Livestock Slaughter: Cattle slaughter and average weights increase

Beef production, at 2.12 billion pounds, was 2 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.74 million head, up 1 percent from January 2010. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins higher, packer margins drop

Cattle feeding margins improved more than $40 per head last week on higher cash prices, but packer margins declined more than $20 per head last week. Feeding margins neared the $50 per head profit level, while packer margins dipped well below the breakeven mark. FULL STORY »

What the GIPSA proposal will do for you…or to you

Change is never easy. If something has been in place for 7+ decades and everybody knows the rules and how to play by them, new rules are bound to create a ruckus. The mere suggestion of new GIPSA rules was enough to create a wave of palpitations. If it comes to pass, it will create a tsunami of legal suits. FULL STORY »

Can high pressure technology make hamburger safer?

Hailing a patent-pending process for a new line of fresh hamburger patties as a "a natural option for food safety" and a "technological breakthrough," meat-industry giant Cargill has begun using a method of high-pressure processing to produce its newly introduced "Fressure" hamburgers for food-service customers. FULL STORY »

$109 – really?

The article stating that fed-cattle trade developed this week at over $109 per hundredweight is incorrect. That price, and the numbers of cattle marketed, reflect late-Friday trade last week, after the USDA’s final National Cattle and Beef Summary for the week was issued. Substantial trade has yet to develop this week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cash cattle climb to all-time highs

It was another strong week for commodities. There were new contract highs in live cattle, feeder cattle, hogs, cotton, silver, coffee, cocoa, corn, silver, palladium, and copper. The stock market also made new highs because it seems that money just needs somewhere to go. FULL STORY »

Congressmen press Vilsack on timeline for GIPSA economic analysis

During a House Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday on the state of the U.S. farm economy, two Democratic committee members questioned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack about a timeline for completion of an economic analysis of the department’s controversial GIPSA proposed rule. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins hold above $100, packer margins drop

Cattle feeding margins declined about $10 per head last week, while packer margins declined nearly $43 per head. Feeding margins held above the $100 per head mark, while packer margins remain in single digits. The Sterling Profit Quotient lost 41 points for the week, according to estimates developed by Sterling Marketing Inc., Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

Nevil Speer, MMP: Margins and markets

February opened business with the beef complex, like many other industries, playing catch-up because of the massive winter storm. Packers scurried to normalize business operations in order to refill the supply pipeline ahead of consumers emerging from their storm-induced hibernation. FULL STORY »

Republicans oppose meatpacking industry reforms

The Obama administration's effort to overhaul antitrust rules for the meatpacking industry with the toughest regulations since the Packers and Stockyards Act was passed 90 years ago has run into strong opposition from Republicans. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improve, packer margins decline

Cattle feeding margins increased about $15 per head last week, while packer margins declined $7 per head. Feeding margins jumped back above $100 per head, and packer margins remain above $50 per head. The Sterling Profit Quotient gained 43 points for the week, according to estimates developed by Sterling Marketing Inc., Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

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