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Market comments

published: May 12th 2022 by: Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded mostly steady compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis primarily ranged from $141 to $144 while dressed prices were mainly $230 to $234. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $143....

Improvements and cautions

published: May 5th 2022 by: Stephen R. Koontz source: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University

The cattle markets bring a mix optimistic and caution news. Fed cattle prices are at levels not seen since mid-2015. The substantial heifer composition of FI fed slaughter and the reasonably aggressive beef cow slaughter and liquidation clearly communicates the tightening future beef supplies....

Global demand for U.S. beef continues to soar

published: April 26th 2022 source: USMEF

    U.S. beef exports posted another strong performance in February, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), led by excellent value growth in key Asian and Latin American markets....

Three questions for the 2022 cattle market

published: February 18th 2022 by: Kenny Burdine source: University of Kentucky

From my perspective, cow-calf operators have been as frustrated over the last couple of years as I have ever seen them. Several commodity markets improved a great deal during 2021, but the improvement in calf prices was pretty minimal....

The impact of price and management on culling decisions

published: February 18th 2022 by: Elliott Dennis, UNL livestock marketing

Editor’s Note: The following is a summary of the webinar “The Impact of Price and Management on Culling Decisions” given on Nov. 4, 2021, as part of the Center for Agriculture Profitability weekly webinar series housed in the Department of Agricul-tural Economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln....

Market review

published: January 5th 2022 by: Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $1 to $2 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis primarily ranged from $135 to $137 while dressed prices were mainly $217 to $219. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Wednesday were $135....

Compensating for rising temperatures without compromising beef quality

published: December 10th 2021 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas A&M AgriLife research aims to improve economic value of tropically adapted beef cattle Incorporating Brahman genetics into beef cattle herds amid changing environmental temperatures in the southwest has one Texas A&M AgriLife team researching the physiological differences in cattle breeds and temperament to enhance beef quality from these heat-tolerant cattle....

Summary of the October 2021 COF Report

published: November 12th 2021 by: James Mitchell source: University of Arkansas

USDA released the October Cattle on Feed report on Friday, Oct. 22nd. The Oct. 1st estimate for cattle on feed inventories for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 11.6 million, a 1.4 percent decline from last year....

Don’t let “feed price sticker shock” paralyze your management

published: November 12th 2021 by: Kevin Laurent, University of Kentucky De source: University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only constant in life is change” and boy have things been changing lately. Given all the negativity that seems to catch the headlines, there has been some positive changes in the cattle markets....

Next generation cattle innovation

published: November 12th 2021 by: Kindra Gordon

The global pandemic is being blamed for several negative influences in the world, particularly related to economic and social issues. But, one positive outcome emerging is the accelerating adoption of technology disruptors to make enhancements to industries, businesses and everyday lives....

Control what you can control

published: November 12th 2021 by: Chip Kemp source: American Simmental Association/International Genetic Solutions commercial and industry operations

Many have written endless articles on the varying pitfalls of our chosen profession. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m guilty of that exact thing. But, in truth, we can boil it down to controlling those things we can control to set ourselves up to better navigate the challenges of those things we cannot control....

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....

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