Posts Tagged ‘hog feeder’

by Lora Berg | nationalhogfarmer.com

Wasting the equivalent of a feeder’s worth of feed by running it into a manure pit can definitely have a negative impact on feed efficiency.

Making sure equipment is properly maintained is just one example of the ways the person working in the barn can impact feed efficiency. Mike Tokach, Kansas State University (KSU), says focusing on specific tasks prior to loading a barn with new pigs, during the loading phase, while doing daily chores, and again when the barn is unloaded can have a positive influence on feed efficiency.

Prior to Entry

A clean barn includes clean feeders. Before a new group of pigs enters a barn, the feed bins should be emptied to ensure pigs can start on appropriate diets. “A late finishing diet has a 40% lower lysine level than a grower diet. Obviously, feed efficiency is not going to be very good if you start pigs out on a diet that is 40% below their lysine requirement,” Tokach says.

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In addition to thoroughly cleaning the facility, check and repair feed handling equipment. Look for leaking bins, broken feed lines and inoperable feeder adjustment rods. Grease the bearings on equipment between groups and take care of any previous “temporary” fixes.

“Duct tape is a short-term repair. If you don’t take the time to make the permanent repair before the next group of pigs enters the barn, you could end up with a disaster,” Tokach says. In addition, check fans, fan covers and louvers, sprinklers, heaters, curtains, insulation and waterers as part of the regular maintenance schedule between groups.

Loading the Barn

While loading the new group into the barn, do not sort pigs into tight weight categories. “Studies show a negative effect on growth performance when sorting pigs into light, medium and heavy categories because the pigs fight more compared to pigs that have not been sorted by weight range,” he explains. Care should be taken to not overstock pens or leave too many open pens. Some feeders may not work well if pigs are not placed on both sides of a fenceline feeder.

Daily Chores

Attention to detail while doing daily chores can help improve feed efficiency. Making sure pigs are healthy, implementing euthanasia plans in a timely manner and making sure pigs have water available at all times are important steps.

Tokach encourages barn managers and growers to follow correct feed budgets and take note of amino acid levels, proper energy levels and how fiber content and withdrawal of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) can influence feed efficiency on a carcass basis. Tools are available from many feed companies to help manage feed budgets.

Managing the pigs’ environment means maintaining air quality and minimizing heat stress and cold temperatures. “Studies have shown a negative impact on feed efficiency from going above or below a pig’s critical temperature,” Tokach says. “Undergoing heat stress takes energy and results in poor feed efficiency, too. It goes back to barn maintenance. Make sure the fans and sprinkler systems are all working properly before hot weather and high critical temperatures become a problem.”

Feeder Adjustment

Proper feeder adjustment plays a crucial role in feed efficiency. Tokach recommends 50% pan coverage for most dry feeders now instead of previous recommendations for 15-25% pan coverage. He says if there is adequate to excess feeder space, opening feeders too much can increase feed disappearance and result in poorer feed efficiency, particularly after approximately 150 lb. However, if pigs are restricted on feeder space, opening feeders will increase average daily feed intake and average daily gain.

Touching on feeder design, Tokach generally recommends that feeders be at least 14 in. wide, or the shoulder width of a pig right before market, and approximately 10 in. deep. “It is important that the pig is able to eat freely without rubbing its head on the storage compartment of the feeder while eating,” he says.

While feeder dividers can make it more difficult to adjust feeders, they do allow more pigs to eat at one time because pigs are forced to stand perpendicular to the hog feeder.

Unloading the Barn

Unloading the barn is yet another area where a barn manager can have a tremendous impact on feed efficiency. Tokach says savings can be made by withdrawing feed 12 to 18 hours prior to pigs being processed at the slaughter plant. “You don’t ever want the pigs off feed for more than 24 hours before processing. Time in transit and holding at the plant should be included in the calculation of time off feed,”
he says.

Tokach also recommends pulling some pigs from all pens when marketing. “Research shows topping off the barn improves growth rate of all remaining pigs in the pen. By pulling 16% of pigs from the pen, substantial feed savings of 13 lb./pig were realized while producing the same total market weight in one research trial,” he relates.

Remember to handle pigs with care at every step in the production process. Each 0.5% increase in mortality increases closeout feed efficiency by 0.02 because less weight will be marketed.

