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2015 October 2
Although 2015 fed steer supplies remain historically small, prices have recently fallen from the record high levels reached during the first and second quarters of 2015. Prices have been trending lower since April 2015, and in July and August fell below the levels of the same time a year ago.


by USDA
2015 October 2
The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) projected growth in agricultural productivity (measured as total factor productivity, or TFP) under alternative public R&D assumptions starting in 2010: a 1 percent increase in annual public research funding...


2015 October 2
Fed cattle prices dropped over $9/cwt. last week to about $125/cwt. Prices for pens over 80 percent Choice made up most of the volume and had a lower average price than lower grading pens of cattle. This has been the situation for several days and reflects the large supply of extremely heavy fed cattle.


by DTN
2015 October 2
By contrast, if you were to make a gift of grain to a family member, it would be necessary to use prior-year crop where all expenses had been deducted and your tax basis is zero.


2015 October 2
“We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has continued to rise,” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist in Amarillo. “Health is the first management challenge faced by stocker cattle producers.


2015 October 2
“Fed cattle prices continued their collapse as producers try to alleviate their backlog,” announced Andrew Gottschalk of Hedger’s Edge last week. He additionally said there was little point in rehashing the prior week’s cash fed prices as they were “clearly imprinted in everyone’s mind.


2015 September 25
Under normal market conditions, it can be profitable for cow/calf producers to wean and background their calves in the fall. Historically, feeder cattle prices dip in early fall when many producers choose to market their calves before bouncing back to higher levels in the late fall and early winter months.


2015 September 25
The September Cattle on Feed report showed August placements at 95 percent of last year and the lowest August placement level in the current cattle on feed data series back to 1996. The placement total was below pre-report estimates and may provide a bit of shortterm boost to markets.


2015 September 25
Total cattle imports from Canada and Mexico are down 4 percent for the first seven months of 2015 compared to last year. Cattle imports from Canada for the January to July period are down 21 percent year-overyear while cattle imports from Mexico are up 15.


by WLJ
2015 September 25
Production estimates continue to chop around in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Predictions of 2015’s production fell by 210 million pounds (mp) to 23.61 billion pounds (bp), and rose 95 mp in 2016 to 25 bp.


by USDA
2015 September 25
Food-insecure households had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. While food insecurity has declined from 14.9 percent in 2011, the percent of U.S.


2015 September 25
It was yet another week of market mayhem last week. Cash cattle, live futures, wholesale beef, cash feeders, and feeder futures… all down. The whole supply chain is correcting the issue of too many cattle that are too big producing too much meat to fit current demand.


2015 September 25
Analysts are not entirely sure what to call the most recent Cattle on Feed report. Was it bullish? Bearish? Neither? The best description was likely “more-of-the-same and one surprise” and that surprise was lower than expected placements. Whether that is good or bad for the market depends on your perspective.


2015 September 18
Things were ugly last week. Very, very ugly. The cash cattle trade wrapped up Thursday with over 71,000 head confirmed sold for the week at $131-135 live and $212-216 dressed. For both live and dressed, they took the bottom end of the prior week’s range and made it the top of last week’s, dropping the low end down $4-5.


2015 September 11
Fall is just around the corner and there’s still some 2015 left to go, but it’s never too early to dust off the economic crystal balls. Considering the way the market has behaved this and last year, cow/ calf producers and cattle feeders need to consider what 2016 has in store for feeder cattle.


2015 September 11
The cash fed trade was reluctant to stir last week, but by last Thursday it had been coerced to complete something like a third of the week’s total trade if past weeks are any indication. About 14,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week, most of them on Thursday, at $139-142 live and $218-222 dressed.




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