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Impact of Higher Corn Prices On Feeding Cost of Gain for Cattle Finishing

Corn prices have increased since mid-May and are expected to be quite volatile for the rest of the year. Each $0.10 increase in corn price results in an increase in feeding cost of gain of $0.87 per cwt.

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Will Pork Producers Have a Profitable Year?

Pork production was up four percent in the first-half this year, but the market did not see about nine percent more hogs coming to market in June.

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Farm Management Tour 2019

In 2019, the Purdue Farm Management Tour visited Huntington & Wabash Counties, Indiana. This year’s Purdue Farm Management Tour information can be found at!

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How Hog Diseases Impact Supply, Demand and Profit

Hog prices and profits are way up right now. One of the primary reasons is a terrible disease known as African swine fever, which has been boosting prices since April.

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Prospects for Swine Feed Costs in 2019

Examine recent trends in feed costs for farrow-to-finish and swine finishing enterprises, and the impact of changes in corn and soybean meal prices on swine finishing feed cost.

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Low Hog Prices to Start the Year

Hog prices have been struggling so far this year. In February, USDA estimated live prices were $39.04 per hundredweight, the lowest February price in 16 years dating back to 2003.

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Factors Impacting Feeding Cost of Gain and Cattle Finishing Net Returns

The factors impacting feeding cost of gain and cattle finishing net returns are discussed. After dropping below $75 per cwt in May 2018, feeding cost of gain increased to $80.31 in December.

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Farm Bill Summit, OSU

The Ohio State University, the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, the University of Kentucky and Farm Credit Mid-America jointly sponsored a Farm Bill Summit on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Versailles High School.

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Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in 2019

Net returns averaged a loss of $45 per head in 2018. The largest losses occurred in June and July, with losses of $126 and $108, respectively. Are the prospects for 2019 more positive?

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Has Cattle Herd Expansion Ground to a Halt?

The USDA’s January 1 estimates of the U.S. cattle herd report provides a wealth of information to market participants including estimates of the all cattle and calves inventory, and both the beef and dairy cow inventories.

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