Profit tracker: Producer margins continue eroding

For the week ending Aug. 10, pork producer profit margins fell nearly $8 per head from the prior week. The continued erosion in margins follows record-high feed prices resulting from the 2012 drought. Packer margins meanwhile have turned positive, though barely, FULL STORY »

Commentary: Opening a window to your world

The drought has made it tough to find a bright spot in agriculture this summer. But find one I did, this week as I traveled to see the beginnings of Legacy Farms and the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure Center. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Corn, soybeans at record highs

Hog prices declined again last week. The national average negotiated carcass price for direct delivered hogs on Friday morning report was $87.37 per hundredweight, down $1.09 from the previous Friday. Retail pork prices in June declined for the fourth consecutive month. FULL STORY »

Codex moves ahead with ractopamine standards

At the Codex meeting, taking place this week iin Rome, participating member countries expressed their views on the safety of ractopamine. On Thursday, the member countries voted in favor of the adoption of standards for Maximum Residue Levels for ractopamine. According to NCBA Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons, this is a victory for U.S. cattlemen and women. FULL STORY »

United States hog inventory up 1 percent

In the quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report, USDA indicates that the U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2012 was 65.8 million head. That's up 1 percent from June 1, 2011, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2012. FULL STORY »

Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Sept. 18-19

The 73rd Minnesota Nutrition Conference will provide a forum for feed industry professionals to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition. Speakers will share the latest concepts in livestock feeding. FULL STORY »

Economist expects producer losses for rest of 2012

Near record-high feed prices and higher hog slaughter levels have nearly eliminated the profit opportunity for pork producers for rest of 2012, according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University agricultural economist. "The spring rally in hog prices just did not show up." FULL STORY »

Antibiotic residues in DDGS pose little risk

Bacterial contamination during the fermentation step of ethanol production can be a challenge and can reduce the yield by 1 percent to 5 percent, according to research estimates. Antibiotics are used to manage the problem, but are there other concerns? FULL STORY »

New program sets course for 30 PSY

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC has rolled out a new industry initiative – the “Feeding for 30 Program,” as part of its ongoing commitment to animal nutrition. The program builds on the industry goal of achieving 30 pigs per sow per year (PSY). FULL STORY »

Hog price decline due to several reasons

One reason for the recent hog price decline, the number of pigs per litter has risen each quarter since 2003. Another reason, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) predicts that 2012 world pork production will increase by 2.7 percent over 2011 levels. FULL STORY »

Hog futures sag amid low cash, cutout prices

Sagging hog prices are creating a lot of questions as to just why it's happening during a typically bullish season that usually supports the sector. Hog futures are struggling because of developments in the cash market, says Rich Pottorff, Doane chief economist.. FULL STORY »

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