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Costs, Returns, Production And Financial Efficiency Of Niche Pork Production In 2008, David R. Stender, James Kliebenstein, Richard Ness, John W. Mabry, Gary Huber Sep 2009

Costs, Returns, Production And Financial Efficiency Of Niche Pork Production In 2008, David R. Stender, James Kliebenstein, Richard Ness, John W. Mabry, Gary Huber

Iowa Pork Industry Center Reports

This report provides a summary of the costs, returns, and production and financial performance for participating niche pork producer s for the year 2008. There were 18 niche pork farrow-to-finish producers who completed record s for 2008. These 18 operations were typically ‘natural’ producers, meaning their pigs were raised without antibiotics using bedded pens with outdoor access.


Remodeling Your Production System, Derrell S. Peel, John D. Lawrence Feb 2009

Remodeling Your Production System, Derrell S. Peel, John D. Lawrence

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

Production systems developed and optimized with $1.25/lb calves, $2/bu corn, $40/ton hay, $30/acre pasture rents and $150/ton nitrogen need to be re-evaluated in the light of higher input costs and cheaper calves. Economic returns to cowherds depend on both revenue and costs. Both of these depend on your production system and most if not all the pieces interact within the system of production, marketing and management. Following an overview of the economic implications of changing market conditions, we discuss a few of the critical factors that producers should evaluate and before deciding to remodel ...


Beef Outlook In Uncertain Times, Derrell S. Peel, John D. Lawrence Feb 2009

Beef Outlook In Uncertain Times, Derrell S. Peel, John D. Lawrence

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

Forecasting beef and cattle markets by definition deals with the unknown, but conditions at the start of 2009 are more uncertain than usual. Typically, economists assume that demand is relatively stable from year to year and supply is the primary source of forecast error. However, as we have seen in recent months, both supply and demand are in play and many of the historic relationships used in predicting the future may not hold water in volatile markets. Following a lengthy discussion about the factors that impact the cattle market and how they have changed, we will provide our outlook for ...


A Study Of The Factors That Influence Consumer Attitudes Towards Beef Products Using The Conjoint Market Analysis Tool, Brian E. Mennecke, Anthony M. Townsend, Dermot J. Hayes, Steven M. Lonergan Jan 2009

A Study Of The Factors That Influence Consumer Attitudes Towards Beef Products Using The Conjoint Market Analysis Tool, Brian E. Mennecke, Anthony M. Townsend, Dermot J. Hayes, Steven M. Lonergan

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Beef producers looking for a competitive edge in today's markets need information about the qualities that consumers consider most important. Using conjoint marketing analysis allowed the investigators to sort out the most relevant characteristics for meat purchasers.


Construction Resource Use Of Two Different Types And Scales Of Iowa Swine Production Facilities, Peter J. Lammers, Mark S. Honeyman, Jay D. Harmon, James B. Kliebenstein, Matthew J. Helmers Jan 2009

Construction Resource Use Of Two Different Types And Scales Of Iowa Swine Production Facilities, Peter J. Lammers, Mark S. Honeyman, Jay D. Harmon, James B. Kliebenstein, Matthew J. Helmers

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

As global populations and affluence rise, there is increasing demand for energy, animal protein, and construction materials. In many cases, available resource pools are insufficient to meet growing market demands, resulting in increased prices and competition for limited resources. This study evaluates key construction resources needed to build different types and scales of Iowa swine production facilities. Two types of facilities — conventional confinement and hoop barn-based — within farrow-to-finish pig production systems scaled to produce either 5,200 or 15,600 market pigs annually are examined. Conventional confinement facilities are typical of pork industry practice in the United States and are ...