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Livestock Farmer Says Drought Spiking Feed Prices

December 17, 2012, 6:19 AM

Livestock Farmer Says Drought Spiking Feed Prices
GAYVILLE, SD -

A Gayville livestock farmer says his farm has gone from probably the wettest 18-month stretch to the driest 18-month stretch on record.

Jim Petrik raises pigs and cows and sells breeder hogs to other pork producers.

Petrik says that the dry conditions have caused feed prices to spike and that's making a difference on the pigs to come. He says his Gayvlle farm is below 10 inches of precipitation in the last 16 months, which is drier than it was in the 1930s.

Petrik just got a group of piglets a few weeks ago, and because of the summer's heat, they'll probably be more expensive to produce.

He says inventories are going to be tight this spring.

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