With feed accounting for 65 percent to 75 percent of the total cost of raising pigs, its price is a major factor for producers’ profitability or losses.

The 2009 outlook for feed prices and a plan for purchasing feed ingredients will be addressed in an upcoming PorkCast online seminar program December 9th from 1 - 2 pm.  Mark Schultz, North Star Commodities, will be providing information on options and plans for buying and pricing feed ingredients in 2009. 

Interested individuals can access the free program live via the internet at www.extension.umn.edu/swine/porkcast by connecting to the website a few minutes before the 1:00 pm start time.  An archived copy of the program will also be made available on the same website a few days after the program airs. 

PorkCast online seminars are provided by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Pork Board, and are designed to provide management-level information on current issues affecting the pork industry.  Past programs are available to download and view on the PorkCast website at www.extension.umn.edu/swine/porkcast

Questions regarding PorkCast programs or connections can be directed to Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educator, at whitn007@umn.edu or (507) 389-5541.

Source: University of Minnesota