Feedlot Focus

CAB Insider: Market Update

Market Update by Paul Dykstra Last week’s federally inspected cattle harvest was curtailed by temporary shutdowns at several Nebraska packing plants. Late-winter storm impacts brought much commerce and traffic to a halt mid-week as flooding in eastern Nebraska had plants unable to operate. All of that said, other plants were able to ramp up production enough to…

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Record beef exports despite trade challenges

By : Miranda Reiman If you’ve never eaten beef lips, you’re proof of this beef export truth: “It’s all about putting the right cut in the right market and maximizing what opportunity there is.” That’s according to Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, who estimates 2018 was a record-high year for…

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Gains slip as costs rise

by Paul Dykstra, Ph.D., Certified Angus Beef Heavy winter precipitation has continued at intervals spanning December through early March while brutally cold temperatures add often devastating effects, and sub-zero readings continued this week in many areas. The full impact has yet to be measured in the feedlot sector but average daily gains and feed conversion…

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Free Feedlot Forums in Cascade, Charles City and Williamsburg

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is hosting three free educational events for feedlot producers in eastern Iowa in March. Each “Feedlot Forum” will include a free meal, a trade show, an update from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, and three educational speakers.   Craig Belknap will be joining us from Diamond V…

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CAB Insider – Market Update

by Paul Dykstra Last week’s federally inspected harvest of 596,000 cattle was smaller than anticipated, with Wednesday’s head count reduced by about 10,000 due to weather issues. That was 24,000 head fewer than the prior week, yet just 6,000 smaller than the same week last year. So far this year, the industry has harvested 43,000 head more…

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