Feed grain basis impact on production costs

With spot packer bids continuing to decline in the face of very large supplies, one of the few opportunities to lower the cost of production is to purchase ingredients at lower prices. Fortunately for the swine industry, the very large corn and soybean harvest in the US that is getting underway has resulted in lower prices versus last year. Many expect the price of corn and soybean meal to remain relatively low for 2-3 years pending a major weather impact on yields. Read More...

Are weights rising slower than normal?

Yesterday, USDA reported that the average live weight for Iowa and Southern Minnesota barrows and gilts for the week ending on September 24 (NW_LS720) was 280.0 lbs, down 1.6 lb from the previous week. Many commentators have noted this decline and have been speculating about whether the decline is an indication that producers have been aggressively pulling pigs forward in the face of rapidly declining bids. Read More...

Testing propane lines for leaks

Temperatures this morning in southern Minnesota were in the low 50’s, meaning furnaces were operating in swine nursery rooms with newly weaned pigs or in wean-finish sites with small pigs. Many producers have begun thinking about being sure furnaces in all production facilities are operational before they head to the fields in coming weeks to begin fall harvest. Read More...

slaughter weight thoughts

Climatologists tell us we are on the back-side of summer heat. Historically, the last 2 weeks of July have the highest sustained temperatures. While we will still have days of heat, going forward we can expect night time lows to start declining. As a result, feed intake by growing pigs will begin to increase, meaning slaughter weights will increase. Read More...