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Why do we export beef?

published: September 21st 2022 by: James Mitchell, livestock marketing spec source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Let’s talk exports. Specifically, what beef do we export? And, why do we export it?             The Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) forecasts 2022 commercial cattle slaughter at 33....

Researchers at UTIA analyze price ranges from fed cattle negotiated cash sales

published: September 16th 2022 source: University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In the wake of unprecedented market shocks in the fed cattle industry, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) teamed up with Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University to analyze the factors affecting price ranges in negotiated cash sales....

Tensions surrounding U.S. beef exports to China

published: September 16th 2022 by: Elliott Dennis, University of Nebraska-L source: Southern Livestock Standard

Over the last several weeks there have been ongoing heightened tensions between the US and China over the Taiwan situation. This has caused some concern among producers about the sensitivity of the U.S....

Analyzing last week’s markets

published: August 24th 2022 by: Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee

  August242022 FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 to $3 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $142 to $143 in the South and $148 to $150 in the North while dressed prices were mainly $234....

Is this a fall pricing opportunity for feeders?

published: August 5th 2022 by: Kenny Burdine source: University of Kentucky

As has been the case all year, there is no shortage of factors to discuss when it comes to this cattle market. Drought has intensified in much of the Southern Plains and has also moved into large portions of the Southeast since early summer....

In the markets

published: July 27th 2022 by: Elliott Dennis source: University of Nebraska

It is no secret that slaughter cow numbers this year have been elevated but it’s the rate they have occurred that has been puzzling. Higher input costs in the form of hay, pasture rent, fuel, etc....

July 1 Cattle Inventory down 2 percent

published: July 26th 2022 source: USDA

All cattle and calves in the United States on July 1, 2022 totaled 98.8 million head, 2 percent below the 101 million head on July 1, 2021. All cows and heifers that have calved totaled 39.8 million head, 2 percent below the 40....

May beef exports reach new heights; pork exports largest of 2022

published: July 22nd 2022 source: USMEF

U.S. beef exports set new volume and value records in May, topping $1 billion for the fourth time this year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. While pork exports were well below last year’s large totals, shipments were the largest of 2022 in both volume and value....

Counter-seasonal opportunity for feeder cattle markets

published: July 15th 2022 by: Stephen R. Koontz source: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University

Events on the grains markets appear to be communicating the potential for counter-seasonal opportunities in feeder cattle markets.  There is the potential for price strength into the fall. Grain markets spent the first five months of this year rallying to impressive highs: $7....

Red meat exports deliver value back to corn and soybean producers, says study

published: June 20th 2022 source: USMEF

  Record-level red meat exports of $18.7 billion in 2021 had a major impact on the corn and soybean industries, according to an independent study by the Juday Group. The study quantified the returns that red meat exports brought to corn and soybean producers in 2021 nationally, and at state levels for leading corn-producing and soybean-producing states....

United States Cattle on Feed Up 2 Percent

published: May 27th 2022 source: USDA

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 12.0 million head on May 1, 2022. The inventory was 2 percent above May 1, 2021....

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....

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