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Cattle markets move past summer highs

About a year ago I wrote an article titled “Cattle markets move past summer lows.” The title of this article reflects how far we have come and serves as a reminder that the current cattle and beef market situation is the result of a market run that began over a year ago. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Friday

Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Friday, with Dec-Apr closing above 100 day moving average. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Retailers prepare for Labor Day Play video

Cattle buyers turned a little cautious this week as good gains in the Live and Feeder cattle futures on Monday turned decisively lower on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before recovering with solid gains on Friday after a very volatile couple of weeks of trading. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Record cattle prices, record consumer prices

This summer's record cattle prices have been made possible by record consumer prices. Retail prices for choice beef were record high during July for the sixth consecutive month. The average grocery store price for a pound of choice beef in July was $5.951. FULL STORY »

WTO smacks the USDA again

A flag has been tossed....again....and the ref has blown his whistle....again. All that remains is the short time it will take him to turn on the public address system and make the same announcement he made the last time the same illegal play was called. FULL STORY »

Driving genetic quality

Demand is pushing prices as cattle producers work to rebuild the cow herds – making for some heavy investments to be made. FULL STORY »

New effort seeks to strengthen voice for science for GMOs

A new international effort led by Cornell will seek to add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). FULL STORY »

Crop markets began the week in mixed fashion

Corn is starting this week rather poorly. The final result of the private crop tour taken last week was quite large (14.093 billion bushels), which is reinforcing ideas that the August USDA estimate was too low. FULL STORY »

Feedyard inventories, placements shrink during August

Feedyard managers across the United States are looking at a lot of unused bunk space these days. The August Cattle on Feed report from the USDA shows August 1 inventories at feedlots with capacity for 1,000 head or more at 9.8 million head, down 2 percent from a year ago. FULL STORY »

U.S. Cattle on Feed down 2 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.8 million head on Aug. 1, 2014. FULL STORY »

Ag markets closed mostly higher again Friday

Corn traders seemed to focus on supportive factors Friday. FULL STORY »

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