5 Tips to Cut Feed Costs

Hog and pork prices this year have already set records, and it’s not unrealistic to think that even more will develop. Of course, input costs, particularly those related to feed, also are setting records. Consequently, finding ways to cut feed costs and improve profitability prospects are daily priorities for all pork producers. FULL STORY »

Pork producers invited to two-state swine seminar

Pork producers in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota are invited to attend the Swine Production Seminar March 10 in Okoboji. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard Feeds are sponsoring the seminar for the second year. FULL STORY »

Pork genetics affects feed efficiency

Genetics play a big role in feed efficiency. The Pork Checkoff-has funded research to identify genes that impact feed efficiency in pigs. The research was designed to identify genetic markers for producers to use in marker-assisted selection programs to improve feed efficiency. Because feed-intake data is expensive to collect on individual finisher pigs, the Pork Checkoff made this investment so producers would have such trait data available to them. FULL STORY »

Combating high feed and production costs

It’s hardly news that pork producers today are facing near-record feed prices, and the outlook for the rest of 2011 does not look to reverse that trend in a positive way. However, there are always ideas to consider and techniques to try that may help blunt the upsurge in cost of production. FULL STORY »

Strategies to reduce swine feeding costs

Despite predictions of record-high market hog prices in 2011, swine producers will be challenged once again to achieve profits in their operations because of increasing feed ingredient costs. FULL STORY »

Standing up for science

The idea that modern technology must be part of the solution to feeding the world is gaining traction. But can producers link the science that supports it to this emerging imperative? FULL STORY »

Bill would eliminate ethanol subsidies, mandate

Rep. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.), would like to put an end to the subsidies for the ethanol industry. He has introduced legislation to rescind the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) - the so-called ethanol blender’s credit - and eliminate the prohibitive tariff on imported ethanol, ending taxpayer subsidies of the U.S. ethanol industry and opening the market to competition. FULL STORY »

Feed grain supplies unchanged; grain consuming animal units up slightly

U.S. total feed grain supplies for 2010/11, projected at 380.3 million metric tons, are unchanged from last month but down 17.5 million from last year. Food, seed, and, industrial use is increased by 1.8 million tons this month to 168.2 million, all due to increases in corn use. FULL STORY »

The supply of corn keeps getting smaller

675 million bushels of corn may seem like a lot, but that is only an 18 day supply for the US grain market, and that is the reason corn prices pushed above $7 Wednesday on the CME. March corn did not close above that level, but settled at $6.98 per bushel following USDA’s February Supply and Demand report that indicated the ethanol industry was refining corn faster than previously thought. FULL STORY »

IPPA requests feedstock contingency plan

What if there is trouble with the 2011 growing season which results in a shortage of feedstocks? Or, what if there is a sudden increase in exports of a crucial feedstock such as corn, soybeans or wheat? FULL STORY »

NCGA leaders examine U.S. corn, DDGS markets in China

The potential for China to become a regular importer of U.S. corn, as well as market opportunities for U.S. distillers’ dried grains with solubles in China, were key segments of a trade mission National Corn Growers Association leadership participated in last week with the U.S. Grains Council. FULL STORY »

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