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Economic Indicators: Steady prices, declining margins

Average monthly prices for calves, yearlings and fed cattle were mostly steady, but rising production costs and an increasing supply of market-ready cattle are keeping profit margins well below breakeven. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef export values rise

U.S. beef exports are down so far this year, but April was the strongest month to date. Through the first four months of 2012, U.S. beef exports totaled 766,224 pounds, a decline of nearly 11 percent compared to the same period last year. FULL STORY »

Stocker/Feeder markets: Calves weaker, yearling prices steady

Both calf and yearling prices peaked during March, and both posted declines during April. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf pairs higher, bred females softer

Gauging female-market trends with April auction data requires acknowledging the fact that the quality of offerings was lower. FULL STORY »

Softer prices and declining margins

All classes of cattle and calves saw lower prices last month, and both feeding and packing margins declined substantially. FULL STORY »

April stocker/feeder prices move lower

Stocker/feeder prices reached a peak in March and drifted lower through April, according to Drovers/CattleNetwork’s 50-market auction summary. FULL STORY »

Beef exports remain strong

Officials do not anticipate a disruption in U.S. beef exports due to last month’s discovery of a BSE-infected cow in California. FULL STORY »

Bred females lower, other classes higher

Despite strong demand for grazing cattle and a softening corn market, prices for bred females declined during March. FULL STORY »

Indicators struggling into spring

Higher average cash cattle prices helped pull feedyard profit margins to modest levels during March, but other indicators keep the industry outlook in a cautionary stage. FULL STORY »

Stocker/feeder records continue to fall

Despite mid-month weakness in stocker/feeder markets, monthly averages reached new record highs in Drovers/CattleNetwork’s 50-market auction summary. FULL STORY »

Rising beef prices fail to slow U.S. beef exports

Rising beef prices have not slowed U.S. beef exports. FULL STORY »

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