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AgDay Daily Recap -December 31, 2014

08:57AM Dec 31, 2014

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 31, 2014

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY - A LOOKBACK AT LIVESTOCK IN 2014
WHAT A YEAR FOR CATTLE AS THE BULLS TOOK OVER. BUT HEAVIER WEIGHTS MAY HIT TIPPING POINT 2015. POULTRY FARMERS AREN'T COMPLAINING...HIGHER PRICES AND LOWER FEED COSTS WERE THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. IT WAS A YEAR OF HEALING FOR DAIRY...
AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY SILVERADO 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.
YEAR IN REVIEW:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS, AND WELCOME TO A SPECIAL YEAR IN REVIEW EDITION OF AGDAY. TODAY WE'RE LOOKING BACK AT 2014 IN LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION.
FROM RECORD HIGH PRICES IN CATTLE, TO DEALING WITH PEDV IN HOGS TO THREATS FROM AVIAN FLU IN POULTRY PRODUCTION. IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING YEAR TO REPORT ON TO SAY THE LEAST.
TEASE:
UP NEXT WE'RE HEADED TO MICHIGAN FOR A STOP AT A TURKEY FARM....WHERE OWNERS SAY THEY'VE HAD THEIR OWN RECORD YEAR.
POULTRY PRICES:
DESPITE THE LOOMING THREAT OF AVIAN FLU, ITS BEEN A RELATIVELY GOOD YEAR FOR POULTRY PRODUCERS. HIGH CATTLE AND HOG PRICES HELPED DRAG THE POULTRY SECTOR WITH IT. THAT'S GOOD NEWS CHICKEN AND TURKEY GROWERS FOLLOWING SEVERAL YEARS OF HIGH FEED COSTS AND THIN MARGINS. TYNE MORGAN TALKED WITH A TURKEY PRODUCER IN HOLLAND, MICHIGAN WHO SAYS THERE'S PLENTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN 2014.
TEASE:
UP NEXT, FROM POULTRY BARNS TO MILK PARLORS…IT'S A LOOK AT THE RECORD RUN FOR DAIRY IN 2014.
ROOK DAIRY:
US DAIRY FARMERS HAVE BEEN CHURNING OUT A LOT OF MILK IN 2014. AT THE SAME TIME, MILK PRICES HIT NEW RECORD HIGHS. ALL WHILE FEED COSTS STAY LOW. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK LOOKS AT THE 2014 RIDE AND HOW LONG IT COULD LAST.
TEASE:
THANKS MICHELLE. DAIRY WASN'T THE ONLY COMMODITY WITH AN INTERESTING PRICE RALLY THIS YEAR. PORK PRODUCERS DID TOO. A LOOK AT THAT MARKET AND THE CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED IS COMING UP NEXT.
PEDV:
FOR THE PORK INDUSTRY, IT WAS A YEAR OF HIGH PRICES, AND FOR SOME, GREAT LOSS.
THAT'S BECAUSE PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIAHREA VIRUS, OR P-E-D-V, SPREAD THROUGHOUT FARMS. THE DEATH TOLL IS NOW CLOSE TO 8 MILLION. BUT MANY EXPECT THAT NUMBER TO GROW, AS WINTER COLD BRINGS THE POTENTIAL OF FRESH OUTBREAKS.
PED VACCINE:
USDA APPROVED TWO VACCINES FOR PEDV IN 2014. HARRIS-VACCINES WHICH RECEIVED PERMISSION IN JUNE TO MARKET THEIR VACCINE...WE VISITED THE HARRIS LABS BEFORE IT GOT APPROVAL. THEN IN SEPTEMBER A SECOND VACCINE FROM ZOETIS WAS GRANTED A CONDITIONAL LICENSE. THE COMPANY SAYS THE VACCINE HELPS PIGS DEVELOP ANTIBODIES THAT CAN BE TRANSMITTED TO THEIR NEWBORN PIGLETS.
CLOSE:

THANKS BETSY. SOME OF THE EARLY FINANCIAL RELIEF CAME FROM 'THE RANCHER RELIEF FUND" --SUPPORTED BY NUMEROUS SOUTH DAKOTA GROUPS.  IT RAISED 5-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS ...SOME OF THOSE GIFTS IN THE FORM OF LIVESTOCK. DONATIONS WENT TO 600 RANCH FAMILIES IN 16 COUNTIES. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN FOR THIS SPECIAL LOOK BACK AT 2014. TOMMORROW IT'S THE CROP SIDE'S TURN...THE YEAR THAT WAS FOR FARMERS…

 

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