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Morning Farm Report: Cattle prices moving up

Live cattle prices increased from $144.65 on Thursday to $146.53 on Friday. The $1.88 jump brought the 27-day average price to $146.46. Feeder cattle prices also saw an increase of $2.05 to hit $202.40 on Friday, bringing the 27-day average price to $211.73.

Lean hogs did not fare quite as well, dropping 62 cents to hit $66.43. The 27-day average price now rests at $73.40.

Wheat prices faltered Friday, dropping seven cents to $4.77, while corn saw a one-cent drop to $4.77.

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Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices lower this week

The stock market has had a wild couple of weeks. In the six days ending on Tuesday August 25, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 1,878 points (10.7%). On Wednesday and Thursday it gained back 988 points (6.3%). The turmoil is mostly related to concerns about the Chinese economy.

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Feeder Cattle Review: Fed cattle prices declining

Compared to last week, yearlings traded 5.00-10.00 lower with calves selling 10.00-20.00 lower, with instances 25.00-30.00 lower. Order buyers this week were extremely cautious after aggressive pressure from the Stock Market tumble and with very bearish outside markets keeping a strain on all commodity markets. This had order buyers wanting and needing to buy feeders cheaper this week.

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Boxed Beef Report: Beef falls to end the week

Choice boxed beef fell $1.19 to hit $243.63 on Friday, bringing the 27-day average price to $239.45. Select boxed beef also saw a slight decline from $233.53 on Thursday to $232.83 on Friday. The 70-cent fall brought the 27-day average price to $232.13.

Choice primal chuck saw the largest fall of $3.09 on Friday to hit $199.03, while choice primal rib fell $2.50. Choice primal loin on the other hand saw an increase of $1.03 to hit $339.33.

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Ranch succession-planning series: Define compensation and responsibilities, Part II

From part two of our four-part ranch succession-planning series. “Almost everyone I work with in agriculture fights formality, and by that, I mean defining a job description,” Dave Specht, founder of Advising Generations LLC, says. “Most family-business stakeholders have a ‘do whatever it takes to get the job done’ type work ethic because their operation depends on it. While that attitude is essential, it isn’t concrete enough to provide the structure needed.”

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