Last week’s grain stocks report shock wave is still rumbling through the swine industry. One of the first responses several production systems have made to the lowered feed grain price has been to make plans to increase sales weight as rapidly as possible in anticipation of a summer drop in weight.

With cheaper feed prices coming next year (we’re all counting on closer to normal crop yields in the U.S.) many production systems are targeting a return to higher slaughter weights with several also targeting investments in new production flows. Several large sow units are being constructed in the US this summer with the first pigs anticipated to begin hitting the market in late summer of 2014.

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