Editorial

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices strengthen

Beef cow slaughter is 6.4 percent below year ago levels through the first two months of 2014. This decline combined with cattle on feed inventories that have trailed year ago levels for nineteen consecutive months are producing the tight beef supplies that analysts have been expecting for quite some time. FULL STORY »

Meat industry groups move toward merger

A merger of the two the nation’s largest meat industry organizations is one step closer to being reality. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Grazing cattle purchases at peak Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle under 800 lbs sold steady to 3.00 higher while those weighing over 800 lbs traded weak to 2.00 lower with most declines continuing in the Southern Plains. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Gagging on the law

Even as Idaho joins a handful of other states in passing an ‘ag gag’ bill to criminalize unauthorized recording of livestock operations, the law may not last long on appeal. FULL STORY »

Higher placements expected ahead Cattle on Feed report

Ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed Report, analysts are projecting higher placements into feedyards but smaller overall cattle on feed inventories compared to last year. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Weather, light receipts limit market action Play video

By midweek weather patterns had turned spring-like across much of the United States and despite already record-high price levels, “grass fever” is bound to be an epidemic for the balance of the month. FULL STORY »

Beef shipments hit record high, exports drop after previous rally

After setting a record high for this year in the previous week, U.S. beef export sales is down 8 percent. FULL STORY »

Smoke regulations could set fire to grassland burning practices

The flick of a lit match immediately consumes thick, dead grass in flames. At first it’s small – so small the stomp of heavy boots or a wet sack would quickly kill it. But then a slight breeze pushes the fire to more fuel, growing its power as it sweeps across the brown prairie. FULL STORY »

As spring arrives, consumers willing to spend more on hamburger

Birds are chirping, trees are budding and consumers appearing to be willing to open their wallets a little wider for hamburger, according to the March Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agriculture Economics. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bugs vs. beef

To meet the challenge of providing nourishment to a global population likely to surpass nine billion by mid-century, there’s an intriguing new proposal: Grow and eat insects. Seriously. FULL STORY »

Okla. Attorney General calls out HSUS on tornado donations

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer warning against the Humane Society of the United States last week, warning Oklahomans of the group’s solicitations and advertisements. FULL STORY »

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