John Maday

Select beef cutout tops $200

Boxed beef prices have been moving upward, and on Monday reached a new milestone with the Select cutout gaining $4.16 per hundredweight to average $201.38 per hundredweight. Prices moved even higher on Tuesday, with the Choice cutout gaining $1.77 to average $207.31 per hundredweight and select gaining $2.18 to a new high of $203.56, according to USDA’s National Daily Cattle and Beef Summary. FULL STORY »

Select beef cutout tops $200

Boxed beef prices have been moving upward, and on Monday reached a new milestone with the Select cutout gaining $4.16 per hundredweight to average $201.38 per hundredweight. The Choice cutout gained $1.21to average $205.54 per hundredweight, according to USDA’s National Daily Cattle and Beef Summary. FULL STORY »

APHIS calls for comments on CWD program

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has given notice of changes to the Program Standards for the chronic wasting disease (CWD) herd-certification program for cervids. The agency will accept public comments until March 31, 2014. The notice includes instructions for submitting comments. FULL STORY »

Study indicates better convergence in grain markets

During the years from 200 through 2011, grain traders noticed wider-than-usual discrepancies between futures and cash prices for wheat, corn and soybeans. This “non-convergence” created concerns over the viability of those futures contracts as price-discovery and risk-management tools. FULL STORY »

U.S. population grows less than 1 percent

As of January 1, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the population of the United States at 317.3 million, up 0.7 percent from a year ago. The census figures illustrate the importance of export markets to support growth in U.S. livestock industries, as most of the world’s population growth is taking place elsewhere, particularly in Asia. FULL STORY »

A year to remember

2013, we hardly knew you. The year seemed to fly by at breakneck speed, but looking back, there was no shortage of momentous news in the cattle industry. FULL STORY »

China’s changing role

China’s economic growth likely will slow significantly in coming years, but the country will generate enormous demand for food, with implications for global markets and U.S. agriculture. During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference in Denver, market analyst Andrew Gottschalk, who owns HedgersEdge.com, outlined key international trends in a presentation titled “New world order: Facts, myths and lies.” FULL STORY »

Biological risk management Play video

Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD., DACVPM, from Iowa State University, discusses a free, online biological risk management tool available to assist veterinarians in identifying and addressing health risks in their clients’ beef and dairy herds. FULL STORY »

Preventative measures can minimize trich impacts

Speaking to veterinarians at a “Prevention Works” conference hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. last week, Dan Givens, DVM, PhD, from Auburn University, outlined the need for prevention in dealing with trichomoniasis, or “trich.” FULL STORY »

Blach: Bright outlook for 2014 and beyond

This year brought record prices for beef, calves and finished cattle, and 2014 promises continued success, particularly for cow-calf producers. That was one of the key messages when Cattle Fax president and CEO Randy Blach addressed a group of veterinarians at a “Prevention Works” conference hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. FULL STORY »

Cattle outlook improving rapidly

Short cattle supplies, cheaper feed and a strong outlook for beef exports create a favorable environment for U.S. producers now and into 2014, according to the December Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

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