U.S. beef export sales hits downhill slope, shipments follow

U.S. beef export sales continue to decline, dropping 18 percent from the 8 percent decrease in the previous week. The 13,300 metric tons shipment moves the 4-week average down 6 percent. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Chinese conundrum

The growth in meat and poultry exports to China is good for the U.S. industry — for now. But the question must be asked: Can the production needed to supply that tonnage expand indefinitely? FULL STORY »

Monitoring behavior, performance and health Play video

GrowSafe has become known for developing systems for measuring individual feed intake and feed efficiency in cattle. FULL STORY »

Atlas of Salmonella: mapping awareness of the foodborne illness

Estimated to cause more than 1.2 million illnesses each year in the United States, resulting in 23,000 hospital visits and 450 deaths, Salmonella is not to be taken lightly. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes smaller beef checkoff board

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to downsize the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 99 members. FULL STORY »

Bull-sale time at CSU Play video

At Colorado State University’s Agricultural Research, Development and Extension Center, animal scientist Jason Ahola discusses the recent CSU bull sale and ongoing animal-science research at CSU. FULL STORY »

EPA, Corps propose expanded Clean Water Act authority

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers applied a narrow Supreme Court opinion from 2006 to propose a rule Tuesday that would expand federal jurisdiction over streams, wetlands and other waters. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash cattle prices increase slightly

Cash cattle prices increased from last week with the five area cash cattle moving to $150.84. Our panel of Monday Market Sentiment cattle industry experts project prices to decline and move down to $149.49. FULL STORY »

Normal food price inflation projected in 2014

The latest Consumer Price Index from USDA indicates that all food prices increased 0.3 percent from January to February 2014 and 1.4 percent compared to February 2013 price levels. FULL STORY »

Feeder margins mostly steady

Cattle feeding margins inched higher last week, finishing the week at $247.11 per head compared to $246.79 the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Time to think spring (floods)

No major flooding is predicted this spring, though minor to moderate flooding is possible across a large swath of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest stretching to New England. FULL STORY »

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