Posts Tagged ‘feed’

Hog farmers continue to see obstacles, but market improving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Swine producers are discovering the only constant in their industry is change. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said a variety of challenges have kept the state’s swine producers adjusting their strategies to avoid financial losses in recent decades. Just when producers adjust to overcome one […] [...]

State’s ranchers welcome rain; relieves feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rains are taking some feed-cost pressure off Mississippi cattle producers as the end of summer approaches. Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said summer droughts often reduce hay yields, and the resulting sparse grass in pastures can trigger hay feedings before the first frost hits. This year, […] [...]

Invasive stem maggots threaten state’s pasturelands

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Forage producers and their livestock are not the only ones admiring the plentiful bermudagrass fields and pastures across the state this year. Another invasive insect has arrived in Mississippi, this time to take a bite out of potentially strong hay yields. Stem maggots are joining the list of invasive species in the […] [...]

Hay and forage producers hoping for blue skies

by MBJ Staff Published: May 6,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, feed, forage, grass, hay, producer, rain, Weather, wet

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As pastures transition from cool-season to warm-season grasses, the state’s hay and forage producers hope for sunny days that are better suited to growing and harvesting quality crops. “We’re finishing up with our cool season forages, which are annual ryegrass, wheat and oats with some clovers mixed in,” said Mark Mowdy, an […] [...]

Poultry producers face myriad of challenges this year

by MBJ Staff Published: April 23,2013

Tags: agriculture, Chicken, competition, farm, farmer, farming, feed, feed cost, food, input cost, market, overhead, poultry, producer

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The impact of last year’s drought on feed costs is not the only challenge poultry growers face in 2013. Production costs, expansion issues, waste regulations, competition from other meat sources and the next grain crop are major factors impacting the poultry industry this year. “Some of the corn produced last year had […] [...]

Feed store paying for failure to get storm water permit

by Associated Press Published: December 11,2012

Tags: build, builder, buildimng, construction, environment, feed, permit, pollution, reailer, retail, runoff, seed, store, storm water

PONTOTOC — A Pontotoc feed store is paying $37,000 civil fine for failing to get a storm water permit before starting construction. Moore’s Feed Store agreed in September to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An order published by the department says that in May 2011, someone complained to MDEQ about […] [...]

State’s hay producers see increased yield

by MBJ Staff Published: October 29,2012

Tags: acre, acreage, agriculture, commodity, drought, dry, farm, farmer, farming, feed, field, fire ant, forage, harvest, hay, livestock, meadow, pest, rain, rainmy, Weather, wet, yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s hay producers increased acreage and yields this season in spite of variable rainfall across the state. “Hay production systems in the central part of the state had a really good season,” said Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University Extension Service forage specialist. “We’ve been blessed with quite a bit of rain in […] [...]

OSHA fines Omega for violations found after worker’s death

MOSS POINT — A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Sun Herald reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings yesterday from an inspection in […] [...]

Drought shrinking ranchers’ profits; consumers to feel impact

by MBJ Staff Published: July 25,2012

Tags: beef, cattle, corn, costs, drought, dry, feed, feed costs, food, forage, grass, hog, input costs, livestock, meat, pig, pork, price, severe weather, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will […] [...]

Sanderson sees better quarter, but still loses $8M

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc., for the first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, saw net sales of $517.8 million compared with $427.7 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the poultry company had a net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.36 per share, compared with a net loss of $33.6 million, or […] [...]

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