I am feeling really bummed today. With the “siberian-like” temperatures we have this weekend in Minnesota, I thought I would spend some time in my office and work on our year-end farm analysis. I wish I had done something else. It’s days like today how this is the part of farming I hate and also how it affects sustainability.
In case you are not aware, prices for everything we raise (pigs, corn and soybeans) are very low. We just sold a group of hogs and I can honestly say it has been a very long time since we sold pigs for such a low price. And it stinks.
What did our pig check cover?
As I looked at our records, the check we received didn’t cover the cost of the pig (when it arrived on our farm at 3 weeks of age) and the feed. What else did it not cover? Well for starters — hired labor, veterinary, supplies, repairs, heat, electricity, insurance, interest, building costs, etc. Yes, this means we worked for nothing. Nada. Zilch. But this check was less than nothing because we still have to pay for all the other expenses it did not cover. Continue Reading