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2015 January 12
The Southwest has had its share of hard times in recent years, but in terms of ranchland and ag real estate, it has been flying high. The greatest challenge in that market is also its biggest opportunity; there are willing buyers, but scant inventory. That equates to a seller’s market.
2015 January 12
The combination of plunging petroleum costs and high cattle prices makes for happy American ranchers these days, but a flip side of the equation is causing them to pause and wonder about the longterm impact that the ongoing low fuel prices ultimately will have on their livestock operations.
2015 January 2
“So far this week we’ve seen some light fed cattle sales in Nebraska and Iowa at $163 live and $260-262 dressed,” reported Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. “Not enough volume to establish a market but suffice it to say it likely points to a higher cattle trade when all is said and done this week.
by WLJ
2015 January 2
Cattle and beef markets are finishing 2014 at or near record levels, which is the way the year began…at or near record levels. However the advance in prices has been much more dramatic in 2014. Retail beef prices are up 15-20 percent, following a 5-6 percent year- over-year increase in 2013.
2014 December 29
As the year-end holiday season continues, the markets are calm. The most recent Cattle on Feed report showed a continuation of the ongoing build-up of cattle in feedlots. Cattle on feed numbers were up, placements were down slightly, and marketings were down considerably again.


2014 December 29
Due to the holiday-shortened week last week and the subsequent lack of activity in the markets, there is not as much to report this week. But, in keeping with the theme of looking back on the year that’s about to fade into history, there were some distinct highlights in this year’s market that deserve reflection.


2014 December 29
The most recent Cold Storage report came out last week showing red meat supplies in all freezers down fairly significantly year-over-year. Red meat in cold storage as of Nov. 30 stood at 919.08 million pounds, down 10 percent from the same time last year.
2014 December 22
One of the biggest elements of market news last week was the unprecedented freefall seen in the feeder futures markets. For five solid days—from Dec. 12 through Dec. 17—every contract on the feeder board was limit down—a drop of $15 in all feeder contracts in less than a week!.
by WLJ
2014 December 19
In 2014, cattle and beef prices advanced from (what were then) record levels at the beginning of the year to a nearly continuous series of record levels throughout the year.
by WLJ
2014 December 19
Because of the broad USDA definition of a farm (which includes places with the potential for as little as $1,000 in annual sales), more than half of farm operator households consistently incur a net loss from farming activities in any given year, and far more do not earn the equivalent of a market wage for their on-farm labor.


by WLJ
2014 December 19
The Canadian and Mexican cow and heifer situation has implications for herd size and cattle production on the North American continent in coming years and more immediately on current feeder supplies. Record U.S. cattle prices provide a tremendous pull for cattle of all types and from all possible sources.
2014 December 12
All was quiet on the agricultural supply front last week. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showed very little movement in grains, and minimal activity in meats relative to past reports, though beef led the total meat production estimates downward while pork led the meat import numbers upward.
by WLJ
2014 December 12
October beef exports were up 2 percent from a year ago to 109,858 metric tons (mt), while export value was a record-high $687.1 million— up 22 percent from a year ago. Muscle cut volume was down 2 percent to 76,472 mt, but still increased 19 percent in value to $596.
2014 December 8
At its 166th conference, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain its production level of 30 million barrels of oil a day. The announcement sent the already declining crude oil prices into a momentary tailspin. Cattle producers and beef consumers may benefit, however.


by WLJ
2014 December 5
Many years of cattle herd liquidation, due to drought and other factors, have left the beef industry with such low cattle inventories that severe reductions in beef production are inevitable. Beef production in 2014 is projected to total roughly 24.4 billion pounds, down 5.
2014 December 1
One of the bi-products of the industry’s ongoing argument over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is added scrutiny of the U.S.’ beef imports. The lines are fairly clearly drawn in the pro and con camps, but as it has been said, “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.


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