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2017 June 23
Cash fed cattle continued their slide last week with live trade at $121-123 and northern dressed trade between $193-195. It was a bad week on the futures market with losses booked every day. The news that JBS’ Five Rivers Cattle Feeders was up for sale appears to have spooked traders for a while.

2017 June 23
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently completed an environmental impact study (EIS) that includes a proposal to allow cattle to continue to graze on land it administers within the preserve. The area is managed cooperatively by the BLM and the National Park Service (NPS).



2017 June 23
Phil Seng has seen a lot of changes in how beef is marketed to foreign countries in his 35 years of work with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). While he maintains enthusiasm about opportunities for continued export growth, Seng will be stepping down from his role as president and CEO of the organization he has led since 1990.

2017 June 23
Bill attended Ritzville schools where he was a standout football player and track athlete. After graduation from Ritzville High School in 1956, he attended Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, but soon returned home to his passion, cattle ranching, becoming the third generation to operate Harder Ranches.

by DTN
2017 June 23
With cash flow tight and income taxes not an issue for many producers, here’s an idea if a major piece of equipment needs to be replaced. Assume it’s an old tractor that’s fully depreciated but has a market value of $80,000. Rather than a traditional trade-in, consider applying that equity into an operating lease of the replacement asset.

2017 June 23
ISU Extension and Outreach is monitoring alfalfa fields across Iowa using PEAQ and posts readings online. Obviously farmers monitoring their fields in southern Iowa will reach their target RFV values earlier than those in northern Iowa. But fields in the same.

by USDA
2017 June 23
Although prices for agricultural commodities frequently vary from year to year, they have generally moved higher in the past decade. In these aggregate measures, by 2014, price indices for crops were up more than 35 percent above their 2006 levels, while those for livestock rose over 75 percent from 2006 to 2014.

2017 June 23
“During drought, forage is likely in short supply and farmers are likely to try to get as much forage as possible,” says Marisol Berti, a forage and biomass production researcher at North Dakota State University (NDSU). “But harvest timing decisions are important to keep a healthy and productive alfalfa stand.

2017 June 23
Let the game begin. Step two follows with the economic process of markets determining the value, size and timing of trade. The restrictions and requirements for U.S. beef to enter China mean that initially only a small portion of U.S. beef production will qualify for export to China.

by USDA
2017 June 23
U.S. agricultural exports support about 1.1 million full-time, civilian jobs, according to 2017 USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates (based on 2015 data). A recent ERS study considered how U.S. employment might be affected if the demand for these exports increased even further.

by WLJ
2017 June 23
Brian Curless of Pittsfield, IL, proved his worldclass talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). This year’s event was hosted by the Public Auction Yards in Billings, MT, on June 17.

2017 June 23
In the political world, the concept of AstroTurf has been around for years. Much the same way that actual AstroTurf simulates the look and feel of real grass (the obvious exception being Boise State’s Albertson’s Stadium—I’m not entirely sure what...

2017 June 23
You were supposed to respond to those crazy-good prices in 2014 by saving heifers—and thousands did—even though economists figured the cost of the pregnant female by the next spring was more than $2,200 per head. If you bought bred heifers that year, they may have cost $3,000, but what were their calves worth last fall? See? Too many calves already.

by WLJ
2017 June 16
News personalities at 115 TV stations in the top 30 U.S. media markets received bouquets of beef jerky to celebrate National Beef Jerky Day on June 12. The bouquets, arranged in custom “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” vases, were delivered along with information that included tips on how beef jerky is the “ultimate snack hack” for consumers.
2017 June 16
Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.
by WLJ
2017 June 16
baseball practice. Among the five people injured in the shooting was Tyson Foods Director of Government Relations, Matt Mika. “We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director, government relations for our Washington, D.C. office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria,” read a prepared statement from Tyson Foods, as reported in The Hill.
2017 June 16
Ectoparasites encompass a broad array of pests that may have a negative economic impact on the herd and often include flies, lice and ticks. In total, it is estimated that production losses stemming from ectoparasites are in excess of $2 billion annually, with nearly two-thirds of that loss attributed to flies.
by WLJ
2017 June 16
You’ve managed the ecosystem of your farms and ranches since you started in the cattle business, likely putting most of the emphasis on the living things. There are living things in the digital ecosystem, too (you and me, for example). But it is the non-living things that take up most of the space: all those apps, photos, music, etc.
2017 June 16
“All hell broke loose in direct trade yesterday,” noted Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge last Thursday morning. The Fed Cattle Exchange started Wednesday’s trade off valiantly with prices of $136-137 for delivery of cattle up to two weeks out. Those prices were steady with the prior week’s trade.


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