Archive for 2014

A New Normal?

By: Luke Schwieterman Cash cattle moved at $170 the week of October 24, a new all-time record high. The next burning question is where prices go from here. What we know is that cattle supplies are tight in the fourth quarter and look to get tighter yet during the 1st quarter of next year. This…

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Byproduct Exports Important to Cattle Prices

By Tim Petry, Extension Livestock Marketing Economist NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department The importance of U.S. beef exports to the U.S. cattle markets has been well-documented. Beef exports on a value basis set a record high in 2014, and so did beef byproducts. Beef byproducts are less glamorous, so their importance sometimes gets overlooked…

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Severity of winter and impact on calf birth weights

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Does the severity (coldness or mildness) of the winter have an impact on spring-born calf birth weights?  Ranchers have asked that question during many springs and veterinarians have speculated for years.  The debate rages on!   This is obviously a difficult subject to research because you cannot…

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Cattle markets weather a Christmas storm

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist All the ingredients came together to cause a significant break in feeder cattle markets in the last week of cash market trading before the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break.  The impact on cash feeder cattle markets came after several days of sell-off in Feeder…

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The Dust is Settling

By: Bob McCan, NCBA President With the general election behind us, it looks like the landscape for cattlemen and women may have shifted in our favor. With both expected and unexpected victories and a few still up in air, one thing is apparent: your contributions to the NCBA PAC helped to shape this election and…

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APHIS rule proposal could devastate American cattle herd

By: Pete Bonds, President of TSCRA Following is a guest editorial by Pete Bonds, President of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). On Aug. 29, 2014, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen…

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