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.

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

Kansas State University Livestock & Meat Marketing

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.

Pork Information Gateway information on business management

Pork Information Gateway information on marketing

Weekly Livestock Market Video Update with Scott Brown, University of Missouri (provided by Brownfield AgNews)

Market Links

Daily state and region Weekly state and region

Iowa-Minn A.M.
Iowa-Minn P.M.
Market Summary
Western Cornbelt A.M.
Western Cornbelt P.M.

Iowa-Central U.S. feeder
Daily national Estimated meat production

Base Carc. Slaughter Cost
Est. Livestock Slaughter
National Carlot Pork Report
Prior Day Purchase Swine
Prior Day Slaughter Swine
USDA Livestock Slaughter

Actual Livestock Slaughter
Estimated Red Meat Production


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