CME: Cattle inventory smaller than analysts expected

01/30/2012 9:41:37 AM
Friday’s Cattle report from USDA indicates that the number of cattle on U.S. farms and ranches on January 1 was, for most categories, smaller than one year ago AND smaller than was expected by analysts. ... Full story.

Feeder cattle review: Stocker, feeder prices set new milestones

01/27/2012 3:39:58 PM
Compared to last week, feeder cattle prices were firm to 5.00 higher (mostly 2.00-5.00 higher) with the full advance on the 650-850 lb short-yearling types. ... Full story.

Cattle Outlook: Beef demand up 4% in December, 1% for all of 2011

01/27/2012 2:40:37 PM
Retail beef prices set a new record in December for the fourth month in a row. The average grocery store price for choice beef was $5.016 per pound, up 1.5 cents from November and 57.8 cents higher than in December 2010. ... Full story.

January 1 Cattle Inventory down 2 percent

01/27/2012 2:03:45 PM
All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2012 totaled 90.8 million head, 2 percent below the 92.7 million on January 1, 2011. ... Full story.

Commentary: Have ranchers become too bullish on the markets?

01/27/2012 1:30:21 PM
In 30 years of commodities trading, the author has yet to see a single article that lays out a credible case for a bear market in the coming months. He believes cattlemen should take the opportunity to lay off some of their risk. ... Full story.

Revisiting the corn basis

01/27/2012 10:05:00 AM
The extremely strong corn basis is currently receiving a lot of attention. ... Full story.

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures posted triple digit losses

01/27/2012 9:05:12 AM
Live cattle futures closed sharply lower on Thursday, with fresh hedge pressure and some profit taking leading the decline. ... Full story.

Rain and snow bring some relief to drought-hit U.S.

01/26/2012 11:30:00 AM
Rains brought a respite to drought-hit areas of the South and Southeast, and pushed back drought in the western U.S. in the last week, but long-term forecasts still show threatening dry weather ahead, according to a drought report issued Thursday. ... Full story.

Self-feeding options

01/26/2012 10:47:59 AM
Most cattle feeding is designed around daily or twice-daily deliveries of feed to meet the expected needs of the cattle being fed. ... Full story.

CME: Cattle inventory expected to show decline in beef cows

01/26/2012 9:28:17 AM
The report is expected to show further reductions in the size of the US cattle herd, with particularly sharp declines in the number of beef cows and further contraction in the number of heifers held back for beef cow herd rebuilding. ... Full story.

Profit trends for fed cattle 3: Thresholds

01/25/2012 4:05:00 PM
As demonstrated the last couple of weeks, the most profitable pens of cattle are associated with fast gain, heavy carcass weights, and high quality grades. ... Full story.

Schwieterman: Corn higher with plenty of momentum

01/25/2012 8:27:19 AM
Feeder cattle futures overcame another day of gains in the corn market, closing with triple digit gains in all but the expiring January contract. ... 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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