Hog Outlook: Slaughter & Export Demand Increases

Pork exports during April were up 2.2% compared to 12 months earlier. Pork imports were down 4.6%. In April, 5.5 pounds of pork were exported for each pound imported. During the first four months of 2010 pork exports were up 1.5% and imports down 3.5%. January-April exports to Japan, our biggest foreign customer, were down 7.1% but shipments to Mexico and Canada were up 25.7% and 10.6%, respectively.

US Cash Hogs Midday: Bids Flat To Lower; Plants Full This Week

Cash hog prices across the Midwest near midday Thursday are flat to lower on slow buying interest from packers since most plants are full for this week.

Profits From Hog Production Paying Debts

Bloomberg reports U.S. hog producers are turning a profit for the first time since 2007, but their profits are paying off debt rather than expanding their operation. FULL STORY »

Roberts Report: Beef Prices Struggling, Corn Yields Expected Higher On Excellent Growing Conditions

The struggling European economy looks like it is finally impacting U.S. beef sales even though some export markets are still supporting beef prices. Weakening processing margins could limit how much packers are willing to pay this week. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: U.S. Pork Exports Higher, Brazil Demand 12 Percent Higher

The FAS expects the amount of pork moving in international trade will be up 2-4% this year. They are forecasting increased pork imports by each of our top three foreign customers - Japan, Mexico and Canada. FULL STORY »

Video: Animal Abuse Response Play video

Virginia Farm Bureau member Margaret Ann Smith says she and her fellow livestock producers are outraged and upset over the recent video showing alleged animal abuse at a dairy in Ohio. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Lower Prices The Last Two Weeks May Reflect A Slowdown In Retail Movement

The lower hog prices the last two weeks may reflect a slowdown in retail movement. Hog prices quickly moved higher in April and May. Those prices are now showing up in the meat case. Hopefully, the upcoming three day weekend will bring lots of grilling and a need for stores to restock next week. FULL STORY »

Thompson Trading: Live Cattle Rebound Overnight, Corn Remains Range Bound

Live cattle have rebounded from yesterday's loss in the overnight trade. Opening above $90.40 the market can push up to $91.15 before seeing solid resistance.

Roberts Report: Feeder Cattle Finish Lower, Chinease Demand Lifts Corn Amid Stronger Dollar

Feeder cattle finished lower on sell orders triggered when nearbys fell below recent low prices. Spreading was noted as traders bought the May and sold the August contracts. Lower live-cattle, funds wary of the European economic situation, and small gains in corn prices pressured feeders. FULL STORY »

Nutrient Testing Lowers Feed Costs, Improves Productivity

Feed systems consisting of high quality nutrients promote healthy, peak-performing animals, higher carcass weights and leaner meats. Proper nutrient management also controls your operating costs.

Family Fun Planned For World Pork Expo

There’s always something for everyone at World Pork Expo, and this year’s event is no different. Whether you’re a child, or a child at heart, check out some of these festivities that await you on June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

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