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Basic Livestock Supply Shortages Will Impact Producers--Plan Accordingly

Basic Livestock Supply Shortages Will Impact Producers in Coming Months Shortages and supply distribution disruptions will impact livestock producers as they source commonly used products like medications, feed ingredients, animal identifications, syringes, etc going into 2022. Reports from major manufactures, veterinarians, and feed distributors indicate livestock producers are having difficulty sourcing basic supplies like ear tags, lysine feed supplement, syringes, and medications/vaccines. Producers should check their on-hand supplies and plan to order products early to ensure they have them on hand when needed. Submitted by Sarah M. Smith Farm Animal Risk Mitigation Prepare Prevent Webinars Available For Small-Scale Livestock Producers University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are holding a series of webinars to provide you with information on animal health and biosecurity, and to guide you in the development of a biosecurity plan for your operation. This webinar series falls within our Farm Animal Risk Mitigation Prepare Prevent Evaluate (FARM PPE) Project*. The overall goal of this project is to develop and improve biosecurity measures among livestock and poultry operations of various scales, including alternative agricultural systems (i.e., small-scale, diversified, and backyard farms), through an outreach program and capacity-building. There will be a total of eight webinars organized once a week on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6 PM PST/6:30 to 7 PM MT starting January 4th, 2022, until March 1st, 2022. Five webinars will be held live using Zoom, and the other three will be pre-recorded and posted on the https://farmppe.netlify.app/. There will be a 30-minutes Q&A session at the end of each live webinar. If you are interested in attending, please register (https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8D5CMISwGnwIOcC) so that they can send you the Zoom links to connect to the live sessions, along with a link to view the recording of the webinars after they have taken place in case you could not attend and are interested in watching them during your own time. All recordings (both live and pre-recorded webinars) will also be available on the FARM PPE website.

Fertilizer Prices Spike Fertilizer prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks with most products at or near record highs. The difficulty has been how quickly fertilizer prices have risen with most seeing a significant spike starting in late-September. According to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Illinois Production Cost Report (a bi-weekly report) the average price for anhydrous ammonia last week was $1,434.38 per ton. Last week’s price was the highest on record according to data going back to 2008 and a more than three-fold increase from the same week a year ago. Since the start of the year anhydrous ammonia prices have increased 186.5% or $934 per ton and since late-September prices have jumped 82.0% or $646.

Anhydrous ammonia prices have been the most drastic increase, but USDA AMS reported prices for other products has been impressive. Compared to a year ago, the average price for urea (46-0-0) has jumped 155% ($557) to $915 per ton, liquid nitrogen (28% spread) up 166% ($351) to $564 per ton, and potash 127% ($439) higher to $785 per ton. Both DAP (Diammonium Phosphate 18%N 46%P) and MAP (Monoammonium Phosphate 11%N 52%P) have gradually increased from the prior year rising 79% ($364) and 93% ($426), respectively, to an average price of $826 and $887 per ton last week. The report also provides diesel prices which have increased 60% from the last year to $2.87 per gallon. The last time fertilizer prices reached to similar levels as the current prices was 2008 according to the USDA AMS Illinois Production Cost Report. One culprit that has caused to the spike in fertilizer prices has been the supply disruptions that have plagued not only the fertilizer industry but many sectors in recent months. Inflation has also been a contributing factor to higher fertilizer prices. The main question for producers is will fertilizer prices continue to rise into the spring? Depending on how fertilizer prices react in the coming months may drive producer decisions on how many corn and soybean acres to plant. Producers are likely to actively considering ways to minimize fertilizer costs, which will include crop planting decisions. Extension educators have been recommending producers have soil tests conducted to determine if fertilizer is needed and plan application needs as necessary. www.lmic.info, December 3, 2021

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