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Feed Cost Indices for Laying Hens in 2023

This article discussed recent trends in feed costs for laying hens.  Current projections suggest that feed costs for 2023 will be slightly lower than those experienced in 2022.

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Prospects for Swine Feed Costs in 2023

Corn prices are 25% higher and soybean meal prices are 1% higher. Given that many of the supply and demand factors impacting the 2022 crop are going to persist way into 2023, what are the prospects for feed costs for farrow-to-finish and swine finishing production in the upcoming year?

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Purdue Farm Management Tour & Indiana Master Farmer Reception

The Purdue University Farm Management Tour returned in 2022 with three outstanding farms hosting visitors wanting to learn about farm and crop management on July 19 and July 20. Participants toured three of Indiana’s most innovative farms located in Tipton and Clinton counties and celebrate the 2022 Indiana Master Farmers.

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Impact of Higher Corn Prices on Feeding Cost of Gain and Net Returns for Cattle Finishing

Given that the U.S. stocks to use ratio is currently only 9.6 percent and continued questions related to U.S. corn acreage in 2022, there is tremendous uncertainty regarding corn prices for the rest of this year. To address this uncertainty, this article examines the impact of relatively high corn prices on feeding cost of gain and net returns for cattle finishing.

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Exports Continue to Be A Bright Spot for U.S. Pork Sector

Exports of U.S. pork to all destinations in 2021 declined modestly (3%) when compared to 2020, but export volume in 2021 was still the second largest on record. U.S. pork production declined 2% in 2021 to 27.7 billion pounds so pork exports, at just over 7 billion pounds, equated to 25% of U.S. pork production.

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Cattle Finishing Net Returns Prospects for 2022

Due to relatively strong fed cattle prices, cattle finishing net returns ended 2021 on a positive note.  Will these positive net returns continue into 2022?  This article examines feeding cost of gain, breakeven prices, and net return estimates for 2021, and provides projections for the first half of 2022.

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Prospects for Swine Feed Costs in 2022

Given the uncertainty related to supply and demand, feed prices are likely to remain volatile during the 21/22 marketing year. This article examines trends in feed costs as well as the impact of corn and soybean meal prices on feed costs for farrow-to-finish and swine finishing operations.

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Pork Belly Price Strength Leads the Way Among Pork Cuts

The pandemic disrupted food production, processing, distribution, and consumption across the board. As a result, dramatic shifts in price relationships have become commonplace. Examining changes in these price relationships can provide clues to shifting interest among consumers for food items, including various pork cuts.

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Factors Impacting Feeding Cost of Gain

Purdue ag economist Michael Langemeier discusses the key factors impacting feeding cost of gain in commercial feedlots.

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Exports More Important to Pork than Beef or Chicken

It’s no surprise that exports are an important market outlet for U.S. pork production. But did you know that exports are even more important to the pork industry than they are to either the beef or poultry industries?

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