CME: Cattle slaughter closer to year-ago levels?

Is last week’s FI cattle slaughter increase relative to last year an indicator that we the significant shortfall in cattle numbers may be ending? FULL STORY »

High wildfire risk between Fort Worth and San Antonio

Many areas of Texas remained hot and dry, and though fuel loads may not be as high as last year, the risk of wildfire is building. FULL STORY »

Drought and the cattle industry

The beef industry has already experienced a number of difficult years characterized by falling cow numbers and declining per capita beef supplies. There was hope in the first-half of this year that this downward production phase was coming to an end, but the drought of 2012 has erased those hopes. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: How many cows are in the pen?

When done correctly, databases can be developed that provide producers with answers to their questions as they look to change their operations. FULL STORY »

USDA forecasts higher beef production as pastures deteriorate

According to the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the forecasts for 2012 and 2013 red meat and poultry production are reduced from last month as higher feed prices are expected to slow the pace of pork and poultry expansion and temper growth in weights. FULL STORY »

Know Your Meat: Global meat specifications becoming a reality

The Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Livestock and Seed Program Standardization Division recently participated in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) meetings in Buenos Aires to work on international meat standards. FULL STORY »

New food-safety product for beef packers, processors introduced

Elanco Food Solutions has introduced CellVex — a new antimicrobial food-safety intervention to reduce E. coli and Salmonella pathogens in beef-processing facilities. FULL STORY »

Beef prices strong, but cost, consumer confidence concerns remain

Although interest in beef production is high in part because of record-high prices producers have been fetching, some producers have concerns about rising prices for feedstuff and gasoline, which could make consumers less likely to buy pricey cuts, an Ohio State University Extension expert says. FULL STORY »

Iowa meat plant wastewater reaches river

Authorities say a plugged line led to the release of untreated wastewater from a central Iowa meatpacking plant into the North Raccoon River. FULL STORY »

WTO ruling on US meat law to benefit Canada-source

Canada can expect ''significant positive news'' on Friday from a World Trade Organization ruling about a U.S. meat labeling law, Canadian government sources said Thursday. FULL STORY »

October feedlot placements likely fell on smaller cattle supply

The number of cattle sent to feedlots for fattening may have dropped last month amid high feed costs and limited supplies of young animals, signaling further tightness in beef supplies that will force consumers to pay even more for steaks and burgers next year. FULL STORY »

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