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The longer-term economic implications of Brexit may be the most important and could reduce the rate of world economic growth. If Brexit does slow world income growth, that could be negative for global sales of pork and other U.S. agricultural products.Read More
Two important factors determining margins this year are the potential for higher pork exports and thus higher hog prices and the potential for higher feed prices. These are tugging at margins in opposite directions.Read More
In May of 2005, the newly formed Indiana State Department of Agriculture released its first strategic plan titled, Possibilities Unbound: The Plan for 2025. Among seven initiatives outlined, one focused on the opportunity for growth of the state’s pork industry. The report suggested that the size of the Indiana pork industry could double between 2005…Read More
Today, tissue test for various genetic markers can generate a surprising amount of information including estimates of feedlot performance for individual cattle. So, the economic question we explored was whether the returns of using the information exceeded the costs of the test.Read More
Communicating with our Consumers: What Do Pork Consumers Want? Are Agritourists More Supportive of Agriculture?
What do consumers want? Today they have quick and easy access to information from a wide breadth of sources across many subjects. This change occurred over the past two decades as technological innovations in communications exploded. The internet, smart phones and widespread use of computers revolutionized how and where people gained knowledge and shaped their…Read More
Cattle prices have had a rough spring. After peaking in late 2014 and early 2015, prices have been adjusting downward from very lofty peaks. High prices and profits at that time provided the incentives to expand beef production.Read More
This article discusses recent trends in feed costs for a dairy cow enterprise. A ration consisting of alfalfa, corn silage, corn, soybean meal, and supplements was used to create the feed cost indices.Read More
The nation’s pork producers have indicated to USDA that they are not expanding the breeding herd and, in fact, intend to reduce farrowings this spring and summer. This means pork supplies will be somewhat less than had been anticipated and that hog prices will be somewhat higher.Read More
Nothing like record cattle prices and profitability to get an industry excited about expansion. The latest USDA Cattle report shows a rapid expansion is underway with cattle and calf numbers up three percent and beef cow numbers up four percent in the past year.Read More
The outlook for the pork industry has turned somewhat more optimistic in recent weeks. The sources of that optimism include a $2 to $4 increase in spring and summer lean hog futures prices since the first of the year and slightly lower new-crop soybean meal prices. A bit higher hog prices and a little lower cost add to the potential for a profitable year.Read More