Home > Rising Corn Prices
Corn price increases—“fueled” by growing demand for corn
ethanol production and the world market for other grains—have greatly influenced grain price volatility and availability
for livestock feed. Swine production in the upper Midwest
is particularly affected, since diets are primarily based on corn and soybean meal, and feed
accounts for approximately two-thirds the cost of raising a pig for market.
March 28, 2007
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- Introduction with Lynn Becker 3:00
- Brian Buhr presentation 6:20
- Mark Whitney presentation 1:08:49
- Gary Thome presentation 1:54:36
- Panel Q&A session 2:24:00
Slides of Presentations
||Introduction and User Instructions
Lynn Becker, President, Minnesota Pork Board
||Corn Procurement and Risk Management Strategies (pdf)
Dr. Brian Buhr, Agricultural Economist, Univ. of Minnesota
Impacts of ethanol demand on feed costs and pork industry production, prices and profitability. Economic potential of DDGS in diets, price risk management, grain procurement and production management strategies to minimize the impacts on profitability.
||Managing the Cost of Production (pdf)
Dr. Mark Whitney, Swine Specialist, Univ. of Minnesota Extension
Production and management strategies to minimize effects of higher feed costs on profitability, including evaluating nutrient levels in diets, alternative ingredients, growth promotants and
metabolic partitioners, feeding management, assessing genetic merit and health status, minimizing other peripheral costs.
||Evaluating Short and Long Term Business Goals (pdf)
Gary Thome, Farm Bus. Mgt., Riverland Community College
Analyzing the production and financial health of the operation, re-establishing business and production goals, strategies to cope with marginal returns in the near future.
Swine finishing analysis spreadsheet (xls)
||Panel Question and Answer Session
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