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Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new records

Fed cattle prices set new records this week on heavy volume. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $162.86/cwt, up $6.84 from last week's average. FULL STORY »

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies. FULL STORY »

Ag futures ended the week in decidedly mixed fashion

Corn futures posted a late bounce Friday afternoon. Large fall harvest prospects have recently exerted great pressure on the corn market, but concurrent slippage in the soy complex added weight this morning. FULL STORY »

Ag markets remained quite mixed at noon Friday

Corn futures dipped along with soy prices Friday morning. Large fall harvest prospects are exerting general pressure on the corn market, but concurrent slippage in the soy complex is also weigh on grains today. FULL STORY »

Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics

Rebuilding a beef cow herd to capture record-setting high prices is more than saving heifers to breed. Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist, said heifers need management – and new breeding technology. FULL STORY »

Registration open for World Beef Expo

Registrations are being accepted for the 22nd Annual World Beef Expo, presented by ADM Crop Risk Services, September 26th -28th at the Wisconsin State Park Fairgrounds in Milwaukee. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: May calving bull turnout is Aug. 1

Given later calving, 99 percent of the cows are calving within the first two breeding cycles (42 days) at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center switched to May calving in 2012. So far, following late-calving on grass in 2013 and 2014, FULL STORY »

Fall grazing of cover crops

If you are considering planting a cover crop after grain harvest, consider whether the planting might also serve as fall forage for livestock. Cover crops planted after harvesting a major cash crop can serve multiple benefits. FULL STORY »

Missouri cattleman testifies on changing face of small business

Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural America, but for those in the cattle industry, governing statues and regulations have not evolved alongside the changing business models. FULL STORY »

U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease

Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thur.

Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, with moderate losses on most of the late summer and fall contracts. FULL STORY »

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