What have we learned thus far in 2012?

05/24/2012 2:14:58 PM
As we move into the month of May, it isn't hard to see that 2012 is shaping up to be quite a bit different from 2011. At this time last year, Ohio producers were besieged by record rainfall and wondering if we were ever going to get corn planted or hay harvested. ... Full story.

Show-Me-Select heifer sale sets record prices

05/08/2012 11:08:00 AM
A record-high price of $3,400 for an individual Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer was set at the spring sale at the Fruitland Livestock Auction, May 5. ... Full story.

Clues to beef herd rebuilding

04/30/2012 10:41:32 AM
In the aftermath of last year’s drought, it is taking some time to determine where the industry is with respect to stopping herd liquidation and beginning the process of herd rebuilding. The first consideration is that the drought continues in force in the Southwest; in parts of the intermountain Rockies; and in the Southeast. Some additional drought forced liquidation is occurring in these regions, though the magnitude of the impacts on the broader market is much smaller than last year. ... Full story.

Cattle prices decline following poor packer margins

04/18/2012 4:20:00 AM
The 95.9 million acres expected to be planted in corn in 2012 should alleviate some of the pressures on cattle feeders’ profit margins, but likely not until the new crop is harvested. ... Full story.

Specific rental agreements important in pasture rent situations

04/17/2012 5:30:00 PM
Renting pasture for grazing livestock is a fairly common practice in Indiana but one a Purdue Extension forage specialist says landowners and producers need to carefully discuss. ... Full story.

Cattle price pullback was likely even before LFTB discussion

04/13/2012 4:11:39 PM
Demand will be market driver over next few months. ... Full story.

In the cattle markets: Impacts of media attention

04/10/2012 11:20:00 AM
The impact of media attention to issues regarding meat production is certainly on the minds of many industry leaders given the enduring lean finely textured beef (LFTB) dialogue. ... Full story.

What will cows cost in the future?

04/09/2012 10:30:13 AM
With the challenges of the 2011 drought, the beef cow inventory declined 3.1 percent for an annual inven­tory of 2011 and prospects for further decline are evident unless changes occur in cow slaughter and heifer retention. ... Full story.

Wyoming introduces premium heifer program

04/03/2012 10:21:55 AM
The University of Wyoming and Wyoming Business Council team up to help ranchers capitalize on a hot market for high-quality, healthy replacement heifers. ... Full story.

How has the beef industry changed?

04/02/2012 5:25:00 AM
Cyclical patterns have often been associated with the beef industry, demonstrating swings in cowherd production numbers, but this is no longer the case in today’s industry. ... Full story.

Premiums for quality beef grows as packers seek cattle

03/23/2012 10:13:50 AM
Beef feeders can look for continued payment of quality-grid premiums from packing plants, said a University of Missouri Extension economist. ... Full story.

Beef cows vs. gold: Identifying the better investment

03/20/2012 2:59:35 PM
Nearly a decade ago, my brother, Phil, told me to buy gold. “Tom,” he said in his naturally confident demeanor, “you need to own gold right now. It’s going to go a lot higher.” Boy, do wish I had listened. ... Full story.
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Ask the expert: Mixing cows from drought-stricken ranches

We’re buying young cow from drought stricken ranches and moving them to ours. Do we co-mingle or segregate for how long? Full story.



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