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 »

Feeder cattle review: Wild rally levels off Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves weighing over 600 lbs sold steady to $2 lower as price levels for feeding-type cattle have started to level off following the wild run-up to start the year. FULL STORY »

An inside look at beef processing

A video tour inside a large beef processing operation brings transparency to the process. FULL STORY »

Hay prices moderate farm record highs

U.S. hay prices were at record high levels last spring, and have been declining since. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports average monthly hay prices by state on a crop year (May-Apr) basis. Prices are reported for alfalfa hay, other hay, and the combined all hay categories. FULL STORY »

Winter weather cattle management

Winter weather conditions have certainly hit with a vengeance this year, not only in South Dakota but in a wide swath of the cattle producing areas of the United States. FULL STORY »

Record setting pace to start the new year

With only two weeks in the books, 2014 has started strong out the gate with price records shattering for many segments of the industry. I suspect most observers are not shocked by this phenomenon, myself included, but events like this can cause some trepidation because as the adage goes “nothing cures high prices like high prices.” FULL STORY »

Cattle and beef markets: What’s next?

While the rapid advance in the beef and cattle markets happened much quicker and more dramatically than anticipated, the overall price levels are not at all unreasonable relative to conditions that have been building for many months. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Records breaking records

Cattle and beef prices continue to set new records, and not by small margins. This week both slaughter steer prices and beef carcass cutout values blew away last week's record highs. FULL STORY »

Good stockmanship has benefits

The ultimate goal of stockmen is to produce a safe, wholesome product to sell for a profit. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Record highs abound in the cattle industry

Both slaughter steer prices and beef carcass cutout values set new record highs this week. FULL STORY »

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