Summer heat is here

This past week I gave 2 presentations that included a discussion of management for summer heat relief to different groups in Iowa and Illinois. At both locations, comments following the presentation reaffirmed what I’ve known for some time – producers and their advisors don’t fully understand how to keep pigs cool in hot weather. Read More...

Can we sell sows fast enough to reduce supply?

The most common question asked by every vendor and producer at the World Pork Expo was – ‘when will the pain end?’. It’s not fun being in the pork business right now, and the prospects don’t look promising for some time. While we don’t often think in terms of time-lines, the matings that are being completed now are the pigs that will go to market next April. Thus, we are already locked in on the supply side of the price equation through the fall lows and late winter markets. Read More...