Industry News

Did you know… Cost, price, value matter to consumers, too

By: Larry Corah When cattlemen get together, talk soon turns to prices. Yes, some will be on what the calves sold for or the price of fed steers. But quickly the conversation will shift to the other dollar figure — costs — what land prices have done or the cost to maintain a cow or the cost of gain in a feedlot. Those high-dollar marks say…

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Cow-Calf Webinar Provides 2014 Outlook

The response from cattle producers and beef industry leaders who attended the first Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar in September was overwhelmingly positive, and CattleFax analysts will be hosting its next webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Cattle producers have limited time and opportunity to analyze all of the fundamental data and trends that shape the cattle, beef and grain markets. Modeled after the popular…

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Low corn prices spark potential for increased ethanol demand

By: Jennifer Stewart WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Low corn prices on the heels of near-record yields this year could mean increased demand from ethanol producers, export markets and biofuels consumers, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. A proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of biofuels that oil companies must blend into gasoline and diesel from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion…

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Calving Schools Planned in January

By: Mary Lou Peter Minimizing Difficulties with Calving is Focus COLBY, Kan. – With the new calving season just around the corner, K-State Research and Extension will host calving schools in five locations, with a focus on challenges producers might face during this critical period. “Handling Calving Difficulties” features Robert Mortimer, recently retired associate professor of clinical sciences at Colorado State University’s Veterinary College. A specialist…

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Dodge City meatpacking plant catches fire

Firefighters were busy for more than five hours Monday night and Tuesday morning battling a fire in the Dodge City, Kansas, Cargill meatpacking plant. Few details are available at this time. The Dodge City plant is the community’s second-largest employer with more than 2,700 workers. The plant was evacuated and no one was injured. Read the full report here. 

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