SwineCast Update for December 11, 2008

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Update for December 11, 2008

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SwineCast® Podcasts

Conversations from the 2008 International PRRS Symposium in Chicago: The PRRS Post-Genomic Consortium Database project and Insuring PRRS clean boar studs.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0362 for December 6 2008.
Conversations from Iowa State's Swine Practitioners Conference: Talking with Dr Jeff Zimmerman about health and management issues related to the size of today's typical herd and Presentation by Dr Robert Glock on Swine Dysentery re-emergence.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0361 for December 5 2008.
SwineCast® Headliners

Get the latest thoughts and commentary on the industry.
  • BlogBlog: Dennis DiPietre, "When you are out of cash, you are out of business", is a truism which should be on the top of everyone's mind these days. With the bankruptcy filing of Pilgrim's Pride and VeraSun we are witnessing the turmoil and equity destruction which has been brought on by the tremendous volatility in commodity prices experienced over the last year. This volatility is directly related to (but not completely the result of) government policy interventions, especially ethanol policy. Read more.
  • BlogBlog: Don Tyler, Preventing Burnout in Stressful Times, The normal challenges of weather and markets in agriculture provide enough stress for the average producer to re-think their career choice on an annual—or maybe even a weekly—basis. This self-assessment rarely lasts past the next day, when the combine is fixed, the markets are up and the sun comes out. Unfortunately, this year has been the most challenging one that many producers can remember and stress levels have remained high throughout the fall. Read more.
  • BlogBlog: Jeremy Knutson, Hog Comments - Not much for today... I can't find mine (from 12-09-08). I expect Feb '09 hogs to test today's low of $63.60 again and then POSSIBLY test $63.00 but I don't think we will get much lower than that. The cutout was down $.27 today and cash was higher but not as high as it was on the noon report. I look for an early low and late high tomorrow. Read more.
Conference Connection
SwineCast® Conference Connection

  • Link to videoVideo: Mark Greenwood provides his thoughts on US production economics.
  • Link to videoVideo: Karol Aure-Flynn of Rabobank International shares years of agribusiness experience in the Western US.
  • Link to videoVideo: Dr. Steven McOrist, University of Nottingham, draws on his on-site production experience in China and recent travels.

  • See more information from the Swine Forecast 2009 Teleconference.
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