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A newborn pig grows to approximately 250 pounds in five to six months. Typically, a young pig is weaned from the sow at around 8 weeks of age and weighs 40 pounds. Prior to this time, the sow nurses the baby pigs up to 24 times a day. They consume a diet heavy in protein. After the weaning stage, young pigs need a new diet of dry feed. This new diet must consist of minerals, vitamins, energy feed and a protein supplement.

Things You’ll Need

  • Water trough
  • Self-feeder
  • Commercial starter feed

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Instructions

1. Choose a starter feed that is digestible, economical and palatable for young piglets. Young pigs need to consume a diet of approximately 18 percent protein. Provide a relatively inexpensive protein meal with soybeans, or give whey and skim milk for a higher quality source of protein; however, the latter option costs more than soybeans. Try blood meal, fish meal and peanut meal to add protein to the diet as well.

2. Purchase a starter feed with adequate amounts of minerals and vitamins for a growing pig. Be sure the feed can provide the young pigs with the energy they need to grow. Look for ingredients such as barely, wheat and corn.

3. Look for a starter feed that is either crumbled, pelleted or ground. Smaller feed is easier for younger pigs to digest. Young pigs eat approximately 3 to 5 pounds of food a day.

4. Set up a self-feeder for the younger pigs. A hog feeder keeps the food dry and clean. Provide enough space for all the pigs to access the feeder at once. Feed the young pigs twice a day, if a self-feeder is not available.

5. Provide fresh water to the pigs at all times. Piglets around 8 week of age can begin to use a nipple waterier which keeps the drinking water clean. Clean and replace water in troughs regularly if they are used.

Tips & warnings

  • Talk to local farmers, herders and breeders if you have questions about the proper care of young pigs.

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by Tammy Bronson | eHow.com

There are two kinds of hog feeders, the gravity kind and the ration kind. Ration feeders require adjustments allowing only a certain amount of food dispensing at one time; gravity feeders fill a trough to a leveling point and then stops dispensing. Both types of feeders regulate the amount of food a hog has available. The goal of adjusting feed is to minimize the waste of feed from spillage and over-feeding. There are categories of hog feeder: nursery, grower and finishing hog feeders. The weight of a hog feeder is substantial making it difficult for the hog to knock the feeder over.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Ruler

Instructions

  1. Read the marked settings on the ration feeder. Choose a feed gate that leaves the hog satisfied, but not overly full.
  2. Shift the adjustment lever up to reduce the amount of food dispensed and down to increase the amount.
  3. Measure the amount of food the feeder dispenses. On average the feed gate should dispense 11/48 inches of food.
  4. Check the bolt on the adjustment lever periodically. If the stud welded on to the adjustment lever is broken then the hog feeder is dispensing too much food. It is not uncommon for hogs to play and break the exposed parts of a hog feeder.

Tips & warnings

  • Letting a hog run wild will burn off calories and require greater amounts of food consumption. House slaughtering hogs in a small area preventing running so that bulking up requires less feed.

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Raising pigs on your farm requires time and a large investment. There are several things needed when you begin to raise pigs. It is profitable if you do it the right way. I would suggest to anyone that wants to get started raising pigs start on a small scale basis. Also make sure you have all the needed accessories before you start.

Here is what you will need to get started:

1. A good fence around the location you plan to keep the hogs. The fence doesn’t have to be as tall for a pig as some animals, but it needs to be sturdy, especially at the bottom.

2. Don’t overcrowd your pigs. In confinement it doesn’t take as much space, but outside you need at least 100 sq. ft. per pig.

3. An adequate watering system. Pigs need fresh water available to them all of the time, and lots of it.

4. I also recommend a large hog feeder. It saves a lot of waste and time with the feeding.

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5. Also you will need good shelter for the hogs during storms and in the heat.

6. If you plan on keeping sows to raise your own piglets you will also need some type of farrowing house. This will protect your litters from the weather.

Now that you have all of these things you are ready to get your pigs. You need to decide what kind of operation you are going to run. I like to buy feeder pigs that are around 45lbs and then top them out to market weight. I find this way more profitable for myself. You can also raise the pigs yourself to top out or sell as feeders. It takes longer to turn over a profit and plus you have to keep sows and a boar on hand at all times.

