What is your mindset when you wake up in the morning? What about after you’ve had your required amount of coffee? This year’s K-State Beef Conference is an opportunity to learn from industry professionals and academia about adjusting your mindset. This may sound strange for the flagship program hosted by K-State Research and Extension. Instead of focusing on data sets and double-blind studies this year’s program is decidedly focused more between the ears than on the hoof.
It is a truism in the commodity markets that “rain makes grain.” This month, that old adage is bumping up against another equally-valid axiom that “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” Persistent rains across the Midwest have had the combined effect of degrading the condition of the corn crop and also preventing the planting of the last of soybean crop. Both of these factors are supportive of prices across the entire grain/oilseed complex.
Higher numbers of hogs, cattle and broiler chickens are gobbling up animal feed, eating into supplies that were expected to grow due to the loss of 48 million chickens and turkeys in the worst-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history.
Choice boxed beef prices dropped over the weekend, falling from $250.27 on Friday to $247.96 on Monday. The $2.31 drop resulted in the 27-day average price settling at $251.16. Select boxed beef prices saw a steeper fall of $3.16 to hit $245.26. The 27-day average now sits at $244.71.
Choice primal rib saw no movement over the weekend, staying at $350.19 on Monday. Chioce primal loin and choice primal chuck both saw large falls of $5.12 and $2.18, respectively. Chioce primal brisket was the only cut that saw an increase of $2.96 to hit $173.03.
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance (DACQA) focus on best management practices that look at the day to day husbandry practices used in caring for cattle that provide beef for family’s tables across the United States and abroad. The National BQA program continually works with all sectors of the beef and dairy industries to improve the content, credibility, and the uniformity of standards for raising food animals to assure the quality of beef products.
Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government this year - stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbor.