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by WLJ
2010 October 29
Fed cattle trade last week was slow but steady for much of the early week period with small numbers trading in most areas through midday last Thursday. The light cash trade had backed down from the previous weeks exceptional levels by $2-2.50 in most areas.
by WLJ
2010 October 15
Fed cattle trade last week was stalled last Thursday with packers and feeders deadlocked over prices. Packers were attempting to push prices lower to the range of $94-95 live and $148-150 dressed, while feeders were holding out for $97-98 live and
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Fed cattle trade wrapped up early last week with the bulk of the action complete on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the southern Plains, live cattle traded mostly steady to $1 higher at $98-98.50. Dressed sales in the Corn Belt and Nebraska were reported at $153-154, steady to $1 lower than the previous weeks sales.
by WLJ
2010 September 17
Trade started out mostly steady last week with early reports of $98 live cattle sales in the southern Plains and $153-155 dressed trade in the northern Plains and Corn Belt. The steady trade last week was a positive for the industry, as many analysts were expecting trade to move lower as a result of
by WLJ
2010 September 10
Fed cattle trade got a boost last week from better than expected Labor Day clearance levels and a return to a full production schedule for packing plants. The cash fed cattle trade in the southern Plains last week was complete by Wednesday, with packers paying $1-2 more than the previous week with trade reported at $97-98 live basis in the South.
by WLJ
2010 September 10
The corn market has been inching higher over the past several weeks on expectations that this years crop may not reach previously predicted levels. Many analysts expect that USDAs corn crop estimate, set to be released Sept. 20, will show a downward revision in expected corn production.
by WLJ
2010 September 3
Fed cattle trade started off slow on Wednesday last week with prices $2-2.50 lower than the previous week in the southern Plains at $97. Farther north in Nebraska, dressed cattle were $2 lower at $153 and in the Corn Belt, live cattle traded steady at $96 and dressed trade was reported steady at
by WLJ
2010 August 27
Fed cattle traded early last week with the market mostly 50 cents to $1 lower in all feeding areas. Last Tuesday in the southern Plains, live cattle traded at mostly $99.50 with dressed sales in Kansas reported at $157. In the North, early fed cattle trade came at $155 dressed, steady with the
2010 August 20
Bright yellow. Vibrant purple. To the uneducated, yellow toadflax and purple loosestrife are just pretty flowers. When farmers, ranchers and land managers look at these plants and other noxious weeds, all they see is red. It’s not just an angry red at the expense of both time and money,
by WLJ
2010 August 13
Fed cattle trade was mostly wrapped up last Wednesday at prices $1-2 higher on live cattle and $2-3 higher on a dressed basis. Prices in the southern Plains were in a range of $94-95 while dressed trade in the North occurred at mostly $150.
by WLJ
2010 August 6
The call in the fed cattle markets last week was for steady to higher cash trade once it developed, with most analysts predicting that trade would hold off until Friday. Early packer bids were at $91-92 live basis in the South and at $150 dressed in the North. However, a firming cutout
by WLJ
2010 July 30
Fed cattle trade last week was underway in the northern Plains and Corn Belt at prices generally $2-3 lower than the prior week at $93 live and $146-149 dressed. Trade in the southern tier was expected at $93-94 live, $1-2 lower than the prior week, as feedlot managers worked to take
by WLJ
2010 July 23
Fed cattle trade last Thursday started $1 higher than the previous week’s action on the back of improvement in the futures markets and steady boxed beef prices. In Kansas, trade developed at $95 live on Thursday while early sales in the Corn Belt were in a range of $148-151, although
by WLJ
2010 July 16
Fed cattle traded $1-2 higher last Wednesday with prices in the southern Plains at $94 live basis in Texas and at $92.50-93.50 in Kansas. In the northern Plains, cattle sold at $93-94 live and at $150 dressed. The upward momentum in the fed cattle markets caught many analysts off guard
by WLJ
2010 July 9
Fed cattle trade advanced $1-2 in the southern Plains last Wednesday and $2 in dressed trade in the Corn Belt. Most live trade was at $91-92 and dressed trade at $146-$148. Fed cattle continue to trade at a $2 premium over the futures markets and should keep feeders aggressive in their
by WLJ
2010 July 9
During February 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his agency would be redirecting its efforts surrounding animal identification in the nation to the development of a framework for animal disease traceability.
by WLJ
2010 July 2
Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, fed cattle sales started trading early last week at prices mostly steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $91 live in the South and $146 dressed in the northern tier. The trade was based, at least in small part, on a jump in the grain markets last week as USDA’s plantings report surprised the market
by WLJ
2010 June 25
Good numbers of cattle traded early last week at prices which were mostly steady to $1 higher, with live trade in the South reported at $91 and northern dressed trade at $146-147. The early steady to higher trade last week was the result of short-bought
by WLJ
2010 June 18
Fed cattle trade was slow to get started last week as traders positioned themselves ahead of the Cattle on Feed Report. Early week trade in the Corn Belt was light in a range of $145-148 dressed basis while a few early trades in Kansas were reported at $91 live. The full range of trade
by WLJ
2010 June 18
While economic conditions remain difficult for U.S. beef in Mexico, exports are thriving in all other key global markets. For the year, Mexico remains the No. 1 market in terms of both volume at 77,027 metric tons, or 169.8 million pounds (lb.), and value, at $246.


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