The first and foremost thing in raising pigs is proper feed and nutrition. Corn is the number one feed for hogs, but you will need some type of supplement to feed along with it. Your local veterinarian or feed store can assist you with this. Also run a clean operation to keep your hogs disease free. Disease could wipe out your entire operation if not taken care of.

These are the basics of raising pigs for profit. Whether you decide to go large scale or just raise enough to put meat on your families table. It takes a lot of hard work but in the end you will be pleased with what you produce. Have fun and remember it takes no more time to raise ten hogs than it does one. Just start out with what is comfortable for you and your budget.

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Not every company with a booth or exhibit at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines this week claims that their product can save feed. But, a lot of them do.

Signs in the exhibit aisles scream out to the hog farmers: “Cut feed costs!”; “Get more efficient!”; “Let us help you save on the feed bill!”

These exhibitors aren’t dumb — they know that the first question on every pork producer’s mind these days is how to survive with six-dollar corn.

I wonder, as I wander those aisles, if I put enough of these products to use, could I get so efficient that my pigs would grow on absolutely NO feed, just breathing air? OK, let’s see what we can do.

My first stop is at the A.J. O’Mara Group, LLC. There, John A’Mara explains their line of stainless steel hog feeders, called Feed Ease Equipment. The Cadillac of the lineup is a grow-finish feeder that has a water nipple right in the feed trough. To get a drink, the pigs have to run water onto the feed, which encourages consumption of both. They waste less of the liquid feed, partly because when the pigs step back from the feeder, there’s less dry feed stuck to their mouth that can drop into the manure pit. The result is a 5% to 7% improvement in feed efficiency, says O’Mara. I decide on the spot that when given a range, I’m going to take the high end, in this case, 7% better feed efficiency. Great, one stop and I’ve saved seven percent of my feed bill.

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Next stop is just across the aisle at the booth of IFA Roller Grinders of tiny Stanley, Iowa. Lee Drewelow of the company says his feed grinder is actually a roller mill, with two rolling drums that turn at different speeds and crush the corn into finer particles than the other kind of grinder, a hammermill. The finer particles (650 microns versus 1,000 for the hammermill) means there is less dust, less feed separation, and more efficient conversion in the pig’s gut. The sign on Drewelow’s booth says it saves 50 pounds of feed per pig finished. “We normally think it takes 10 bushels of corn to finish a pig, but we can reduce that to 9,” he says. By my math, that’s a 10% savings. Add that to the Feed Ease feeder, and our combined savings are now 17% — we’re getting there!

A little farther down the aisle is the display of Genetiporc, a breeding company that sells boars and gilts. Dr. Dan Hamilton, their technical services manager, tells me that they have a new terminal sire line that is bred just for feed efficiency. Combined with their most feed efficienct female line, the offspring will consistently use .15 pounds less feed per pound of gain than other genetics. In other words, if your current feed conversion is 2.75 pounds of feed per pound of gain, you might reduce that to 2.60 with Genetiporc’s G Performer boar, and it’s Fertilis 25 sow. That’s nearly a 6% gain in feed efficiency.

Add it up: We’re saving 23% of our feed now! No time to stop here.

Kevin Curry at Alpharma tells us about their BMD feed additive, active ingredient bacitracin antibiotic. It’s almost never used in humans, so this antibiotic gets less grief from those who worry about bacterial resistance from animal use. It’s typically used from 50 pounds to market weight at a low level to ward off harmful microbes, there’s no withdrawal period, and it will save 30-35 pounds of feed per hog with 3% better feed efficiency. Curry even finds a way to tout the “green” benefits of this product: “There’s less manure to spread.”

At Ralco Nutrition, national sales manager Tom Lattimore tells me about a feed ingredient product called EnMax, which lets them formulate pig feeds on net energy, using more crystalline amino acids and enzymes, less soybean meal (100-150 pounds less per ton), and more corn. Pigs get more energy from the feed, plus some enzymes that “unlock” all of the ingredients. “We can take a conventional feed, and with EnMax, save $30 to $40 per ton,” says Lattimore. “That’s $10 per pig.” Great, but what about improved feed efficiency? “We don’t really have any claims on that,” he says. Nuts, let’s keep moving.

