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The Importance of Managing Hog Operation Feed Costs

It comes as no surprise that feed costs on hog operations have risen sharply since last summer. May 2021 Chicago Board of Trade corn futures prices hit their summer low settlement price last August at $3.46. In early March, May 2021 corn futures were trading near $5.40, an increase of over 50 percent in just…

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Long-Term Trends in Pigs per Litter

Improvements in production performance are critical to controlling production costs and for the industry to remain competitive in comparison to swine producers in other countries and competing meats.  This article examines long-term trends in pigs per litter.

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China’s Pork Sector Continues to Impact U.S.

The biggest year-over-year increase in pork shipments was to mainland China, which more than doubled in 2020. Pork exports to China during 2020 accounted for nearly 30 percent of all U.S. pork exports, up from a market share of just 14 percent in 2019.

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Top Farmer Conference 2022

January 7, 2022 | virtual conference

A management programs geared specifically for farmers. Surrounded by farm management, farm policy, agricultural finance and marketing experts, and a group of your peers, the conference will stimulate your thinking about agriculture’s future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead.

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Cattle Finishing Net Returns Prospects for 2021

COVID-19 and fluctuating fed cattle and feed prices resulted in another challenging year for cattle finishers. This article updates feeding cost of gain, breakeven prices, and net return estimates for 2020 and provides projections for the first half of 2021.

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Cattle Finishing Net Returns in 2020

This article discussed recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, breakeven prices, and cattle finishing net returns. Average cattle finishing losses in 2019 were estimated to be approximately $80 per head. Average losses for 2020 are projected to be approximately $85 per head.

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Recent Hog and Pork Market Dynamics

The pork industry experienced unprecedented disruptions, including the temporary closure of two major Indiana pork packing plants, during the outbreak of COVID19 that are still being felt into the fall of 2020. Farm-level hog prices have improved but the industry is still resolving the backlog of hogs on the farm.

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Pork Export Strength Reliant on China

World pork markets have been disrupted the last couple of years, first by African Swine Fever (ASF) in China followed by a U.S.-China trade dispute and then, in 2020, by the coronavirus.

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Explaining Fluctuations in DDG Prices

To help explain fluctuations in distiller’s dried grains (DDGs) prices, this article examines the relationship between DDG prices, and corn and soybean meal prices.

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Ag Outlook Webinar

Recorded June 12, 2020 | Purdue agricultural economists Michael Langemeier and James Mintert provide an updated ag outlook, which includes information from USDA’s June WASDE report along with updated profitability estimates for corn and soybeans. The webinar also addressed questions regarding eligibility for and assistance provided by USDA’s CFAP program.

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