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Meat of the Matter: A scandal in Nebraska

A scathing media investigation uncovers a lengthy list of outrageous incidents of animal abuse — and not at some rogue packing plant, but at USDA’s premier animal research facility.

USDA officials are calling for an independent review of the department’s operations at the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., the federal complex where livestock have reportedly been subjected to “cruel and experimental breeding techniques,” according to a New York Times investigative report published last week.

Industry

Decline in cattle imports not from COOL

Contrary to arguments made by America’s trade competitors to the World Trade Organization (WTO), an economic downturn that sapped consumer demand — not Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) — caused decreased demand for cattle imports into to the U.S., according to a new study released yesterday.

Markets

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures joined the fats, with limit lower closes

Live cattle futures closed limit lower on Friday in the front three trading months. For the week, April was off 4.15 and remains double digit discount to the current cash market. The on feed report had a friendly surprise, with December placements 8% lower than year ago levels, which was lower than any of the estimates.

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Farmers need to watch markets carefully in 2015

Prices for all commodities are lower than they have been the last few years, and that will put some economic stress on many farmers.

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