the Hog:Corn Ratio in Context
The hog:corn price ratio, almost certainly the
longest-standing measure of industry profitability, has been awful for a
very, very long time. In fact, it has been below 20 – the historical
dividing line between profits and losses for the pork industry – for
158 straight weeks. And there are few, if any, prospects of it
returning to that level soon. Even next summer’s $70-plus Lean Hogs
futures prices will not do the trick with corn well above $3/bu.
So, is this tried and true tool for measuring economic well-being and,
therefore, predicting turning points in the U.S. breeding herd still
useful? That’s a pretty good question that really boils down to
putting the ratio in a modern context. But before we consider that,
let’s “study our history,” as President Harry Truman so famously
Deeper into Sow Performance by Farm Size
As we look closer at the impact of farm size on various
performance measures, we decided to zero in on total pigs born, pigs
born live, pigs weaned and piglet survival percentage broken into
stillborns and pre-weaning death loss percentages.
The farms selected for the data set had to be in production for over 3
years and weaning a minimum of 22 pigs/mated female/year during the
prescribed time period. There were 397 farms out of 619 (64%) that met
Urge USDA to Support the U.S. Pork Industry
Twenty-four Senators and 63 Congressmen wrote Secretary of
Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging USDA to take several actions to provide
emergency relief to the U.S. pork industry. Actions requested were:
• “Purchase an additional $100 million, from Section 32
funds, of pork for various federal food programs with a maximum emphasis
on purchasing meat from sows with the objective to reduce breeding stock
to reduce hog numbers.
• “Work with appropriate federal agencies to help address swine
disease surveillance on farms, related diagnostic and vaccine
development, and swine industry support.
Pork Groups Look at PRRS Eradication
At a joint meeting recently, the board of directors of
the Minnesota Pork Board and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association
agreed to consider drafting a resolution for the eradication
porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus from the
state, according to David Preisler, executive director of the two
The resolution will be considered for passage at the December annual
business meeting of the two pork groups, Preisler says. If it passes,
it would be forwarded for consideration at National Pork Forum, March
4-6, 2010 in Kansas City, MO.
“Our producers realize in our board discussions that from a
long-term competitiveness standpoint, they would certainly like to see
what could be done to eradicate the disease,”
Nov. 5-6, 2009: 17th Annual Swine Disease
Conference for Swine Practitioners, Scheman Building, Iowa State
University (ISU), Ames, IA; contact ISU by phone (515) 294-6222, fax
(515) 294-6223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 9-11, 2009: Joint International Educational
Symposium on Animal Welfare, The Kellogg Hotel; Conference Center,
University, Lansing, MI; contact: http://www.avma.org/awsymposium.
Nov. 10, 2009: University of
Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program’s Swine
Institute, Courtyard by Marriott, Columbia, MO; contact: for
registration, Erica Lovercamp at (573) 882-9552 or email@example.com or for
programming, Katrina Turner at (573) 882-0378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
M2P2, LLC has openings for the following positions at our
Heritage Farms East location in Turpin, Oklahoma. Heritage Farms East
is a farrow to wean swine operation located in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Farm Manager: This position would be a fulltime Farm
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M2P2, LLC is a progressive pork production company and employer of
choice in the industry. Formed in 2003, M2P2 merges expertise in all
phases of hog production, from birth to market, into one company. Today
M2P2, LLC operates in six states throughout the U.S. and is leading the
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M2P2, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.
M2P2, LLC, is accepting applications for the following position:
General Manager: This position will have complete
accountability for all swine production related activities in our North
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Development – Staging) location.
Ideal candidates must have the following qualifications:
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- Three to five years of swine management experience preferred.
- A minimum of a High School Diploma or GED.
- Proven conflict resolution skills.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Expected to take an active role in companies all ready established
bio-security and safety programs.
- Prior supervisory experience preferred.
- This individual will be responsible for focusing efforts on the
reduction of costs and increasing throughput.
- Responsible for developing yearly production output budgets,
expenses budget and necessary capital spending budget.
- Be able to influence change through educating and training at all
levels in addition to frequent farm inspections.
Tracy Rogers, Human Resources Coordinator
1615 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 104, Ames, IA 50010
Office 515-598-4640 ~ Fax 515-956-3226
M2P2, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by .law or
regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given
equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related
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