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2015 March 23
Last week the futures got all the attention in the cattle and beef market family. And despite the spectacular displays there, the cash fed trade was left to languish. Or perhaps that was the result of cash fed cattle buyers holding out until the Cattle on Feed report, which came out last Friday.
by WLJ
2015 March 20
Several factors joined forces simultaneously to seriously impact beef exports and imports so far this year. The situation in 2015 is a continuation of trade issues that developed in 2014. Total beef production decreased nearly 6 percent in 2014 and resulted in dramatic increases in U.
by WLJ
2015 March 20
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFDP) was initially authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to reimburse eligible farmers and ranchers for grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire through Sept. 30, 2011 (the end of the period covered by the 2008 Act).


by WLJ
2015 March 20
Several factors joined forces simultaneously to seriously impact beef exports and imports so far this year. The situation in 2015 is a continuation of trade issues that developed in 2014. Total beef production decreased nearly 6 percent in 2014 and resulted in dramatic increases in U.
by WLJ
2015 March 20
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFDP) was initially authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to reimburse eligible farmers and ranchers for grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire through Sept. 30, 2011 (the end of the period covered by the 2008 Act).
2015 March 16
The cash live trade held off to later in the week last week as packers held out hope for the possibility of lower fed cattle prices. By Thursday afternoon, they were to be disappointed. Over 10,400 head of cattle were confirmed sold at $162.50 live and $258- 260 dressed, steady to slightly higher for both live and dressed compared to the prior week.
2015 March 16
The cash live trade held off to later in the week last week as packers held out hope for the possibility of lower fed cattle prices. By Thursday afternoon, they were to be disappointed. Over 10,400 head of cattle were confirmed sold at $162.50 live and $258- 260 dressed, steady to slightly higher for both live and dressed compared to the prior week.
by DTN
2015 March 13
The president’s State of the Union message advocated a new top 28 percent capital gain rate and partial elimination of the stepup in basis that occurs at death. That would make sales of farmland a tax disaster. However, with the Republicans controlling the House and the Senate, those proposals have little chance of enactment.
2015 March 13
“Sharply higher beef prices in North America coupled with a very strong U.S. dollar have significantly distorted relative prices in the U.S. and Canada. High beef prices in the U.S. have limited U.S. beef exports to Canada and as a result Canadian consumers have had to rely more on domestic production to fill needs.
2015 March 13
Almost all facets of the beef projections were down in the most recent report. Production estimates were revised downwards to the tune of 160 million pounds at 24.13 billion pounds. This alteration was due to slow first quarter fed cattle slaughter.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
One measure of technological change is total factor productivity (TFP). Increased TFP means that fewer economic resources (land, labor, capital and materials) are needed to produce a given amount of economic output.


by DTN
2015 March 13
The president’s State of the Union message advocated a new top 28 percent capital gain rate and partial elimination of the stepup in basis that occurs at death. That would make sales of farmland a tax disaster. However, with the Republicans controlling the House and the Senate, those proposals have little chance of enactment.
2015 March 13
“Sharply higher beef prices in North America coupled with a very strong U.S. dollar have significantly distorted relative prices in the U.S. and Canada. High beef prices in the U.S. have limited U.S. beef exports to Canada and as a result Canadian consumers have had to rely more on domestic production to fill needs.
2015 March 13
Almost all facets of the beef projections were down in the most recent report. Production estimates were revised downwards to the tune of 160 million pounds at 24.13 billion pounds. This alteration was due to slow first quarter fed cattle slaughter.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
One measure of technological change is total factor productivity (TFP). Increased TFP means that fewer economic resources (land, labor, capital and materials) are needed to produce a given amount of economic output.
2015 March 9
According to data by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in 2014 the U.S. imported 2.95 billion pounds (lbs.) of beef and veal. This compares to 2.57 billion lbs. exported in the same year, making a trade deficit of 380 million lbs. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report projects trade this year will be 2.


2015 March 9
Cash fed trade was very slow to develop last week as packers tried to play chicken with the rollercoaster futures and cutout prices. They tried to hold out for steady to lower prices—compared to the prior week’s $157-160 live and $252-254 dressed trade—and even by Thursday afternoon there was little indication of where prices would go.
2015 March 9
According to data by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in 2014 the U.S. imported 2.95 billion pounds (lbs.) of beef and veal. This compares to 2.57 billion lbs. exported in the same year, making a trade deficit of 380 million lbs. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report projects trade this year will be 2.
2015 March 9
Cash fed trade was very slow to develop last week as packers tried to play chicken with the rollercoaster futures and cutout prices. They tried to hold out for steady to lower prices—compared to the prior week’s $157-160 live and $252-254 dressed trade—and even by Thursday afternoon there was little indication of where prices would go.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Japan is one of the largest markets for U.S. agricultural exports, and the U.S. has long been its largest supplier. However, in recent years the total value of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan has stagnated (in real terms) and the U.S. share of Japan’s agricultural imports has declined.




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