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ILLINOIS HOG INVENTORY CLIMBS

Illinois hog inventory has gone up 2 percent since this time last year, adding thousands of jobs to Illinois’ economy. Jennifer Tirey, executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, said the growth is due to new processing plants in surrounding states. “In 2016, we had 2.4 million roughly for capacity,” Tirey said. “Now, our… read more

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GIPSA RULE DIVIDES MEAT PRODUCERS

The USDA’s announcement Tuesday that it would dismantle an Obama-era rule protecting farmers who raise poultry, cattle and hogs under contract to large meat companies is putting companies, and the farmers who grow for them, at odds. The USDA said it was withdrawing the proposal, which was set to take effect today, over “serious legal… read more

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MORE HOGS NO PROBLEM FOR MARKET

Current economic models suggest hog farmers are making between $10 and $20 per head despite a projected growth in slaughter of 3.8% this year and possibly up to 4% in 2018. How are strong prices, well above $70 per hundredweight, and profitable margins possible at a time with such large production? The main driver revolves… read more

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WALMART RULES

Walmart has announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to change the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.

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USB REPORT

Cattle production in Illinois is down at least 25% and pork production has generally shifted to the Midwest from the periphery of the country, particularly from coastal states because of lower feed costs, according to a new United Soybean Board report on livestock feeding trends since 2000.  

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HOGS PER PERSON

Iowa has nearly 7 times more hogs than people, according to the USDA. A map of the Midwest shows Nebraska, S. Dakota and Minnesota also have more hogs than people, but just barely. Illinois comes in at 3 people per hog

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PORK OUTLOOK

Producers will see sharply lower hog prices this year – down 26% from 2014 – due to larger livestock production, says the USDA’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. FarmWeekNow’s Dan Grant is attending this week’s USDA Outlook Meeting and will provide more coverage on FarmWeekNow.com.

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PIG STUDY

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilized during lactating. Currently, about a half-million piglets die each year in Sweden – many from trampling.

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MORATORIUM PROPOSED

Dickinson County in northwest Iowa, by asking for a temporary moratorium on new, large-scale livestock farms, “could become the next battleground” over massive feedlots, says the Des Moines Register. Tourism is an economic driver in the county, home to large lakes lined by resort homes. The county says a surge in large livestock farms threatens… read more

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PORK AND PORTS

A strong dollar has made U.S. pork more costly than meat from competing countries, which has led to a slowdown in exports, especially to China. And cargo slow-downs due to a labor dispute at West Coast ports has left stocks of pork products piling up.

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