Farther down, Olmix is a French company with a couple of products, one of which is a feed ingredient called MMi. This natural product promotes hygiene of the pig’s gut, explains Alain Reocreux, the international development manager. “When a pig eats, he not only gets the feed nutrients, he also gets some pathogens and toxins,” explains Reocreux. “MMi neutralizes those things in the gut, so he can make more efficient use of the nutrients.” Net result: 4% better feed efficiency, bringing our net gain to 30%. We’ve got a ways to go to get to complete feed-free pigs!

Now we’re outside the main exhibit hall, talking to Joe Slager of Key Dollar Manure Separator. This machine puts manure over a fine screen, which separates most of the bigger solids from the brown liquid. Slager tells me about one of their farmer customers in Illinois who feeds those screenings back to his gestating sows as 60% of their ration. That saves two pounds of feed per sow per day, 700 pounds per sow per year. Spread over the 20 pigs she produces, that’s a net gain of five percent in total feed efficiency.

Next, Scott Schneider of Aova Technologies tells me about his product, called, simply enough, Big Pig (their motto: Big is Better). Big Pig is a natural egg powder antibody that is added to nursery and finishing feeds at 1.5 pounds per ton. It targets an enzyme in the gut, which in turn reduces inflamation there to allow feed energy to go towards growth, he says. Their research shows a 3.5% improvement in feed efficiency. Since I don’t deal with decimal points, I round that up to four percent. Now we’re at 39% cumulative improvement in feed efficiency. Not even half way to 100%!

Now I’m hearing about MorindaMax, a feed additive for just-weaned pigs only and fed for those early weeks. Daryl Hammer gives me the brochure, which says: “MorindaMax’s active ingredient is Morinda citrifolia, which comes from the fruit of a tree native to the Pacific Region. Morinda c. consists of phytochemicals which are known to have protective or disease preventative properties.” OK, but what about the feed efficiency? The brochure says it gives 10% better efficiency in the nursery. I know that’s only for the short nursery period, but if I’m going to get to feed-free pigs, I’m going to have to cut some corners. Let’s just add it in, now we’re up to 49% improvement.

Feed Logic employees show me an incredible feed mixing machine that mounts on a ceiling rail inside a pig barn. That machine picks up feed ingredients at one end of the barn, than rolls along the rail to automatically dispense the feed into feeders in each pen. It mixes a slightly different feed formulation to each pen, depending on the size of the pig and the computer instructions that you, the operator, have given to it. In theory, this lets each pen of pigs get a different feed formulation each day as they grow up to market weight. Alas, I’m told that although this “smart” feeder saves $4 per pig in feed costs, they can’t show an improvement in feed efficiency.

At Lallemand Animal Nutrition, they tell me about their probiotic products, which promote the “good” bugs in a pig’s gut. They are getting ready to do a trial with one product, Bactocell, fed with distillers’ grains from ethanol plants. The Bactocell will help pigs better digest the fiber in the DDGs. They get a five-percent improvement in feed efficiency, bringing our net gain now up to 54%.

Schauer is an Austrian company that makes pig feeding equipment. One product is an individual sow feeder that, by reading an ear tag, feeds each animal exactly what you have programmed into the computer. It lets you house sows in a group situation, but feed them individually. Franz Bauer tells me that if I’m a poor manager (how did he peg me?), I can save at least 10% on sow feed. I know, that’s not the whole herd, it’s just the sow feed. Still, I’m going to add it in, and now we’re up to 64% better feed efficiency.

And we’re running out of options. I stop and visit with a half dozen companies that make automatic pig sorters. To get to the hog feeder, the pigs have to walk through a scales. Depending on their weight, it sorts them off into a feeder pen with just the right feed for their size. And when they’re big enough to sell, it puts them into yet another pen. The result is that pigs of various sizes can be kept in one big pen, and each gets just the feed he (or she) needs. In theory, this should give a good savings in feed efficiency, and keep pigs moving out to market before they get too big. But, nobody can give me hard (or even soft) numbers.
One more chance. There’s a booth at the far end of the exhibit hall, with nobody there. But it says it is the booth of the Northern Pulse Growers Association, promoting the feeding of peas. I pick up the brochure, and read the flyer called “Field Peas in Diets Fed to Swine.” Inside, it tells me that peas are about 23% crude protein, and higher in energy than soybean meal, almost nature’s perfect hog feed. Feeding peas rather than soybean meal might give a 3% boost to feed efficiency, it says. I’m going to add that, and get 67% improvement in feed efficiency, using all of these products that have been pitched.

