USDA raises beef, pork price forecasts on drought, disease

Retail prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continue to rise on a combination of drought and disease, but overall food cost increases remain near long-term averages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Fall sale weights

Sale weights for the first 3 weeks of August typically are 96.8 percent of early January sale weights in the Iowa-Southern Minnesota market. When I average the Iowa-Southern Minnesota weekly live weight at slaughter data for the past ten years, sale weights begin their fall increase on week 33 of the year. FULL STORY »

Livestock Slaughter: Pork production drops 2%

Pork production totaled 1.80 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.46 million head, down 7 percent from July 2013. T FULL STORY »

Cold Storage: Frozen pork supplies down 3%

Total red meat supplies in freezers were up slightly from the previous month but down 10 percent from last year. FULL STORY »

Ag markets closed mostly higher again Friday

Corn traders seemed to focus on supportive factors Friday. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Farrow-to-finishers earned $107.25 per head in July

Calculations by Lee Schulz at Iowa State University indicate the typical Iowa farrow to finish operation earned a record profit of $107.25 per hog sold during July. That is $14.21 above the old record set the month before. The five most profitable months in history have all been this year. FULL STORY »

WTO rules against U.S. in meat label fight

A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the United States in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. FULL STORY »

Slaughter, hog weight adjustments raise second-half production

USDA reduced the third-quarter pork production forecast due to lower than expected hog slaughter numbers in July. FULL STORY »

Brenneman: “The sow can’t even turn around”

Did I capture your attention? It’s the phrase you see in every article against modern day pork production practices, and it’s meant to tug at your heartstrings and paint a restrictive and sad life for these animals. FULL STORY »

Photo of the Day: Keeping piglets safe

Minnesota pig farmer Lincoln Langhorst shares a look at why producers use farrowing crates to keep piglets safe, much like mothers who use bassinets to keep their babies safe. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets traded firmly Friday morning

Corn traders seem to be focusing supportive factors Friday. The private crop tour of the Midwest yielded huge corn production forecasts this week, but CBOT prices are apparently finishing the week strongly. FULL STORY »

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