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2017 September 22
Value-added projects are those that process a raw product, enhance a commodity, physically segregate a commodity, create a locallyproduced food, and establish farm-based energy operation or market an agriculture product.
2017 September 22
Preconditioning is a generic term that means different things to different people and encompasses the different operating procedures that may be applied to a calf prior to shipping. Preconditioning activities may include weaning, vaccinations, dehorning, castration and starting calves on a high-energy diet.
2017 September 22
October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements.
by WLJ
2017 September 22
estimate was $107-113, suggesting the USDA stills sees the low on the Montana cowboys ride toward a herd of cattle so they can be gathered and moved to a different pasture. Photo courtesy of Montana Stockgrowers Association..
by WLJ
2017 September 22
The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently issued a pair of reports on the cattle industries of the U.S.’ closest trade partners; Canada and Mexico. While the two countries are very different on cattle herd growth—Mexico’s is and Canada’s isn’t—they are in synch when it comes to trade.
2017 September 22
Last week’s market was either a dog-wags-tail situation or a tailwags-dog situation with the cash and live cattle futures market. Whether it was higher cash leading the futures higher, or higher futures leading the way for higher cash is hard to tell. Regardless, it was a market worth wagging over.
2017 September 22
Feeder cattle prices depend on the weight of the cattle, with lightweight cattle typically having the highest price per pound (or hundredweight) and lower prices for heavier cattle. Not only do prices vary across cattle weights but the size of the price adjustment depends on the weight of the cattle.
by USDA
2017 September 22
Grocery store food (foodat-home) prices tend to be more volatile than restaurant (food-away-fromhome) prices, and this was true during 2009-16. Over this period, restaurant prices rose between 1.3 and 3.5 percent per year, while food price changes at the grocery store were more irregular, ranging from a 4.
by USDA
2017 September 22
The value of U.S. agricultural exports is forecast at $139.8 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2017, up $10.2 billion from FY 2016, and following two consecutive years of declining export values. The increase reflects improvement in the global economy, a lower value for the U.
by WLJ
2017 September 15
Imagine we want to lock in a price like forward contracting would do, but we don’t have a buyer. We let the futures market become our buyer. Let’s assume the basis is going to stay constant, we
2017 September 15
July beef exports totaled 104,488 metric tons (mt), up 5 percent year-over-year, while export value reached $623.7 million—up 18 percent from a year ago and the highest since December 2014. For January through July, exports increased 11 percent in volume (711,364 mt) and 15 percent in value ($3.
2017 September 15
Calf prices will likely decline a bit more to a seasonal low in October, but are expected to remain higher year-over-year through the fourth quarter. Strong stocker demand for fall and winter grazing may limit seasonal price pressure this fall.
by WLJ
2017 September 15
While the markets may be volatile, one point of consistency every fall is that there is a host of alternatives to evaluate when thinking about marketing calves. Some producers have 2016 fall-born calves to sell, while others contemplate the best option for their 2017 spring-born calves.
by WLJ
2017 September 15
You always hear about these great tools. Then, you start hearing about all the ways you could combine them. Your mouth goes dry, hands begin to sweat, and the room starts to spin. You can see how this can get very complicated, very fast.


2017 September 15
“We’ll also protect small businesses and family farmers here in North Dakota and across the country by ending the death tax,” Trump said. “Tremendous burden for the family farmer, tremendous burden. We are not going to allow the death tax or the inheritance tax or the whatever-youwant-to-call-it to crush the American Dream.
2017 September 8
Labor Day seems a bit early for many producers to be talking seriously about fall and winter stockers. However, a wet and cool August opens up a broader set of stocker possibilities than is typical in Oklahoma. Most of the state received upwards of double normal precipitation in August and forage is green and growing most everywhere.
2017 September 8
Labor Day kicks off the traditional fall bull selling season. It is an exciting time! The fall bull sale represents two years of work by the seedstock breeder from the time they made the breeding decisions that resulted in the bulls they are marketing.




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