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Volatile uncertainty rules cattle markets

published: April 3rd 2020 by: Wes Ishmael

Traversing cattle and beef markets since the COVID-19 panic began is a lot like climbing on a green-broke horse for the first time and heading up a steep mountain trail; hopeful calm mixed with the expected, sudden breaking in two and no good place to bail out....

Sheep prices steady, goats great amid uncertain market conditions

published: March 27th 2020 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

    Texas sheep and goat producers are experiencing a mixed bag of good-to-stable prices amid increased market uncertainty as they get farther into 2020, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Use the numbers-correctly

published: February 20th 2020 by: Matt Spangler source: University of Nebraska associate professor and beef genetics Extension specialist

This bull sale season, profit-minded cattle producers will utilize expected progeny differences (EPD) and economic selection indices when selecting their next group of bulls. These tools are far more accurate at predicting the average difference in offspring than visual appraisal or actual weights....

Marketing your calves

published: February 20th 2020 by: Dr. Joe C. Paschal source: ICA Of Texas

This past January, I was asked to moderate a session at the Bexar County Beef Cattle Short Course on “Marketing Your Calves – What Producers Need to Know”. The panel included Mike Brzozowski, Gonzales Livestock Com-mission Co....

Will Walmart’s new beef packing facility influence cattle prices?

published: February 4th 2020 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

A couple of questions concerning Walmart opening a beef packing facility and how the new facility would influence cattle prices. The short answer is that the opening of this facility is not likely to change cattle prices much at all....

Goals for your cow herd in 2020

published: January 24th 2020 by: Garth Ruff, Ohio State University Extens

By Garth Ruff, Ohio State University Extension     Each year I like to look and evaluate any upcoming opportunities and set goals for the New Year in an effort to better myself both professionally and personally....

Farmers hear about challenges of growing hemp

published: January 24th 2020 by: Karol Osborne

Alexandria, La. — Industrial hemp is gaining interest as farmers explore the potential for increased profits from growing hemp varieties used for fiber, seed and cannabidiol, or CBD, oil.     “This crop will have its growing pains through the first couple of years due to so many unknowns, particularly labor costs, market risks and production variables,” said LSU AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto....

Cattle on Feed Climb Above a Year Ago

published: December 3rd 2019 by: David P Anderson source: The Ohio State University Extension

NASS released its November Cattle on Feed report on Friday November 22. The report indicated more cattle on feed than a year ago for the first time since August, 2019. On feed inventories totaled 11....

USDA Cattle on Feed Report for September released

published: October 3rd 2019 by: Stephen R. Koontz source: The Ohio State University Extension

The USDA NASS Cattle on Feed report for September was released last Friday. My take on the report is that it is reasonably bullish. The fear and panic that impact cattle markets after the news of the fire at, and temporary closure of, the Tyson Finney County Plant has not much abated over the past 6 weeks....

The impact of basis in fed cattle

published: September 18th 2019 by: Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & E source: Mississippi State University

A relationship sometimes overlooked but important to the flow of cattle is the difference between the cash and futures price or the basis. For example, at the end of last week, the 5-area weekly weighted average cash price for all grades of live steers was $101....

Adding Value to Your Feeder Calves This Fall

published: August 22nd 2019 by: Garth Ruff source: The Ohio State University Extension

As summer slips past us yet again and with fall rapidly approaching it is time to discuss how to maximize the value of feeder calves that will be hitting the market in late September and October. If you have been following the cattle futures both fed cattle and feeders have been on a roller coaster here as of late....

Pork and beef exports rebound in May; volume and value reach 2019 highs

published: August 7th 2019 source: USMEF

May exports of U.S. pork and beef were steady with last year’s strong volumes and increased year-over-year in value, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....

First Quarter beef, pork exports below last year’s pace; lamb exports trend higher

published: May 17th 2019

For the first quarter of 2019, U.S. beef exports were slightly below last year’s record pace while pork exports continued to be slowed by trade barriers, according to March data released by USDA and compiled by the U....

Braunvieh releases Residual Feed Intake EPD

published: April 5th 2019

SEGUIN, Texas – The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is among the first breed associations to release a multi-breed residual feed intake (RFI) expected progeny difference (EPD). The BAA is the first breed association to collaborate with Grow-Safe Systems® to publish an RFI EPD derived from the GrowSafe network database....

International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

published: January 22nd 2019 by: Cody Weems source: Texas A&M Animal Science Dept

CAMERON — Though markets aren’t likely to take off in 2019, cattle experts believe an increasing global demand for beef should keep prices steady. Dozens of cattle producers converged on Cameron on Thursday for the 38th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, where market experts discussed about the state of the industry....

Evolving consumer demands are reshaping dairy supply chains

published: January 21st 2019 source: CoBank

DENVER —Consumer demand for more transparency and a sense of connection to where their food is grown or produced continues to have a significant impact on food supply chains. For the dairy industry, these evolving demand drivers will affect supply chains in different ways....

Know the cull cow grades before you sell

published: October 19th 2018 by: Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Some culling of beef cows occurs in most herds every year at weaning time. The Beef Audits have generally shown that cull cows, bulls, and cull dairy cows make up about 20% of the beef available for consumption in the United States....

Use Your Eyes and Records to Decide Which Cows to Cull

published: October 10th 2018 by: Michelle Arnold, DVM (Ruminant Extension source: Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

  October32018   Bad hooves or claws are an example of structural problems that adversely affect performance. Which cows in your herd are consistently making you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep....

Fair ag trade matters to rural America

published: August 14th 2018 by: Zippy Duvall source: American Farm Bureau

August recess is here, and Capitol Hill will soon be deserted as representatives and senators flock back home for the rest of this summer. The end-of-summer recess has historically been an important time for representatives and senators to meet with constituents and hear about the impact of policies and decisions coming out of Washington....

How the new tariffs affect the beef industry

published: August 10th 2018 by: Charley Martinez and David Anderson source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

As the summer comes to an end, beef producers are thinking about breeding, planting, hay cutting, and prepping for the upcoming winter.  A person would have to be on an extremely deserted island to not have heard about tariffs, retaliatory tariffs and trade wars....

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