Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices strengthen

Beef cow slaughter is 6.4 percent below year ago levels through the first two months of 2014. This decline combined with cattle on feed inventories that have trailed year ago levels for nineteen consecutive months are producing the tight beef supplies that analysts have been expecting for quite some time. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Grazing cattle purchases at peak Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle under 800 lbs sold steady to 3.00 higher while those weighing over 800 lbs traded weak to 2.00 lower with most declines continuing in the Southern Plains. FULL STORY »

In cool spring, hold cows off pasture until growth is adequate

At the first sign of green grass growing in pastures, farmers will be tempted to turn in livestock for grazing. FULL STORY »

Limping livestock: Two perspectives

Lameness can be attributed to many factors yet the physical response to favor a limb is likely related to the animal’s pain threshold. The presence of pain is a critical well-being concern, and can have many secondary impacts on the animal’s overall health, production, and functional lifetime. FULL STORY »

The important role of expectations in the beef industry

Cattle and beef prices are at record levels in every industry sector, from cow-calf to retail beef prices. FULL STORY »

Rangeland management is key to surviving drought

Improved management adapted to changing rangeland conditions will be a key to surviving three back-to-back years of drought, according to Tim Steffens, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service rangeland management specialist in Canyon. FULL STORY »

Replacing toxic fescue boosts beef gains

Killing Kentucky 31 fescue pastures takes planning and patience. That’s required before seeding new nontoxic replacement forage. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Stocker sales expected to increase Play video

Compared to last week, all weights and classes of feeder cattle and calves sold $1-5 higher with active trading noted in most major marketing areas. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle futures reach new record highs

Fed cattle prices set new records this week. Live weight prices for slaughter steer reached $130/cwt for the first time ever in October. FULL STORY »

Current policy affecting the cattle industry

U.S. trade policy, the new farm bill, and domestic and global economic conditions were much discussed topics at the 2013 Range Beef Cow Symposium. Roger Bernard, Informa Economics, indicated that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) would remain a contentious trade issue during the next year. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Beef price at record in 4th consecutive month

USDA's February Cattle on Feed report said the number of cattle on feed at the start of the month was down 2.8% compared to February 2013. FULL STORY »

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