Markets

Female prices continue higher trend in February

02/22/2012 5:50:00 AM
Replacement female prices were a little slow to keep pace with feeder cattle and calf markets last fall, but recent auction prices indicate demand is now red-hot for just about anything that can go back to the country. ... Full story.

Fewer farms and bigger farms

02/20/2012 6:00:00 AM
Farm numbers and operations with beef cows dropped slightly from 2010 to 2011, while the average size of operations generally increased. The USDA’s annual report on Farms, Land in Farms and Livestock Operations, estimates the number of farms in the United States in 2011 at 2.2 million, down slightly from 2010. Total land in farms, at 917 million acres, decreased 1.85 million acres from 2010. The average farm size is 420 acres, up 1 acre from the previous year. ... Full story.

Expansion versus explosion

02/16/2012 6:00:00 AM
Even in the most favorable times, expansion in beef production is a slow process, and the shift toward herd growth analysts expect in coming years could be even more so, a USDA report suggests. This month’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report includes a suggestion titled “Mixed Signals Cloud Beef’s Future,” outlining some of the challenges and barriers the industry faces in expanding from today’s historically low beef-cow numbers. ... Full story.

United States cattle inventory and situation

02/15/2012 2:08:47 PM
On January 27, 2012, the USDA/NASS released the semi-annual Cattle report. Most information in the report was expected. ... Full story.

Mixed signals cloud beef’s future

02/15/2012 9:30:16 AM
The January 2012 Cattle inventory report indicated 1 percent more beef replacement heifers and beef replacement heifers expected to calve in 2012 than in 2011, or about 37,300 more heifers expected to calve in 2012. ... Full story.

Context on herd expansion

02/14/2012 12:22:32 PM
As expected, the Cattle Inventory report released by USDA on January 27th continues to receive notable attention. ... Full story.

Why expand if a smaller cattle herd brings higher prices?

02/14/2012 7:30:00 AM
The January 2012 Cattle report provides numbers to indicate this is the smallest cattle herd since 1952. ... Full story.

Losses mount for feedyards, packers, but stocker market unfazed

02/13/2012 5:00:00 AM
Demand for heavy feeder cattle softens as feedyards struggle with negative margins. But that hasn't slowed the demand for grass-ready stocker cattle and calves as buyers push prices to another weekly advance. ... Full story.

Beef prices in 2012

02/10/2012 10:26:42 AM
Allen Greenspan famously attributed high stock prices in 1996 to “irrational exuberance.” That is not the case for current high beef prices. ... Full story.

Is the cattle market too high or not high enough?

02/09/2012 12:48:27 PM
At some point climbing up a mountain the air gets a little thinner and it gets a little more difficult to go as fast. The cattle market seems to be in that category at the moment. It has climbed fast and far, but maybe we have reached a plateau where someone needs to catch their breath! ... Full story.

Feeder cattle price outlook for 2012 

02/09/2012 10:21:16 AM
Feeder cattle prices have surged upward over the past year and have showed little sign of coming back down. ... Full story.

From the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville: Jackie Moore  

02/09/2012 5:45:00 AM
Jackie Moore, owner of Joplin Regional Stockyards in Missouri, discusses the current calf and feeder-cattle market, and attributes that add value to cattle on sale day. ... Full story.
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