Nope, hogs apparently won’t grow on air alone. It takes about two-thirds air, and one-third peas. Still, that’s not bad. You can now smugly tell your grain farmer neighbors, “If you think your corn is worth $6 a bushel, you can just keep it.”

Not every company with a booth or exhibit at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines this week claims that their product can save feed. But, a lot of them do.

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Poor hog feeder adjustment slashes feed efficiency by 5%, while properly adjusted feeders save about $2/pig from 50 to 270 lb., according to a recent study at Kansas State University. Keep feeders adjusted properly, regardless of trough space, to maintain good feed efficiency.

The 91-day study evaluated the effects of feeder trough space (1.75 vs. 3.5 in./pig) and minimum feeder-gap opening of 0.5 in. (narrow) vs. 1.0 in. (wide) on finishing pig performance. A total of 288 pigs went on test at 82 lb. in one of four treatments at the K-State Swine Teaching and Research Center, Manhattan, KS.

The hog feeders were adjusted to the minimum gap setting, but the agitation plate could be moved upward to a maximum gap setting of 0.75 in. or 1.25 in. Narrow feeder gap was 0.5 in. minimum to 0.75 in. maximum. Wide feeder gap was 1.0 in. minimum to 1.25 in. maximum.

Feeder trough space was adjusted by placing eight or 16 pigs/pen. For the 3.5 in. of feeder space/pig, pens were stocked with eight pigs/pen. To achieve the 1.75 in. of feeder space/pig, two pens were combined with only one feeder for the 16 pigs. Gating was adjusted so that both of the groups of eight or 16 pigs/pen got 8 sq. ft. of space/pig.

Pigs were given ad-lb access to feed and water and fed a four-phase, corn-soybean meal-based diet containing 20% distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), as depicted in Table 1.

Pig performance on feed was calculated by weighing pigs and measuring feed disappearance on Day 0, 14, 28, 42, 56, 70, 84 and 91. Pictures of feeder pan coverage were taken once during each feeding phase, and a panel of four judges scored the feeder pan pictures by the percentage of pan coverage.

Evaluations of feeder pan coverage indicated narrow-adjusted pig feeders averaged approximately 48% coverage (Figure 1), while wide-adjusted feeders averaged approximately 85% coverage (Figure 2).

From Day 0 to 56, no feeder adjustment/trough space interactions were observed. However, those pigs exposed to the wide feeder gap setting had increased average daily feed intake (ADFI), which resulted in a tendency for poorer feed conversion, suggesting that the increase in feed intake with the wider feeder gap setting, actually produced an increase in feed wastage (Table 2).

From Day 56 to 91, there was a tendency for pigs with 3.5 in. feeder space to have greater average daily gain, compared to pigs with the 1.75 in. feeder space. Also, pigs tested on the wide feeder gap setting had increased ADFI and poorer feed efficiency, similar to the response observed during Day 0 to 56 (Table 2).

Overall, these results suggest that, regardless of feeder trough space, pigs fed with the wide feeder adjustment wasted more feed and grew less efficiently.

Further evidence is needed to determine optimal feeder trough space for finishing pigs.

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by Cynthia Cooper | naturalhorseworld.com

With many parts of the world affected by weather extremes, feed for horses is getting more expensive and less readily available, so it makes sense to stretch what you can get as far as possible.

So how do we do that without compromising our horse’s health and well being?

It’s a question I’ve been thinking on a lot lately as my horses have challeged me to balance the quantity they need for healthy gut function (and not eating weeds), with keeping them down to healthy weight, most being mature riding horses verging on the fat side!

One of the big discoveries I made is that hay fed loose on the ground can be gobbled up quickly leaving the herd hungry for more even after eating their entire ration which is based on their combined body weight.

It’s easy to work out – I have seven horses in one herd – there are four that weigh close to 400kg and 3 that weigh around 500kg so thats a total of 3100kg. As they have no pasture to speak of, I’m feeding them 2.5% of their body weight in food a day – that’s 10kg per 400kg horse and 12.5kg per 500kg horse – a combined total of 77.5kg.

