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Falling feed prices to push hogs back to profitable: Purdue economist

Eastern Corn Belt prices are expected to average in the mid-$60s 
in the final quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hog production is returning to profitability as feed prices fall, and a reduction in slaughter numbers seems to show that producers are noticing, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. With a large-yielding corn crop expected this year, feed prices have been decreasing, which has turned around the outlook for hog profits. “This year, the […] Read more

Native birds might restock poultry industry’s genetic stock

Reading Time: 2 minutes Commercial broilers descend from about three lines of chickens, and poultry used in egg production come from only one specialized line As concerns such as avian flu, animal welfare and consumer preferences impact the poultry industry, the reduced genetic diversity of commercial bird breeds increases their vulnerability and the industry’s ability to adapt, according to […] Read more