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 »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle, boxed beef prices higher

The September cattle on feed report said placements into large feedlots during August were 10% lower than for any August since USDA began the current data series in 1996. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Dr. Nevil Speer & the future of antibiotics in animal ag

Concerned about the growing debate about what some call the egregious misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture? You should be. The outcome could take the sensible use of important medicines out of your hands. FULL STORY »

Very low volatility in the cattle market

Backgrounding, which did not pencil out in South Dakota last year, has been looking profitable this year. Thus, producers were looking at feed prices, talking about high prices for light calves sold in the area, and thinking about the value of their raised calves and raised feed. I, however, was distracted by something else – the low volatility in the cattle market. FULL STORY »

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