Economics and Marketing
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ISU information and research
Ag Decision Maker
Link to the livestock information files of the Ag Decision Maker publication. Contains updated information on livestock costs and returns, budgets, marketing and risk management. Specific publications from Ag Decision Maker highlighted below.
- Creating a Flexible Swine Building Lease Agreement
- Lean Hog Basis
- Livestock Enterprise Budgets
- Revenue Insurance for Livestock Producers
- Seasonal Hog Price Patterns
Estimated Livestock Returns
Estimated returns for farrow to finish, farrow to wean, wean to finish, wean to feeder, and feeder to finish presented in either chart form or Excel file format. Additional information is also available.
Iowa Farm Outlook News
Monthly newsletter and updated headline news for crop and livestock industry.
ISU Livestock Crush Margins
Managing the crush margin between the hog revenue and the major input costs, weaned pigs corn, and soybean meal that change with market conditions is very important. This tool allows you to view potential profits or margins for your operation.
Additional information sources
National Pork Board Economic Impact of Swine Operations
The Economic Impact of Swine Operations spreadsheet tool is designed to highlight the dynamic income and expense activities created by pork production farms. An Excel tool allows you to input and determine economic impact of swine operations.
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|Iowa-Central U.S. feeder|
|Daily national||Estimated meat production|
|Actual Livestock Slaughter
Estimated Red Meat Production
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