Laura Mushrush

Fed cattle prices continue to decline

Feedlot margins dropped significantly last week, from $284.85 per head down to $197.88 per head for the week ending August 16, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. 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 »

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 »

The perfect storm

Record-setting cattle prices, a projected bumper grain crop on the horizon, moderation in grain prices — for cattle producers, the opportunity to fully maximize profits has finally arrived. FULL STORY »

Total meat production up due to heavier weight cattle

Total meat production for 2014 has increased since last month, says the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices continue two-week fall

After tipping record highs, fed cattle prices have continued a two-week fall, dropping the 5-area cash price from $162.79 to $159.94. Speculations attribute this to Russia’s announcement of banning beef trade and other agricultural commodities with the U.S. for one year. However, if that is the case, the ban is projected to have little lasting impact to the market. FULL STORY »

Droughtland: Documentary focuses on Colorado cattle producers Play video

Dust rolls across the parched plains as dry wind kicks up. The land is desolate, bare and desperate. Not too long ago, this was the story across most of the United States. And while many region’s drought stricken thirsts have been quenched, there are still areas in dire conditions. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins are rockin’ and rollin’

Feedlot margins are rockin’ and rollin’ with a $24.12 per head increase for the week ending August 2, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. A year ago, feeders were in the red by $124.83, a far cry from last month’s $319.16 per head profit and last week’s jump to $381.70. FULL STORY »

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: Industry Leadership Award Play video

The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame this week honored Betty Jo Gigot of Calf News with the Industry Leadership award. She discusses her career in agricultural journalism and the Hall of Fame. FULL STORY »

Definition of a cowboy Play video

Each year the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame honors a feedyard employee with the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award, recognizing the vital contributions of feedyard employees whose skills and dedication ensure proper treatment of cattle and success of the business. FULL STORY »

Study shows Beef Checkoff program yields $11.20 per $1 invested

Consequently with the decline in the national beef numbers, Beef Checkoff budgets have taken a significant hit – but that hasn’t stopped the $1 investment per head of cattle sold program from accelerating in returns. FULL STORY »

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