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2016 July 8
In the midst of a constantly changing set of short-term market forces, it is easy to overlook the enormous market challenges that are inherently part of cattle and beef markets. Many factors make the cattle and beef industry arguably the most complex set of markets known.


2016 July 8
As we work into the first days of summer, now would be a good time to revisit your marketing plans. For those of you who don’t yet have a marketing plan, now may be a good opportunity to start putting one together. Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan.


by WLJ
2016 July 1
The issue of market volatility, particularly in the U.S. beef market, was a point of great attention in the Rabobank report. Under the heading, “U.S. volatility needs to be resolved,” the report outlined four problems that are familiar to the U.S. cattle producer:.


2016 June 24
“Last week 5-area average steer prices were $120.62, the lowest of 2016 and the lowest since the market bottomed in December,” he noted last Monday morning. “Last week’s cash price was the lowest for that particular calendar week since 2012 when prices averaged $119.

2016 June 17
Last week saw a concerning multi-part collapse in the cattle markets. Cash fed cattle trade amounted to more than 20,000 head by close of trade on Thursday at prices significantly lower than those seen the week before. Live cattle traded for $118-122, $4-8 lower than the prior week, and dressed cattle went for $187-196, a whopping $9-23 lower.


2016 June 10
The cash fed cattle market was slow to develop last week as it had been the week before. At the end of last Thursday, barely 3,500 head had been confirmed sold. Though these levels were too low to establish a price trend for the week, prices ranging from $128-132 live and $204-206 dressed were steady to a few dollars above the prior week’s prices.

by DTN
2016 June 3
I get this question about once a month: Mom is moving to assisted living, her house is being sold, and the attorney said we should see our tax adviser. If Mom owned and occupied the home as her principal residence for at least two of the five years preceding the sale, the first $250,000 of gain on the sale is tax-free in her 1040.


by DTN
2016 June 3
trust then conducts the sale. In the case of machinery, the trust would be the temporary owner of the machinery and arrange the auction. The proceeds from the grain sale or the machinery auction come into the trust taxfree and are held by the trustee to pay the income amount at the specified dates (e.


2016 June 3
Memorial Day weekend is an important test of beef sales and beef demand. The success of the first big grilling holiday will be assessed over the coming days. There are indications that beef advertising features increased to support large volumes of beef purchased by retailers for the weekend.


by WLJ
2016 May 27
There are a few agricultural producers still active who remember the 1980s and the difficult times that persisted throughout much of the decade. For those unfamiliar with the stress many producers experienced during that time, a reflection back provides a comparison and may provide insight into what to expect for the next few years.


2016 May 27
Feedlot inventories on May 1 were 10.78 million head in feedlots over 1,000 head capacity. This is up 1.3 percent from May 2015. Placements in April were 107.5 percent of year-ago levels; the third straight monthly increase in feedlot placements. April marketings were 101.


2016 May 27
Four months ago, the top brass of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group addressed a full house at the annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association trade show. They tackled the topic of volatility in the cattle futures and announced changes to be applied to those markets to try to rein them in.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
“This is the culmination of many months of work by U.S. government officials, as well as the U.S. meat industry, and we are very excited to resume exporting lamb to Taiwan,” said Dr. Dennis Stiffler, Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Rosen, a producer-owned and operated processor and distributor of lamb and veal products.




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