Livestock data I miss the most

The lack of data that has accompanied the federal government shutdown has many impacts directly on cattle and beef industry participants. FULL STORY »

Cattle and beef trends

Many of the industry indicators and trends for the cattle and beef industry are strikingly different from those of the major crops. For example, in the case of major US crops, international trade means exports, since imports are inconsequential. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Falling corn prices good for livestock industry

Falling corn prices are benefiting the livestock industry. Feedlot closeouts during September were the best since April 2011. FULL STORY »

Ag advocates connect to the consumer Play video

Troy and Stacy Hadrick are South Dakota ranchers and founders of Advocates for Agriculture. They talk about why it's so important to connect to consumers and how their ranch management has been affected by those relationships. FULL STORY »

Rabobank: Global cattle price index stable after recent decline

The global beef industry has been in decline over the past 2 ½ years, but decreasing feed prices and tightening cattle supplies in most countries have set a bottom and higher cattle prices are ahead. FULL STORY »

Are you a cattle manager or a cost manager?

Like every other business, ranchers have to keep the cost of raising cattle balanced against prices offered by the market. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins over $100 higher than a month earlier

Cash trade plays a major role in feeder and packer profit margins this week as a $2 increase above the previous week pushes profit margins in opposite directions. FULL STORY »

Early signs of heifer retention?

Without USDA’s July cattle inventory report to provide a mid-year update as to producers’ intentions to retain beef heifers for breeding (which was not published due to budget cuts), it is necessary to look at other data for signs of potential heifer retention. FULL STORY »

Stocker production opportunities increasing with feeder prices

The ingredients for the best winter wheat grazing opportunity in several years seem to be coming together this fall. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle market reaches new all-time record

Last week’s feeder cattle rally lifted prices to record highs as lower-than-expected Cattle on Feed numbers prompted higher cattle prices all around. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Calf prices turn positive Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle sold firm to $3 higher on the heels of last week’s bullish cattle-on-feed report but many major marketing areas actually noted that the full advance of the market was more evident late in the week. FULL STORY »

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