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Feed vs. Food: Are cattle really taking food out of our mouths?

In 40 years, the global population is predicted to contain more than 9 billion people, and demand for food, fuel and fiber will increase by 60 percent. Out of those 9 billion people, 8 billion will live in the developing world, where inhabitants of regions such as China and India will have household incomes similar to those in the developed world, and will demand more milk, meat and eggs.

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Feeder Cattle Review: Calves selling unevenly steady

Compared to last week, yearlings traded mostly 2.00-5.00 lower, with calves selling unevenly steady. Weather curtailed receipts throughout much of the Southwest and Southeast as snow/ice storms moved across the trading areas.

Cow/Calf Producer

Q&A: Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment

Every year cattlemen and women have common occurring questions before investing genetics that will play a huge role in the success of their operation for several years. “Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd,” says beef specialist Matt Hersom at the University of Florida. In other words, your bull purchase decisions are not to be taken lightly.

Markets

Natural gas prices continue to rise

Prices across most U.S. regions increased week-over-week.The largest increase in prices occurred in the Northeast, as continued cold temperatures and snow accumulation were setting records, particularly in the New England states. Prices were elevated at most trading hubs with the exception of the Midwest, where prices originally spiked on Wednesday last week and then moderated by the end of the report week.

Cow/Calf Producer

Understanding welfare food labels

Food labels that emphasize how animals are treated and cared for on the farm or ranch are becoming more widely recognized in grocery stores across the United States. When asked what a “humanely raised” label means to you, 55% of respondents chose the “only better treatment of animals” option and almost 30% chose “all of above: better treatment of animals, safer food, and more nutritious and healthy food.”

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