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Estrus synchronization considerations in beef herds

Synchronizing estrus in your beef herd can shorten your calving season, produce more uniform calf weights, and last but not least, provide the opportunity to use proven genetics through artificial insemination (AI). As cowherds rebuild, many producers are synchronizing heifers and replacing bull power with AI sires as bull prices increase.

Markets

Boxed Beef Report: Beef prices mixed

Choice boxed beef rose 63 cents on Tuesday to hit $256.97. This brought the 27-day average price to $257.75. Select boxed beef on the other hand saw a decline from $245.16 on Monday to $244.26 on Tuesday. This 90 cent slip brought the 27-day average to $249.52.

Industry

UVM receives grant to study livestock biosecurity

A recently announced $7.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will place the University of Vermont (UVM) at the forefront of a national effort to reduce the impact of catastrophic disease outbreaks within the U.S. livestock industry.

Industry

Fancy fast food shares surge in U.S. as Shake Shack draws shorts

Wall Street hopes the new crop of publicly traded eateries will replicate the success of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), which has grown to about 1,800 restaurants since its 2006 debut. With consumer spending showing signs of improvement and more diners keen on antibiotic-free meats and other healthy foods, now is a great time for restaurants in that niche, especially ones adept at building grass-roots buzz and loyalty, experts said.

Industry

Morning Farm Report: Beef prices jump

Live cattle prices rose $1.55 today to hit $150.73. This jump brought the 27-day average price to $159.26. Feeder cattle prices saw a similar hike from $213.63 on Friday to $215.15 on Monday. This $1.52 rise brought the feeder cattle 27-day average price to $215.66.

Corn and wheat prices both saw a slight dip of one cent. Soybeans jumped 14 cents to hit $9.83. This brought the 27-day average to $9.72.

Ag Policy

Policy Perspectives: Time to Pounce?

Such extreme recommendations, therefore, present a critical point, a tipping point, if you will, for meat producers. Leaving lean meat off the recommended list is so radical that other parts of the same Advisory Committee report do not agree with it, recommending lower amounts of red meat in some places and including it in diet models in other places.

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