As they get a small feed of chaff and minerals which weighs less than a kilo each, I’m left with providing 77kg of hay so I weighed my bales and they average 17kg each resulting in 4.5 bales per day for the herd. Phew – I knew I did maths at school for a reason!

So to combat the guzzling nature of horses that have no pasture, I made hay feeders that have a mesh screen they have to pull the hay through and it stops them tossing it all over the place to get to the seeds. These are old apple bins and fit a bale on each side.

I had to put a screen on one so that the ‘hog feeder‘ (2nd in command) allowed someone to share with him!

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The biggest issue with this is that they just stand around in one place for a large part of the day – at least they have to walk down the hill to get to water. Some days they go out to graze a strip of track I’m eating out so the amount of hay is halved then, and they get to walk a further back to the water.

So I started looking for ideas on how to make some way of containing hay that made them work to get it, and could be easily put up in several places around the 10 acres they occupy.

My breeding herd have also presented a challenge in that some of them can cope with grass and need it, while others couldn’t. My old broodmare who is generally a good doer, had developed greasy heel from being allowed too much rich grass in spring because I mistakenly assumed she would need extra to make all that milk for her foal.

I’ve discovered through trial and error in the process of clearing up the greasy heal, that the tall stemmy grass with seeds (usually cocksfoot and ryegrass) will cause her leg to flare up right away. I could actually see more swelling and weeping of toxins at the end of the day when she was allowed out on the seedy grass. My solution was to set up a track around the paddock to stimulate more movement, and slash the seeded grass on the track, leaving it for a couple of weeks to dry out – it was even rained on so that washed more sugars out. Freshly slashed grass can have more toxins that affect horses as the grass tries to recover, so its a good idea to leave it at least a week or two before allowing horses back on.

Now, as the track gets eaten down, I can let the youngsters in the middle for a few hours a day to eat a bit extra, and the mare can stay out on feed she can tolerate, supplemented with a bit of hay and her regular minerals and chaff. The beauty of this is that the mare can move around with the herd so no-one feels left out or in need of running through a fence. It’s also a great way to wean a foal as they are only stopped from drinking and not from being near their mum.

The more I look for information on using tracks, commonly called Paddock Paradise, the more I see it as the ultimate way to keep horses and stretch the grass consumption over a longer period of time too. During the drought, the track can be the sacrifice area and the majority of the pasture can survive with reduced or minimal grazing.

In spring, the track is the safest place for equines prone to laminitis, tender hooves, and behavioural problems associated with rye grass consumption – or even with weed consumption such as flatweed (false dandelion) that causes stringhalt. In this case you would need to scrape the track back to bare dirt and feed hay.

To counteract the problem of manure and not having the ability to pick it all up (most of our pastures are on steep land so impossible to use a ‘poo sucker’ as I call them), I’m setting up a track in every paddock so the horses can be rotated around them, allowing some to rest.

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Corn
Trends
Short Term: Down
Net Long Futures and Options: 154796
Long Term: Down
Change: -6000
Overnight Trade: U -10 3/4 Z -12 3/4
Opening Calls: Higher

The corn numbers weren’t as negative as feared. Ending stocks estimates for both the old crop and new crop were higher than last month at 880 and 870 million respectively, which was expected, but not as high as the average trade guesses. New crop ending stocks are still below 1 billion, which is a psychological boost, and will return the focus of the market to the weather, which at the moment is turning more bullish.


Wheat
Trends
Short Term: Down

Net Long Futures and Options: -51255
Long Term: Down
Change: -3000
Overnight Trade: Chicago: U -12 3/4 KC: U -10 1/4
Opening Calls: Higher

The wheat numbers ended up being friendly with the new crop ending stocks estimate actually falling below last month at 670 million. Surprisingly, to me at least, was that this was not because of lower production. Production was actually increased, but the demand figures were increased enough, particularly exports, to offset the higher production. This should allow for a decent short covering rally in the wheat.


Soybeans
Trends
Short Term: Up Net Long Futures and Options: 33449
Long Term: Down Change: +1000
Overnight Trade: U -11 X-11 1/4
Opening Calls: Mixed

The soybean figures were slightly negative with the old crop ending stocks at 200 million and new crop at 175. Since the numbers were really close to expectations I think that the weather will be a lot more important that the report today and the rest of the week. The heat moving into the corn belt should be supportive to the market.

Live Cattle
Trend
Short Term: Up
Long Term: Up
Opening Calls: 10-30 Lower

Live cattle futures closed steady to moderately higher on Monday, as traders ignored slumping world economic concerns to rally from sharply lower opening trade. Limit higher move in the August lean hog contract provided support. Hogs are higher on rumors of large exports into China. Less competing meat into the fourth quarter should provide excellent support for the fat cattle market. Overnight markets have trimmed back most of Monday’s gains. equities continue to struggle.

Feeder Cattle
Trends
Short Term: Up
Long Term: Up
Opening Call: 30-50 Lower

Feeder cattle futures posted moderate to stout gains on Monday, supported by lower corn and higher fats. Cash feeders continue to support, at near record high levels. This mornings’ grain supply/demand report could change opening calls for the feeders. Expectations for a low June placement number will add support.

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Hay Bars’ introduction has truly revolutionised a lot of large yards. The initial investment is quickly recouped by reduced waste and reduction in ‘man hours’ spent laboriously filling hay nets.

HayBar pony feeder

Hay and haylage are the recognised feed but now we have even more choice with many different bagged forage products designed to cater for horses with various feeding problems. COPD, laminitics, dental abnormalities and horses with digestive problems all benefit from bagged forage. How to contain these chop like forages is made easier with Hay Bar. The new version Pony Hay Bar is ideal as it is even easier to clean out when feeding these hay replacements.

Feeding from the floor in the natural position is an aid to maintaining clear sinuses and helps to alleviate back and neck problems. Dental abnormalities are seen far less frequently in horses fed from Hay Bars. Both horse and owner benefit from the Hay Bar system, and with the reduced labour costs and reduction in waste of both bedding and forage, make it an investment that more than pays for itself.

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Livestock scales were created for the weighing of large farmyard animals such as horses, sheep, and cattle. These scales are designed to be able to withstand and accurately weigh animals that weigh several tons. Needless to say, that type of weight measurement can not be achieved on standard bathroom scales or even typical veterinary scales which are designed to weigh small and midsized animals such as dogs and cats.

Livestock scales play a large part in the lives of veterinarians who specialize in the health care of farm animals. It is important to have such a scale on hand to readily be able to weigh animals who are perceived to be ill. These scales also play a big role in the upkeep of healthy animals in zoos around the world. You might be amused to know that the same scale used to weigh cows can also be used to weigh crocodiles.

Many times, and probably more often than not, animals who step onto the livestock scales will not stay still for the time that it would take to get an accurate measurement from a traditional scale. Manufacturers of such scales have kept that in mind and design these scales with weight average and hold options that can help to ensure accurate measurements whether the animal is moving about on top of the scale or not. This is essential in making sure that animals are weighed correctly.

Livestock scales are also commonly used on farms where livestock is frequently bought and sold or raised for profit. Needless to say, these types of scales need to be incredibly durable to withstand harsh farm conditions. Most heavy duty livestock scales designed to be used on farms are water resistant to protect them from rain and animal waste. Typically, their sensors are made of durable stainless steel, also a precautionary measure when dealing with animals that can behave in an unpredictable manner.

As you can see, livestock scales can be found in more places than just the veterinarians office. Many farmers would not be able to make due without them.

There are several different types of livestock scales on the market designed for different weight ranges and with different features. All models are typically very durable for their purpose, but some have added features for different weighing situations.

You may be surprised to know that livestock scales aren’t as expensive as some people think, with small scales designed to weigh animals of 700 pounds and lighter starting at around $250. Many scales that weigh animals up to 2,000 pounds cost under $1,000. The price is all dependent upon the manufacturer of the scale and what functionality that you need the scale to perform.

To get more information on a cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our cattle guards informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our bulk feed bins informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our cattle gestation chart informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our cattle scales informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our grain weight conversion informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our hay feeders informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our hog feeders informational site.

To get more information on cattle guards, cattle scale, cattle guard, or pig feeder, please visit our livestock scales informational site.