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Beef cattle faring well going into fall, winter

published: September 29th 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Most Texas cattle producers experienced cooler, wetter summer conditions than normal, but weather has turned drier over the past few weeks as they prepare for fall and winter. Prices on most cattle classes have also been higher over the course of 2021 than in previous years....

Value Captured from Improved Production Practices: What does the sale data say?

published: September 3rd 2021 by: Sandy Johnson source: K State Unversity Extension

Weaning time is still a way off for many producers but it is never too early to think about your marketing strategy for those calves.  A variety of factors influence the value of a given lot of calves and while many of those factors are known, the magnitude of differences is harder to pinpoint....

Food availability depends on agricultural imports and exports

published: August 20th 2021 by: Paul Schattengerg source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M agricultural economists look at agricultural trade benefits to consumers, economy Economic activity related to the importation and exportation of agricultural products benefits consumers and helps stimulate both the Texas and U....

Broad-based growth drives U.S. beef and pork exports to new heights

published: August 6th 2021 source: USMEF

Fueled by impressive growth in a wide range of destinations, U.S. beef and pork export value shattered previous records in May, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....

International trade update

published: July 30th 2021 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University Department of Ag Economics

  July212021 USDA ERS released the estimates for beef trade during the month of May on July 6th. The export data show a sharp increase as compared to the pandemic-disrupted levels from a year ago....

Profile of bull buyers survey released

published: May 19th 2021 source: Angus Beef Bulletin

A total of 1,022 people in 42 states responded to a survey investigating characteristics of bull buyers. Some pertinent findings were: -       84% of respondents were commercial cow/calf producers, 7% seedstock....

Reviewing the week from a market view

published: May 4th 2021 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady to $1 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $120 to $122 while dressed prices were mostly $191 to $193. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $121....

Beef, cattle prices on the rise

published: April 15th 2021 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

Stronger-than-normal seasonal demand for beef is driving fed cattle prices upward, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Seasonal beef demand historically rises in the spring, especially leading up to grilling season, which kicks off Memorial Day, said David Anderson, Ph....

Spring is here

published: April 14th 2021 by: David P. Anderson, Professor and Extensi source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

  April142021 After languishing for weeks at about $114 per cwt the fed cattle market has sprung to life. Fed cattle prices hit $123-124 in more Northern regions and closed the week at $121 in the Southern Plains....

Top three traits to consider when buying replacement females

published: March 19th 2021 by: Caitlin Richards

Purchasing replacement females is sometimes the best option economically and logistically, for some producers. The investment is usually high and with various options to consider, purchasing replacement heifers can seem overwhelming....

Cattle economics: Cow-calf and stocker cattle budgets

published: February 10th 2021 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

Each year, we (i.e. me and a colleague under the umbrella of the University of Tennessee Extension) develop a cow-calf and stocker budget. This budget is developed primarily with Tennessee producers in mind, but the Microsoft Excel versions are flexible enough to meet the needs of most any producer in the United States....

Recaping the latest week’s market

published: January 8th 2021 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were primarily $109 to $112 while dressed prices were mainly $174 to $176. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Wednesday were $111....

Economist reviews shocks to beef industry with implications for cattle, beef prices ahead

published: November 24th 2020 source: K State Unversity Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The beef cattle industry has already experienced three big “shocks” this year and the effects are ongoing, but have been blunted to some extent, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist....

Seasonality in fed cattle transactions and the role of negotiated cash

published: October 30th 2020 by: Elliott Dennis source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Alternative Marketing Arrangements (AMA) have once again taken center stage in the cattle market over the last several weeks. It is common knowledge that the use of AMAs varies by geographical region with Southern Plains feedlots using a larger share relative to North-ern Plains feedlots....

Retail beef market embraces changes, new cuts for consumers

published: October 16th 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

AgriLife Extension expert outlines some new options from familiar beef cuts... Chuck flap, rib-eye filet, tomahawk steak, Denver or Sierra cuts, flat irons and tri tips – the landscape of the local grocery meat case is changing when it comes to beef cuts, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Ex-tension Service expert....

Plan your winter cattle feeding program and save money

published: October 16th 2020 by: Robert Wells, Ph.D source: Noble Research Institute

How would you like to save $15 per cow on your winter feeding bill? What if I said you could easily do it by making one timely change to what you are feeding your cows grazing on native grass pasture? Many people only buy one feed type during the winter....

Value of farm business plan shows when death or illness strikes

published: October 16th 2020 by: By Linda Geist, University of Missouri E

Columbia, Mo. – The value of a farm business plan becomes clear when family members need to get on the same page or when sudden illness strikes, says Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist....

Record levels of Prime grading

published: October 16th 2020 by: By Josh Maples, Department of Agricultur

The percentage of steer and heifer carcasses grading prime so far during 2020 has outpaced normal levels. The average percent prime for the first seven months of 2020 was 10.6 percent which is the highest January-July average on record and about two percent higher than during the first seven months of 2019....

Cattle exports to Mexico surge

published: October 2nd 2020 by: David P. Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLif

Imports of feeder cattle from Mexico usually are reported with interest because ranchers and feeders in the U.S. import more than one million head per year, on average. The U.S. also exports cattle to Mexico, but in much smaller numbers....

Understanding the 2020 market and a look at the future

published: September 18th 2020 by: Caitlin Richards

While 2020 has been anything but normal, the cattle markets have been disappointing but not surprising. During the 2020 Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 3, CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach gave an overview of the 2020 market and a look at the future....

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