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Beef supplies short in 2012; producers look to expand herds

03/20/2012 10:02:27 AM
U.S. beef producers have started the early stages of herd expansion as beef supplies remain very short, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt. ... Full story.

Beef prices going higher, JBS says

03/15/2012 10:54:56 AM
U.S. consumers, already cringing at high beef prices, can expect even more expensive meat later this year due to the smallest cattle herd in more than 50 years, the chief executive of one of the nation's largest meat companies said on Wednesday. ... Full story.

What can you afford to pay for cows when cash flow is a concern?

03/07/2012 2:32:04 PM
Hopefully, producers who sold cows during the drought saved the proceeds from their sales for restocking as the larger the down payment, the smaller is the demand on future cash flow. ... Full story.

Tyson: U.S. protein supplies continue to decline

03/06/2012 9:32:50 AM
Jim Lochner, chief operating officer of Tyson Foods, Inc. said the amount of protein available to U.S. consumers has declined in recent years and is expected to continue declining for the foreseeable future. ... Full story.

Drought and herd rebuilding in 2012

03/05/2012 10:39:02 AM
Many producers in the Southern Plains are still in a holding pattern to see what they will be able to do this spring. ... Full story.

The cost of regulations and shrinking herds

03/05/2012 6:00:00 AM
Shrinking livestock inventories threaten the U.S. food economy, and excessive regulations on agriculture exacerbate the problem threatening our export markets, according to a new report from the United Soybean Board (USB). ... Full story.

State of the 2012 cattle industry

03/01/2012 12:59:32 PM
The cattle industry is experiencing both production and market conditions that are unique and uncommon for the industry. ... Full story.

Cattle prices at highest levels ever and moving

03/01/2012 10:32:01 AM
Here we go again! The roller coaster ride has started back up and seems to be connected to a merry go round! ... Full story.

Will cattle supply imbalance lead to further consolidation?

02/29/2012 5:40:00 AM
Cattle numbers are at their lowest level since Harry Truman was president, and prices for all classes are near record levels. But tightening supplies are a critical issue for packers, and further consolidation could be the result. ... Full story.

Cattle inventory: How low can it go?

02/27/2012 10:14:29 AM
The total number of U.S. beef cattle has declined 14 of the last 16 years, with 2011 marking the sixth consecutive year of weakening numbers and the longest consecutive decline in history. ... Full story.

More heifers in feedyards

02/27/2012 6:00:00 AM
Last Friday’s Cattle on Feed report shows feedyard inventories as of February 1st up 2 percent from a year ago. Placements during January were down 2 percent and January marketings were up 2 percent from those during January, 2011. Somewhat surprisingly, the report lists the number of heifers on feed in operations with capacity for 1,000 head or more at 4.5 million head, up 6 percent from a year ago. ... Full story.

USDA projects further growth in beef exports

02/23/2012 1:44:26 PM
In its quarterly Agricultural Trade Outlook report, the USDA projects U.S. 2012 beef exports will increase in value and volume compared with 2011. The agency projects overall ag exports for fiscal 2012 at $131 billion, down $1 billion from the November forecast and $6.4 billion below fiscal 2011. ... Full story.
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