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2016 April 29
The latest Cattle on Feed (COF) report showed feedlot inventories (among feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity) on April 1 of 10.853 million head, 100.5 percent of year-ago levels. March feedlot marketings were 107 percent of last year and placements were 104.


2016 April 22
Losses on both CME live and feeder cattle futures early last week has made buyers extremely cautious. Last Monday saw limit down trading in the live cattle futures when the April prices fell by the CME daily limit of 3 cents to $1.28 per pound. Cattle futures also saw a downturn, falling 3 cents to $1.

2016 April 15
The cash fed cattle market was slow last week and what had come in was mixed. By close of trade on Thursday, only 15,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though that is sufficient for a weekly trend, it is a far sight lower than the prior week’s 50,000+ head that had been confirmed sold by that time.


2016 April 8
Mexican beef exports have grown rapidly in recent years. Total beef exports began increasing in 2009 and have increased from about 28,000 metric tons in 2008 to over 161,000 metric tons in 2015, a nearly six-fold increase. Currently, Mexico is the 10th largest beef exporting country, exceeding Argentina for the first time in 2015.


by DTN
2016 April 8
A key definition in the tax law involves growing. An agricultural operation that’s conducting crop or animal production is classified as a farmer. Activities that only provide services to an agricultural producer aren’t farming.


2016 April 8
The cash fed cattle trade got underway in the rarely-seen usual fashion last week, with over 50,000 head having been confirmed sold by close of trade on Thursday. Prices paid for cash cattle were steady with the prior week at $132-135 (up $1 on the upper end of the range) for live and $213-215 dressed.


2016 April 8
February beef exports totaled 83,203 metric tons (mt), up slightly from last year, while value dropped 18 percent to $437 million. January-February exports were up 2 percent in volume (165,504 mt) from a year ago but fell 16 percent in value ($875.1 million).


by WLJ
2016 April 4
Corn futures reacted negatively to the larger-thanexpected acreage projections in the report with the entire board seeing red. By Thursday’s settle, the nearterm corn contract stood at 351'4, down 15'4 in just Thursday’s trade. The more deferred contracts of December 2016 and March 2017 were at 368'6 (down 15'2) and 378'2 (down 14'4) respectively.
by WLJ
2016 April 4
Last week saw the release of Rabobank’s first quarter beef report. The focus was on international beef trade. South American beef countries, China, Oceania, and North America all are or will see changes in their trade-related fundamentals in 2016, according to the report.
2016 April 4
Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan. The plans can be very simple to very complex, depending on your situation and level of detail. These plans need to be flexible and updated as things change. Price risk management is one piece of this marketing plan that we will discuss in further detail.
by USDA
2016 April 4
Red meat and poultry exports as a share of production are down from the average over the previous five years, reflecting the combination of a strengthening dollar, slowing global economy, and restrictions on poultry exports put in place as a result of the U.
by USDA
2016 April 4
As of Feb. 9, 2016, U.S. net farm income is forecast to fall to $54.8 billion in 2016 after recently peaking in 2013, due largely to declines in commodity prices. In inflation-adjusted terms, since 1970 only five years have registered lower net farm income.
2016 April 1
Cash fed cattle trade got over and done with by the end of day on Thursday, but perhaps not to the tune cattle feeders would have hoped for. With more than 42,000 head confirmed sold by the end of day last Thursday, prices slipped up to $6 at $131-135 for live cattle, and $214-215 for dressed cattle, a $1-4 decline.


by USDA
2016 March 28
In California, measures of exposure to local water shortages are only part of how the drought is affecting farms. California agriculture relies heavily on irrigation, and much of the irrigation water is supplied by large-scale state and federal water projects that store, transport, and deliver water across hundreds of miles.
2016 March 28
First, the basics of the report: Marketings of cattle out of feedlots with a 1,000 head or greater capacity during February were up 5 percent, largely due to the effects of an extra day from leap year. Placements into feedlots during February were up 10 percent compared to February 2015.
2016 March 25
What the market gives it also takes away. Last week saw all sectors of the cattle and beef markets fall. In most cases the losses from last week returned all of the gains made the week before. In the cash fed cattle market, over 22,000 head had been confirmed sold by Thursday afternoon.

2016 March 14
In 1990-1996, the last complete herd expansion in the beef industry, the beef cow herd increased about 2.9 million head, from 32.5 million head in 1990 to 35.3 million head in 1996. This included one year of expansion of 3.


by USDA
2016 March 14
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing—where producers engage with consumers face-to-face at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, on-farm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements (CSAs)—brings benefits for consumers as well as the farm businesses.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report held few changes for meat and poultry, but attention was on the grain ending stocks and world supplies. The report was called neutral on the domestic side and bullish on the world stage by DTN Analyst, Todd Hultman.