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2016 April 8
Looking at the cattle futures markets down the road, it’s a little hard to get excited about feeder cattle through summer and fall. The June live cattle contract was at $132 and August is trading at $117.65. We need to see a good rally on the futures and cash markets so cattle feeders.


2016 April 8
The traditional thought process embedded in generations of beef producers would not acknowledge the countercultural role. Cow/ calf production has been anchored by strong ties to the land, which change very slowly. Those who depend on the land approach life in the same way; “stability” would be a good word.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
Historic and seasonal trends are important for reference points testing current price and production trends against a historical perspective. Fortunes have been made and lost trading on information provided by datasets from the past and staking bets accordingly.


by WLJ
2016 April 4
Corn futures reacted negatively to the larger-thanexpected acreage projections in the report with the entire board seeing red. By Thursday’s settle, the nearterm corn contract stood at 351'4, down 15'4 in just Thursday’s trade. The more deferred contracts of December 2016 and March 2017 were at 368'6 (down 15'2) and 378'2 (down 14'4) respectively.
by WLJ
2016 April 4
Last week saw the release of Rabobank’s first quarter beef report. The focus was on international beef trade. South American beef countries, China, Oceania, and North America all are or will see changes in their trade-related fundamentals in 2016, according to the report.
2016 April 4
Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan. The plans can be very simple to very complex, depending on your situation and level of detail. These plans need to be flexible and updated as things change. Price risk management is one piece of this marketing plan that we will discuss in further detail.
by USDA
2016 April 4
Red meat and poultry exports as a share of production are down from the average over the previous five years, reflecting the combination of a strengthening dollar, slowing global economy, and restrictions on poultry exports put in place as a result of the U.
by USDA
2016 April 4
As of Feb. 9, 2016, U.S. net farm income is forecast to fall to $54.8 billion in 2016 after recently peaking in 2013, due largely to declines in commodity prices. In inflation-adjusted terms, since 1970 only five years have registered lower net farm income.
2016 April 4
“When determining what improvements will give you the most bang for your buck, you may want to consider livestock water developments to improve access to water,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist Miranda Meehan says.
by WLJ
2016 April 4
Ranches that successfully attain these goals will profit immensely from the sustainability that will inherently follow. The first steps in designing a successful intensive grazing system are to determine a paddock grazing period and a pasturerecovery period, or rest period.
2016 April 4
“When operating margins are strong, as was the situation for several years prior to 2013, this concern seldom came to mind,” says Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Farm Management Specialist.
2016 April 4
Cow/calf producers with fall-calving cows have options as to the optimum date to wean the calves. Traditionally, fall-born calves are weaned at an older age than spring-born calves. Late summer grass will usually allow cows to regain body condition before the next calving season begins in early September.
2016 April 4
Wildlife officials in Montana confirmed wolves killed two yearling heifers near Roscoe in south central Montana on March 25. The same Rosebud pack has a history of livestock depredations, according to USDA’s Montana Wildlife Services State Director, John Steuber.
2016 April 4
The economic basis for cow/calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow/calf operations. Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed.
2016 April 4
The result was The Strategic Alliances Field Study, published in August 1993. This seminal work laid the foundation for the valuebased marketing of fed cattle. At the time though, such was the outrage at the suggestion of producers working with packers that one would have thought NCA had signed a pact with the Devil.
2016 April 1
Cash fed cattle trade got over and done with by the end of day on Thursday, but perhaps not to the tune cattle feeders would have hoped for. With more than 42,000 head confirmed sold by the end of day last Thursday, prices slipped up to $6 at $131-135 for live cattle, and $214-215 for dressed cattle, a $1-4 decline.


2016 April 1
A massive wildfire that started March 22 in Oklahoma quickly spread to Kansas to become the largest wildfire in Kansas’ history. Dubbed the Anderson Creek Fire, it burned an estimated 367,620 acres. The fire was mostly contained by last Monday due to firefighting efforts of local and state crews.


2016 April 1
On March 11, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly unveiled a policy that will require “effective separation” of domestic sheep and goats from wild sheep across the West. The new guidance is similar to a U.S. Forest Service policy that is currently under litigation by the sheep industry.


2016 April 1
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.