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by WLJ
2017 March 10
A good set of financial records are a must when considering economic decisions in your operation. Understanding how to pull the needed data out of those records and how to interpret them is key to providing you with usable information to make your decisions.
2017 March 10
After the prior week’s impressive gains, last week saw cash fed cattle prices increase even more. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, almost 110,000 head had been confirmed sold at $125- 129.50 live and $200-204 dressed. This was up a few dollars for live cattle and steady for dressed cattle compared to the prior week.


2017 March 3
The futures markets were interesting last week. On Monday, one couldn’t help but notice that expiring February live contract seemed to be high on the success of the cash markets. All the while, more deferred contracts appeared to be pointedly pessimistic about the future despite cash and demand signals.
2017 March 3
“This gives us a good picture of how important it is to keep these markets open,” Ribera said. “When you look at it, over 509,000 jobs and almost $108 billion in economic impact is a lot of money and jobs, especially now that commodity prices are low and farmers are struggling to make a profit.
2017 March 3
Non-pregnant (aka “open”) cows are often considered a byproduct of cow/ calf operations. Usually, when open cows are identified at pregnancy diagnosis they are sorted directly into a separate pen, loaded that day (or as soon as the calves are weaned) and transported to a livestock marketing facility.
2017 March 3
The cash fed cattle markets were off to the races last week with continued optimism. The prior week’s $122-125 live and $194-196 dressed was handily bypassed by last week’s $124-127.50 live and $200-205 dressed prices. To top it off, by close of trade Thursday, over 130,500 head had been confirmed sold on the negotiated cash market.


by USDA
2017 March 3
Higher working capital means better financial health for the farm sector. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) expects that working capital for the farm sector could contract to $48 billion by the end of 2017.
2017 February 24
Bred cows vary in value according to a number of factors including age, quality, weight, stage of gestation, hide color, time of year and location. Research at Oklahoma State University (OSU) has examined 15 years of auction data in Oklahoma to determine the impact of these factors on commercial bred cow value.
2017 February 24
Dr. Ian Sheldon—the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE)—said if Trump were to implement a 45 percent tariff against China and a 35 percent...
2017 February 24
Outlaw said projections indicate 17 of the 23 feed grain and oilseed farms are projected to be in moderate or poor financial condition; nine of the 11 wheat farms are projected to be in moderate or poor financial condition; 11 of the 15 cotton farms...
2017 February 24
By close of trade last Thursday, nearly 128,000 head had been confirmed sold last week and the prices were refreshing; live cattle trading for $124-125 and dressed cattle traded for $196. This is a far cry from the prior week’s $116-120 live and $187 dressed.
2017 February 24
product. The move follows a multi-year effort by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to persuade store managers that sales of U.S. beef—a popular item at Costco —would match or exceed Australian beef sales due to revived consumer confidence in the safety of U.
by USDA
2017 February 24
According to the Economic Research Service’s (ERS’) food availability data, the total per capita supply of red meat, poultry and fish available for consumption in the U.S.—which reached 200 pounds on a boneless, edible basis in 2007—fell to 181 pounds in 2014.
by USDA
2017 February 24
Commercial farm income is highly variable from year to year, fluctuating with output and prices. Income variability can affect key farm decisions, including how much to invest in farm assets (such as land or machinery) and how much to save as a cushion for low-earning years.
by USDA
2017 February 17
The expected decline in 2017 net farm income is driven by a forecast reduction in the value of production. Crop value of production is forecast down $9.2 billion (4.9 percent), while the value of production of animal/animal products is forecast to decline by less than $1 billion (0.
2017 February 17
The beef cow herd has expanded a total of 7.3 percent since the recent low on Jan. 1, 2014 (Table1). The inventory of beef replacement heifers relative to the beef cow inventory is the best indication of future beef herd expansion. The Jan. 1, 2017 ratio of replacement heifers to the cow herd was 20.
by USDA
2017 February 17
In the years leading up to 2002, electricity prices paid by U.S. processing plants, grocery stores, restaurants, and other food system participants—including consumers for their kitchen appliances—were trending downward. As a result, between 1998 and 2002 the U.
by USDA
2017 February 17
currency relative to competitors in late 2014 into 2015. A stronger U.S. currency can make exports appear more expensive and imports cheaper. Additionally, the U.S. poultry market was heavily impacted by a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak that led to sweeping trade restrictions.


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