3rd Party Audit Checklists

As we move forward with SWAP and packer on-farm audits for animal welfare and drug residue safety, many producers are now facing 3rd party audits. In the case of SWAP, these audits are randomly chosen sites where an independent auditor visits the site to verify the objectivity of the original SWAP assessor. For packer audits, these audits are being done on grower sites to verify adherence to packer welfare and residue guidelines. Read More...

Fall sale weights

Sale weights for the first 3 weeks of August typically are 96.8% of early January sale weights in the Iowa-Southern Minnesota market. When I average the Iowa-Southern Minnesota weekly live weight at slaughter data (www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/NW_LS720.txt) for the past ten years, sale weights begin their fall increase on week 33 of the year. By November 1, weights are back to January weights, and in some years higher than early January weights. Read More...