Continuing poor economic conditions are taking a toll on pork producers, and many are looking for information as they face difficult choices in their operations. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine field specialist Dave Stender and ISU Extension farm management specialist Tom Olsen are coordinating a Swine Transition Seminar on Aug 5. to help provide information, assistance and resources to producers.
“Never before has the hog-corn ratio been so low for so long resulting in unprecedented financial losses,” Stender said. “The outlook for prices remains weak because world demand for pork is still soft. Some producers have responded with sow cutbacks and inventory reduction, while others buy existing operations at a reduced price to keep them going.”
Olsen said current circumstances are contributing to pressure on producers, suppliers and lenders, and decisions can be difficult.
“Long-standing networks of producers, owners, contractors, and managers are under stress. Many are being forced to consider new arrangements,” he said. “This seminar will address the options and opportunities for producers.”
The seminar is set for Aug. 5 in Building C at Northwest Community College in Sheldon. For more information or to preregister, call Dave Stender at (712) 225-6196 or (712) 261-0225. A brochure describing the program in more detail is available at www.ipic.iastate.edu.©