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From the board room: Animal care and well-being

From the minute a calf is born all the way through the production chain, cattlemen and women work around the clock 356-days a year to provide the best quality care for their cattle. The theme of May issue of Drovers CattleNetwork is animal care and well-being, and our board members highlight changes they have made recently to improve animal care and well-being on their operations and changes they expect to make in the next five years.


Boxed Beef Report: Beef prices fall

Choice boxed beef prices saw a $3.42 decrease on Friday to hit $260.80. The drop brought the 27-day average price to $260.04. Select boxed beef saw a smaller fall from $250.57 on Thursday to $248 on Friday. The $2.57 drop brought the 27-day average price to $248.74.

Choice primal loin saw a sharp decline of $11.38 on Friday to hit $383.53. The 27-day average price is now at $379.06. The next largest drop was choice primal round falling $3.23.


EIA launches redesigned International Energy Portal

This week, EIA launched a redesigned International Energy Portal that will provide new and expanded tools and capabilities to examine trends in global energy markets. The International Energy Portal consists of several components: an overview page highlighting key global energy statistics; a data browser that allows interactive access to the full range of EIA's international data in both graphical and table form; an analysis section that links to EIA reports on countries, regions, and special topics; and an application programming interface (API) for users to retrieve international data as it is updated.

Cow/Calf Producer

Cattle Inventory: Ranking of all 50 states

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2015 totaled 89.8 million head, 1 percent above the 88.5 million as of January 1, 2014. Prior to 2014, the U.S. cattle inventory had not been under 90 million head for 60+ years (since 1952). The U.S. cattle inventory was greater than 100 million head as recently as 1997.


Morning Farm Report: Livestock prices mixed to end the week

Live cattle prices rose by $1.03 on Thursday to hit $152.38. This rise brought the 27-day average price to $154.43. Feeder cattle prices did not fare as well, dropping $2 to settle at $217.73, bringing the 27-day average price to $215.83.

Lean hog prices jumped $1.23 on Thursday, hitting $83.78. The 27-day average price is now at $81.02.

Corn prices saw a five cent rise, while wheat did even better with a nine cent increase.


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