding Projections – November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – November 19, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs was steady for the week, while feeder pig values jumped (+$4.00/head) on light receipts. Open-market weaned pig profitability of $15-16 per head are projected. Feeder pig profitability turned positive this week and is projected at $4-$5 per head.

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November 2018 Form-A-Feed Cattle Projections

November 19, 2018

November Cattle Feeding Projections Another month of cattle feeding and crazy weather! November projections still seemingly pointed up and down depending on how well managed one can maintain their cattle and facilities and manage their risk. Some items to note for November: Cattle continue to trickle in amongst farmers trying to get the remaining crop […]

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Back to Basics: 7 Tips for Weaning Pigs to Eat

November 15, 2018

According to research conducted at Kansas State University, pigs that barely maintain their weaning weight during the first week may take an extra 10 to 20 days to reach market weight, compared to pigs that grow at their pre-weaning gain rates during the same period.  In today’s hog market, that is an extra 10 to […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections for November 12, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned pigs increased (+$3.00/head), while feeder pig values also jumped (+$3.00/head). Open-market weaned pig profitability of $3-4 per head are projected. Feeder pig profitability is projecting a loss of $2-$3 per head prior to switching to the June futures marketing’s.

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5 Areas of Focus to Maximize Peak Production

November 7, 2018

The lactation curve of milk production on some farms can be complicated. The question of how we get more production from cows comes up in many conversations between nutritionists and their producer customers. A “normal” lactation curve can be broken down to some simple basic principles. One of those basic principles is: The higher the […]

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Bridging the Fall Gap with Lic Tubs

October 30, 2018

In the fall, some farmers have the privilege to get in fields and harvest their crops while others must wait patiently until just the right time. As many people do when harvest season comes around, we get busy.  We put blinders on to anything that is not harvest related. We get focused on one thing, […]

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October 2018 Form-A-Feed Cattle Feeding Projections

October 22, 2018

Oct. 2018 Cattle Projections   Oct. 2018 Profit Projection News:   Native Cattle: Estimated cattle on feed reports continue to climb month over month with this past month being no different. The cattle on feed live cattle marketing report that came up this past Friday was once again up 5% over the past year totaling […]

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Enhance Liver Function and Improve Performance in the Transition Period

October 9, 2018

It is calving season! A lot of calves have already hit the ground. Although we focus on making sure the calf receives a clean and adequate amount of colostrum, cows also need special attention during the transition period (21 days before and 21 days after calving). Fine-tuning during this phase can set up the potential […]

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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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Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome in Swine

September 9, 2018

Hemorrhagic bowel syndrome demands our attention because in the past few years, we have seen it increase in occurrence without clearly identifiable reasons. Some call it the “stealth bomber of swine disease.” It strikes suddenly, without warning. It kills quickly, often taking the best pigs. And it frequently leaves the producer wondering what struck his […]

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