This past week I was at PigSki at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. At the same time, a major winter storm brought snow to much of the upper Midwest. As I write this another storm is racing across the mid-plains, bringing more snow to the region.

While it may still be winter in the US, now is the time to begin implementing summer management strategies. The pigs you are placing into finishers this week will be going to market in June. You may recall that the last week in June last year was among the hottest of the year.

Weight gain in summer has a different value than winter gain. Historically the highest cash prices are in the summer months while sale weights are the lowest of the year. This suggests you can afford to spend management time and some dollars on strategies that maximize carcass weight sold.

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