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2015 November 30
Last week saw the release of three beef-relevant market reports. While the Cattle on Feed report was almost ironically neutral considering the recent weeks of extreme volatility in the cattle and beef market, the Livestock Slaughter and Cold Storage reports continue to show the impacts of the market.


by USDA
2015 November 20
Across a broad range of topics for agriculture, food, and related issues, research and development (R&D) conducted by U.S. public research institutions (state and federal institutions) tends to emphasize different themes than R&D conducted by private firms.


by DTN
2015 November 20
It’s 1040 time, and the farm client slides a new Schedule K-1 across the desk, explaining, “I invested in my brother-in-law’s used car dealership in California.” My inner voice of experience is thinking: I’ve just heard three facts and they’re all trouble.


2015 November 20
“Support exists at the recent cash low, $120-122,” declared Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers’ Edge. “Seasonally, cash prices tend to grind higher into late November, reflecting a final push for holiday product pricing and a modest decline in fed cattle supplies.


2015 November 20
Robb identified a number of factors that combined to help create the current situation: •Cyclical movement downward in prices; •The impact of delayed marketings and heavier cattle; •U.S. economy relative to outside economies; and •Outside economies’ impact on beef trade with the U.


2015 November 13
India, which exports mostly meat from water buffalo (also known as carabeef) continues to see strong demand from southeast Asia and the halal processing of Indian beef makes the meat popular in Muslim countries.


by USDA
2015 November 13
U.S. exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)—a common byproduct of corn ethanol production—have grown from nearly zero in 2005 to as high as 12 million metric tons in the 2013/14 marketing year (September/ August), with 10 million metric tons forecast for export in the 2015 marketing year.


2015 November 13
In the last few weeks there has been much discussion regarding the direction of cattle prices. Many analysts have explained that although short-term price forecasts are mixed, the long-term price outlook is bearish due to an increasing cattle herd.


2015 November 6
While the U.S. is the top dog in terms of production of quality beef, it is also an attractive destination for international beef trade. The U.S. cattle and beef industry may be eyeing Brazil and Argentina with the concern as competitors on the international market; those countries are eyeing the U.


2015 November 6
Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers’ Edge blamed the week’s lowered cash tone on the steep losses in the futures market, and it was not hard to see why. Over the course of the week, the December contract lost $7.33 to settle Thursday at $134.40. The February contract got off relatively easy, losing only $6.


2015 November 6
September beef export volume fell 21 percent from a year ago in September to 79,474 metric tons (mt) and value was down 28 percent to $456.6 million—the lowest since January. For the first nine months of 2015, exports were down 12 percent in volume (782,705 mt) and 8 percent in value ($4.


2015 November 6
Last week, the unheard of happened; southern California got rain. Hail, heavy rain and snow in the higher elevations resulted in flooding in some areas, but it was precipitation in the parched state. Despite this wet interlude, California’s intense drought continues.


2015 November 6
While FSA announced more than $3.9 billion in commodity payments started to go out recently to roughly 800,000 farmers, FSA staff are concerned at least some farmers don’t understand the nuances of the ARC-County program. It isn’t like the old Direct Payments program because not everyone is going to receive a check.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
Although same-store sales and customer traffic remained positive in September (most recent data), the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.


2015 October 30
The cash fed cattle trade started up quickly last week, with over 54,000 head being confirmed sold by Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon, that number had grown to almost 65,000 head. Live cattle traded at $134-139, a wider range than seen the prior week, and $208-210 dressed, steady with the prior week.


2015 October 30
September placements were close to expectations at 96 percent of last year, as were marketings at 98 percent of one year ago, leading to an Oct. 1 on-feed total of 10.2 million head or 102.3 percent of last year. The relatively strong marketings number was confirmed by a 5.


by USDA
2015 October 30
Beef prices typically experience a seasonal decline at the end of summer, but the decline in prices since August this year has been particularly steep, and the combination of abundant supplies and lower demand suggests cattle and beef prices could continue to decline.




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