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Chinese demand forecast down for soybeans and up for pork
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jocoshar23
Posted 4/14/2019 20:45 (#7439739 - in reply to #7437069)
Subject: RE: You can raise hogs perfectly fine in any old dairy barn.


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Kooiker - 4/13/2019 09:59

farmer4321 - 4/13/2019 10:17 It may be more work and not quite so convenient but back in the '70's and '80's guys around here used to do it all the time. If I hunted around, I could buy a dozen or more sows (or gilts) inside of a week and be in business. I've got enough soybeans in the bottom of my bin to feed sows until the new crop and then I'll have all I'll need. As slaughter facilities, I suspect that if the price of pork goes up locally, my pigs would all go local and thereby free up that much more to go international.





Yep

You go do that, find another 400 people to do the same and you'll have the equivalent number of sows as one new 5000 hd sow unit.

Find 800 people to do the same and you'll have the same amount of production as that new 5000 hd sow unit and modern finishing buildings.


There's a reason you don't see much of that anymore.   Even with $50/head profits its too damn much work for the return on your time.










Not to disagree, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And we arent hitting a home run on the grain farming by any means. Low overhead to get started and cash in while going is good, cash out when it gets tough without a multimillion dollar facility as overhead.

If it gets really good it will happen some, no permitting on a few sows vs large facility. The guys with established infrastructure and sow units will do really well just like the landlords from 2008-2013. The guys jumping in will be too late.

Edited by jocoshar23 4/14/2019 20:45
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