Economic indicators: Cattle prices rally, margins don’t

Significant price gains for all classes of cattle were found throughout the month of September. The surge was enough to turn our overall arrow from down to sideways, but ominous signs remain. FULL STORY »

Few bright spots in female market

Skyrocketing grain and hay prices, a result of the widespread drought, pressured most female markets during August. Keeping a cow this winter is going to be expensive — if you can find hay to purchase. FULL STORY »

Drought weighs on feeder markets

All classes of stocker and feeder cattle came under significant pressure during August as the drought intensified. According to Drovers/CattleNetwork’s 50-market auction summary, steer prices declined 14 to 19 percent since March. FULL STORY »

Beef export values higher

Beef export values remained higher during the first half of 2012, despite the fact beef export volume was significantly lower. FULL STORY »

Production costs remain profit driver

Significant price declines for all classes of cattle were the norm across the country during August. Heat, drought and rising corn prices continued to produce major challenges for cattle producers. FULL STORY »

Issues that matter: Drought feeds RFS debate

The declining state of this year’s corn crop has prompted new calls for elimination, or at least a modification, of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which currently mandates 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels going into the nation’s fuel supply this year, most of that from corn. FULL STORY »

Female markets trend lower

Female prices held firm through late spring, but as the heat and drought withered pastures, prices soon followed those of feeder cattle lower. FULL STORY »

Export data suggest minimal BSE impact

The fourth U.S. case of BSE announced on April 24 produced only minimal impact on U.S. beef exports, according to data released by USDA. FULL STORY »

Summer melts stocker/feeder markets

Both calf and yearling markets have experienced significant pressure since prices peaked in March. FULL STORY »

Economic indicators: Declining prices, devastating margins

Significant price declines for all classes of cattle were the norm across the country during July. Heat, drought and rising corn prices produced major challenges for cattle producers. FULL STORY »

Markets: Female markets mixed during May

A drier-than-normal spring across large portions of the Central Plains tempered much of the optimism ranchers developed as feeder-cattle prices hit record highs during March. FULL STORY »

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