Raising pigs for the show ring is more than just competing for the win. It takes hard work and dedication. Illinois junior swine exhibitors share lessons they have learned while being passionate pig caretakers.
Cash hog prices traded lower for six consecutive weeks which is extremely contra-seasonal during the summer months. In most years hog receipts and slaughter decline in the summer months allowing cash, product and futures to move higher....More
Producers thinking about expanding their hog operations need to look closely at their books to make sure they are financially sound, paying particular attention to working capital per sow, cash flow and owner equity....More
Lower feed prices should drop cost of hog production, but this decline is not likely to be sufficient to keep hog profits in the black. Cheap feed won’t do anything to boost hog prices, which may get very low this fall....More