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Dairy Steers Can Be A Source of Additional Income

September 5, 2018

Low milk prices and tighter margins have dairy producers and those exiting the dairy industry looking for alternative sources of income. Feeding dairy steers can be a viable and profitable option to supplement farm income. Dairy operations already possess several assets that make up a successful dairy steer feedlot: a source of bull calves, a […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – September 3, 2018

September 4, 2018

Swine Feeding Projections – September 3, 2018 Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned and feeder pigs were both up moderately (+$4.52 and +$3.41/head, respectively). Expected lean hog values jumped modestly for both January/February and December/January marketings (+$1.07 and +$1.61/cwt, respectively). Feed costs -$1.00 per head: corn -$0.06/bushel, SBM -$2.50/ton, DDGS -$5.00/ton, lysine -$0.17/cwt, […]

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Form-A-Feed from the Outside Looking In

August 27, 2018

“Looking from the outside in, you can never understand it. Standing on the inside looking out, you can never explain it.” This quote has stuck with me throughout the summer. Before joining the Form-A-Feed team this summer as the Marketing Intern, I was just an average customer. As a customer you only see or hear […]

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Swine Feeding Projections – August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018 Hog Feeding Projections Changes week over week: Open-market value of weaned and feeder pigs were both up modestly (+$1.25 and +$1.59/head, respectively). Expected lean hog values jumped significantly for both January/February and December/January marketings (+$5.92 and +$3.48/cwt, respectively). Feed costs -$0.35-0.60 per head: corn -$0.06/bushel, SBM -$11.75/ton, DDGS +$4.50/ton, lysine unchanged, and […]

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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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Robotic Milking: Advice from Producers

August 3, 2018

As part of my summer internship with Form-A-Feed, I had the opportunity to visit with many dairy farmers in the Upper Midwest that are utilizing robotic milking systems.  During my visits with the robotic herds, I came across some common advice from those farmers:   Do your homework! Research robot brands and barn designs. Do […]

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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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