Livestock: Impact of Higher Corn Prices on Cattle Finishing Net Returns May 24, 2021

🕔May 24, 2021
Corn price futures for the July 2021 contract (December 2021 contract) increased from $4.68 per bushel ($4.31 per bushel) in early January to $6.93 ($5.83) for the week ending May […]

Cattle Finishing – How Have Higher Corn Prices Affected Feeding Cost of Gain? May 12, 2021

🕔May 12, 2021
Corn price futures for the July 2021 contract (December 2021 contract) increased from $4.68 per bushel ($4.31 per bushel) in early January to $6.56 ($5.57) for the week ending April […]

Livestock: Cattle Finishing Net Returns Prospects for 2021 Jan 11, 2021

🕔Jan 11, 2021
COVID-19 and fluctuating fed cattle and feed prices resulted in another challenging year for cattle finishers.  An earlier article examined net returns for the first nine months of 2020.  This article […]

Livestock: Prospects for Swine Feed Costs in 2021 Dec 7, 2020

🕔Dec 7, 2020
Corn and soybean meal prices declined sharply from late January to early August, and then increased significantly in response to deteriorating crop conditions and the potential for strong exports of […]

Livestock: Impact of COVID-19 on Cattle Finishing Net Returns May 11, 2020

🕔May 11, 2020
COVID-19 has resulted in a dramatic decline in fed cattle prices putting a damper on net return prospects for 2020.  In a farmdoc article published in early January, we were expecting net […]

Livestock: Prospects for Swine Feed Costs in 2020 Feb 10, 2020

🕔Feb 10, 2020
Principal crops planted in the United States declined from 319.3 million acres in 2018 to 302.6 million acres in 2019, a decline of 16.7 million acres.  Assuming that we return […]

Livestock: How Will Corn Prices Affect Swine Finishing Feed Costs? Jul 15, 2019

🕔Jul 15, 2019
Corn price futures for the December 2019 contract increased from $3.79 per bushel for the week ending May 10 to $4.55 for the week ending June 28.  Even though corn […]

Livestock: Corn Prices Higher – What About Feed Cost? Jul 8, 2019

🕔Jul 8, 2019
As farms continue to consolidate it becomes increasingly important to assess a farm’s management skills.  At a certain farm size, it is no longer easy or feasible for the manager […]

Livestock: Will Pork Producers Have a Profitable Year? Jul 8, 2019

🕔Jul 8, 2019
The pork outlook started this year on a downbeat, then in March and April markets recognized that African swine fever in China could cause global pork shortages and lean futures […]

Livestock: Prospects for Swine Feed Costs in 2019 Apr 11, 2019

🕔Apr 11, 2019
The USDA-NASS Prospective Plantings report indicated that corn planted for all purposes was estimated at 92.8 million acres, up 4 percent from last year.  Soybean planted acres were estimated at […]

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