Current feeder cattle prices and economics of stocker production

The rollback in price between stocker purchase price and feeder sales price, along with overall price level, is the principal determinant of the gross margin, i.e. value of gain, for stocker production. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Domestic beef demand is increasing

USDA's August crop report predicts this fall the nation's corn harvest will exceed 14 billion bushels for the first time. The soybean harvest is expected to come in at 3.816 billion bushels, up 457 million bushels from 2009's record. FULL STORY »

Comment period open for revised beef carcass grading system

For the first time since the adoption of the current U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef in 1997, the U.S. Department of Agricultural Marketing Service is looking to move forward on adjusting methods used to keep up with changes in animal raising and feeding. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The worst meat to eat

For a host of reasons, the standard dietary advice to ‘eat less red meat, and more seafood’ needs to be seriously reconsidered. And Shark Week is the perfect time to do so. FULL STORY »

Tips for a successful calving season

As most producers are aware, calving season is a busy time of year for most producers. It is important to plan the calving season from the start of the breeding season to make it as stress free as possible. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday

Live cattle futures reversed early weakness to close moderately to sharply higher on Thursday. Cash trade was $155-$156 in Kansas and Nebraska, well below week ago levels but much higher than current futures market prices. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Eucs, grass and a tear

The other day, the Dickinson Research Extension Center became home to an unstoppable force that is going to drill a well. In this case, an oil well. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Culinary fantasyland

Can you call something a cookbook when the ‘cuisine’ in question doesn’t exist, the ‘foods’ the book features are totally fake and the recipes inside don’t even exist? I think not. FULL STORY »

U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. FULL STORY »

Unmanned aerial vehicles advance agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones in a majority of media outlets, have played an important role in U.S. military operations. These sophisticated flying machines have proven their utility in this arena, albeit at a huge price. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins and fed cattle prices weaken

Feedlot lot margins took a steep hit, just shy of $70.00 per head last week, dropping margins from the previous week’s $354.40 per head price to $284.85 per head for the week ending August 9, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

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