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Transportation shrink in beef cattle

published: September 22nd 2020 by: Stephen Boyles source: The Ohio Beef Leader

A better understanding of factors affecting shrink should help buyers and sellers of cattle to arrive at a fair pencil shrink under specific marketing conditions. Types of Shrink. There are two types of shrink....

July Beef and Pork Exports rebound, but still below year-ago

published: September 15th 2020 source: USMEF

  July exports of U.S. beef rebounded from recent lows but remained below 2019 levels, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). U.S. pork exports, which are on a record pace in 2020, were also down from a year ago in July but increased compared to June....

June remained a tough month for beef exports

published: August 28th 2020 source: USMEF

June exports of U.S. pork fell below year-ago levels for the first time this year but exports remain on a record pace in 2020, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....

Prices move up last week

published: August 26th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Pric-es on a live basis were primarily $106 to $108 while dressed prices were mainly $168 to $170. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $106....

Beef export and import adjustments

published: August 12th 2020 by: Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & E source: Mississippi State University

U.S. beef trade continues to adjust to supply and demand shocks. The latest data release from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) shows the impact of these shocks on U.S beef exports and imports....

Changing grid premiums and discounts due to underlying changes in the fed cattle industry

published: August 10th 2020 by: Elliott Dennis source: University of Nebraska

In recent weeks there has been increased attention given to the role of Alternative Marketing Arrangements, commonly referred to as AMA's, in the fed cattle market. The use of these AMA’s varies greatly by region and some of the more common AMA’s used include grid and formula pricing....

Marketing cull cows, not if, but when

published: August 7th 2020 by: Lyda Garcia and Steve Boyles source: The Ohio Beef Leader

The marketing time on cull cattle depends on factors of health, body condition, season and cost of retention and feeding.  Cattle that have immediate health issues should be marketed immediately.  Health problems can lead to more muscle loss or damage....

Fed cattle prices and big supplies

published: August 6th 2020 by: David P. Anderson source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

August52020   Cash fed cattle prices have been slowly increasing over the last couple of weeks even as they continue to be under pressure by abundant supplies of cattle and beef. The five market fed cattle weekly average price was $97....

Be flexible in your marketing plan

published: July 30th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

The marketing process is always a topic of discussion. There have been several vague questions that broach this topic and result in a longer discussion. Given the dynamics of marketing, here are a few thoughts that may be useful....

Market comments

published: July 27th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

  July222020 FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $95 to $97 while dressed prices mainly $157 to $158. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $96....

Cull Cow Market Dynamics

published: July 17th 2020 by: Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & E source: Mississippi State University

No segment of the cattle industry has been spared from the uncertainty and turmoil driven by COVID-19. However, the dynamics for the slaughter cow market have been a little different than those for the live cattle coming from feedlots that have garnered the most discussion due to plant disruptions....

Hold cattle and delay marketing, or move them on?

published: July 9th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

  July82020 Questions continue to be asked about holding on to cattle of all weight classes and delaying marketing of those animals. If calves are lightweight or soon to be weaned then this may still be a good alternative compared to marketing cattle in a soft market....

Cattle on Feed adjustments continue

published: June 24th 2020 by: David P. Anderson source: The Ohio Beef Leader

The cattle feeding part of the industry has been in the midst of dramatic adjustments over the last couple of months, just like the rest of the industry. USDA released its June Cattle on Feed report on Friday, June 19th and it showed some more adjustments, but this time back in the direction of normal....

Sheep, goat market update amid COVID-19 topic of June 11 online meeting

published: June 8th 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo will present its fourth online meeting on the impact of COVID-19 on sheep and goat markets June 11. The event will use the Zoom video meeting platform starting at 3 p....

Steady improvement

published: June 3rd 2020 by: Stephen R. Koontz source: Colorado State University

The week of May 9 is looking like the low point for Federally Inspected Commercial Fed Steer and Heifer slaughter numbers. That week saw 203,400 and 114,800 head. The most recent data, which are two weeks prior, is for May 16 and those numbers are 253,300 and 139,300 head....

Market disruptions

published: June 1st 2020 by: Matthew Diersen, Risk & Business Man source: South Dakota State University

  May272020 – The May Cattle on Feed report released last week showed a lower level on feed compared to a year earlier. Despite wide ranges of trade estimates for placements and marketings, once averaged together they were close to the actual numbers for April 2020....

Simbrah logos available

published: May 15th 2020 source: American Simbrah Breeders

The Simbrah World staff has designed logos that could work for breed promotion on caps, jackets and the likes. The logos are available in different sizes and variations by red or black Simbrah are provided at no cost....

Management considerations for backgrounding calves

published: May 15th 2020 by: Steve Boyles source: Ohio State University Extension

Backgrounding is the growing of steers and heifers from weaning until they enter the feedlot for finishing.  Backgrounding and stocker cattle are similar although backgrounding is sometimes associated with a dry lot, and stockering cattle is thought of as pasture-based system....

The basics of pricing freezer beef

published: May 15th 2020 by: Garth Ruff, Ohio State University Extens

COVID-19 has proven to be a catalyst for consumer demand for local product     Over the last decade the demand for locally raised meats have steadily increased and that demand has skyrocketed as of late, due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on animal agriculture and the meat packing sector....

New feeder calf marketing service creates opportunity for Hereford producers

published: April 17th 2020

Kansas City, Mo. — Hereford producers will have access to more marketing outlets for their feeder cattle thanks to a new partnership between the American Hereford Association (AHA) and S= Cattle Co....

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