Smartphone app for livestock producers now available

Livestock producers pondering stocking rates now have an app to help them determine that ratio, according to experts. FULL STORY »

Some newborn calves need help breathing

Despite a cow-calf producer’s best efforts relative to providing desired herd genetics and ease of birthing through bull selection and heifer development, some cows or heifers still need assistance at calving time. FULL STORY »

Pondering Exports…

I recently had opportunity to attend both a workshop by Managing Country Risk author Daniel Wagner and a K-State Cattlemen’s Day presentation by USMEF’s Paul Clayton. FULL STORY »

Windy start to 2014 brings wind chills; weather challenges

January gave the windiest start of the year to Missouri in almost 30 years. Wind puts the chill in wind chill. FULL STORY »

Supply and Demand Estimates

On Monday, USDA released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. FULL STORY »

Inventory shows 2013 results and what to expect in 2014

As expected, the annual cattle inventory report confirmed that the U.S. cattle herd continued to liquidate in 2013. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Feeder market levels off Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold unevenly steady to $3 lower. The full decline was noted in the Northern Plains where prices have been the highest, while Kansas feeders continued as much as $3-$4 higher. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle inventory, slaughter total fall lower

USDA's January cattle inventory survey said there were 87.73 million cattle in the U.S. at the start of 2014. FULL STORY »

Creating superior carcasses by using technology

Yield Grade 1 carcasses occur 12.4% of the time in the fed cattle population. Rarer are cattle that grade USDA Prime, approximately 2.25% of the population. What are the chances of a Prime Yield Grade 1? Approximately 0.03% of the fed beef population in the U.S. matches the desired Prime Yield Grade 1 carcass. FULL STORY »

Different perspectives on cattle basis

Early in the year, a common marketing practice is to take a look at basis levels. You never know when subtle changes can slowly derail your price expectations. FULL STORY »

Sorting out the January cattle and beef market run

It appears that the phenomenal January run of wholesale beef prices may be over. Several factors are at work in the current wholesale beef market. Clearly supply reductions are a major driving factor. FULL STORY »

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