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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Monthly Archives: February 2010

Producers from Oklahoma and Texas will have the opportunity to see the “latest and greatest” at the Expo on March 10-11 at the Bridwell Ag Center in Wichita Falls. In addition, private applicators who need CEUs will be able to attend workshops on both Wednesday and Thrusday.

 Wednesday will start will a producer breakfast at 7 am and programs from 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. After the continential growers breakfast on Thursday, nationally known Market Analyst Glen Ring will join with Farm Economist Stan Bevers to discuss markets, strategies and minimizing risk from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. At 1 p.m. private applicator testing will be offered by TDA.

Over 250 vendors will be onhand to display products plus special attrations with working dog demonstrations and rodeo celebrities.

Call the office for a complimentary ticket to the breakfasts at 940.716.8610. Registration for CEUs will be at the door and the cost will be $15 for both days or $10 per day.

Rita Jane Gabbett reports for Meatingplace and noted today that the higher hog prices and slightly lower feed costs are pushing hog producers toward profitability and slowing the sow cull needed to create and sustain profits according to a Missouri economist. Historically, producers see some hope of profitability and go right to expanding breeding herds. That prolongs the oversupply and stretches the cycle. What is good for one producer’s bottom-line can keep the industry in a down cycle and always shortens the good times. That is the trademark of almost all agriculture production.

Below are the comments from the economist.

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