For a short marketing week, there was no shortage of activity last week. Negotiated cash fed cattle trade got underway earlier than normal with packers trying to buy for a full production week while butted up to a holiday.
The cash fed cattle trade got underway last Thursday with almost 35,000 head confirmed sold on the negotiated market. Prices for live steers ranged from $147- 150—steady to lower compared to the prior week’s $149-150—and dressed steers were down $2-3 at $235-240.
The top cattle-feeding states were very mixed but mostly lower than the national average, meaning a lot of the year-to-year increase came from smaller cattle-feeding states. Both Colorado and Texas saw 2 percent declines in their on-feed populations at 890,000 and 2.
Historically small U.S. cattle inventory continues to support high beef prices in 2015, but at least in the short term, increasing imports of processing beef (especially from Australia) and heavy carcass weights have helped moderate some of the price pressures.
At 468.56 million pounds of beef in storage, beef stores were up 24 percent compared to last year, but down 3 percent from the prior month. The buildup was entirely credited to increased supplies of boneless beef, most of it likely from Australia given the still-favorable import environment.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 gradually reduces the cap on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from 32 million acres to 24 million acres by 2017. CRP acreage declined 34 percent since 2007, falling from 36.8 million acres to 24.2 million by April 2015.
Packers held off buying cash fed cattle last week until the very end. By Thursday, barely more than 4,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week. Live heifers were listed as $150 and dressed steers were listed as $241-243, though the volumes were too light to make these numbers relevant.
The IRC Section 1031 Exchange is one of the most powerful tax saving and wealth building tools available for families selling highly appreciated farm/ ranch land. A properly structured 1031 exchange allows a family selling a farm or ranch to sell land, to reinvest the proceeds in other “like-kind” real estate, and to defer capital gain taxes.
The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to conduct monetary policy. Beginning with the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, Congress has delegated this authority to the Federal Reserve (Fed). Congress has provided the Fed with a dual mandate: price stability and maximum employment.
“Growers have the newest fleet of equipment in the last 40 years. They can run without high repair bills,” notes Wade Litton, General Manager of Wade Inc., a John Deere dealership with 11 locations in the Mississippi Delta. Well-tooled operations combined with an abrupt collapse in grain farm incomes and uncertainty over Sec.
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released last Wednesday, altered estimates for beef production and trade. The result is a mostly mixed situation compared to pork and chicken. Estimates on corn production and supply changed only slightly.
Cash fed cattle trade was again at a snail’s pace last week as packers hoped for—and again likely missed—an opportunity to buy cattle cheaper. By the close of trade on Thursday, not even 4,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though volumes were too low to establish a trend, live cattle sold for $155 and dressed for $246, steady with the prior week.
Seasonally, this is a time of year when the cash price for calves finishes its increasing pattern. The summer sales volume tends to be low and prices tend to be more volatile. In recent weeks the price level has risen back to near $300 per cwt., just shy of last fall’s record price level.
A charitable remainder trust (CRT) enables a family selling a farm or ranch to avoid tax on the sale of their land, livestock and equipment and generate lifetime income for retirement. In addition to saving taxes and generating a lifetime income, a CRT provides several other benefits:.
If an estate has a value greater than the exemption amount ($5.34 million in 2014), it must file a return. An estimated 2.7 percent of farm estates would be required to file an estate tax return in 2014, with about 0.8 percent of estates owing any federal estate tax.
Last week, packers and feedlots had a standoff on cash fed trade. Early week indications suggested futures prices would decline sharply—mostly due to concerns over poor seasonal demand and declining wholesale beef prices—prompting packers to hold off and possibly buy fewer cattle.
April exports of U.S. pork reached the largest monthly volume in more than a year, while U.S. beef exports remained on a record value pace through April, according to data released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) last week.
For too many, planning means a focus on next week’s activities. However, when it comes to income taxes, the perspective needs to be long-term. Today’s tax rate system is insanely complex (by design, but that’s a topic for another day). The hazard is not merely a more steeply graduated rate system; it’s also the layering of additional taxes (the 3.