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2017 July 14
Last week gave the whole cattle market a bit of a shock. Usual market watchers, confident the cattle market was tucked in for a dog-days-of-summer nap, turned their attentions to monthly reports. So it was a surprise for everyone involved when both cash cattle and futures made tidy little gains.

2017 July 10
There is a growing recognition that international beef trade will play an increasingly important role in the U.S. beef industry in the coming years. Within the dynamics of global beef trade it is impo
by DTN
2017 July 7
Whether the Republicans can accomplish federal tax reform is still an open question. If enactment does occur, it seems more likely the changes will be effective in 2018 rather than retroactively in 2017. As the process plays out in Congress, here are some points to consider if passage looks likely.
2017 July 7
In January 2013, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) launched the Direct Farm Operating Microloan program to better serve the credit needs of small farms, beginning farmers, farmers from socially disadvantaged groups (women and minorities), and veterans.
2017 June 23
Cash fed cattle continued their slide last week with live trade at $121-123 and northern dressed trade between $193-195. It was a bad week on the futures market with losses booked every day. The news that JBS’ Five Rivers Cattle Feeders was up for sale appears to have spooked traders for a while.

2017 June 16
“All hell broke loose in direct trade yesterday,” noted Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge last Thursday morning. The Fed Cattle Exchange started Wednesday’s trade off valiantly with prices of $136-137 for delivery of cattle up to two weeks out. Those prices were steady with the prior week’s trade.
2017 June 16
The two much-anticipated events were met with a flurry of announcements of approval and praise from industry groups. Groups such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the North American Meat Institute, the U.S.

2017 June 9
It’s a unique time in global beef markets with a wide range of issues providing challenges and opportunities among many of the major beef exporting countries. USDA-FAS (Foreign Agricultural Service) estimates published in April project the top five beef exporting countries in 2017, in order, as India, Brazil, Australia, the U.
2017 June 9
Beef exports reached 99,786 metric tons (mt) in April, up 13 percent from a year ago, valued at $550.4 million, up 14 percent. For January through April, beef exports were up 14 percent in volume (392,001 mt) and 18 percent in value ($2.16 billion) compared to the same period last year.
2017 June 9
While cash fed cattle and feeder cattle, and wholesale beef overwhelmingly continued their upward motion, futures stalled out last Tuesday with limitdown losses in feeder contracts. However, strong beef demand and good fundamentals in the cattle and beef complexes seem to be keeping things up.

2017 June 2
Last week, the over six-decadeold tradition of the WLJ Tour was alive and well. Over 120 ranchers and WLJ readers joined us for the 2017 Big Horn Ranch Tour in Wyoming to check out a series of large, progressive ranches. All the ranches were different and as unique as the country they ran in, but all had one thing in common; they were big.

2017 May 26
Though mid-week cash prices fell to $129-133 live following the Fed Cattle Exchange, by Thursday, live prices increased slightly to $130-136. Dressed prices on Thursday were $206-210. Despite this minor intra-week recovery in the cash prices, they were generally steady with the prior week’s trade and down from recent week’s.

2017 May 19
On Oct. 12, 2016, 50 percent (chemical lean fresh) trim set its recent low of $31.62/cwt., roughly half of what prices were during the height of the “pink slime” controversy in 2012. Since then, the market gained impressively, setting a new record with a national weighted average of $203.

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