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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.
by WLJ
2010 June 11
A sagging boxed beef cutout, lower production levels and a slump in exports all combined last week to push live and dressed cattle prices lower. The early trade for the week was reported in the southern Plains at $92-93, down $2 from the previous week’s
by WLJ
2010 June 4
Fed cattle prices rebounded last week to post $1 gains in most market areas. In the southern Plains, early live cattle trade developed at mostly $94 last week, with analysts predicting clean-up trade at $95 if the outside markets managed to hold their ground. In the north, dressed trade
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Fed cattle trade ahead of the Memorial Day holiday last week traded early in a range of $147-150 dressed basis in the Corn Belt, with most volume on the lower end of that spectrum. Kansas dressed trade was reported at $93-94 and Colorado feedlots traded cattle on Tuesday
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Outside markets took their toll on the beef business last week. A seasonal turn in cattle demand had feeders selling hedged cattle last week at sharply lower prices. Trade in the South was reported for the week at $96 live basis down $3-4 from the prior week’s action. In the northern tier, dressed
by WLJ
2010 May 15
Last week’s cash fed cattle trade came in steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $100 live basis in the southern Plains and at $99-100 in Kansas. Dressed trade in the northern tier came in a range of $159 to mostly $162-163, as much as $3 higher than the prior week as packers worked
by WLJ
2010 May 7
Trade was an early affair last week as feedlots gained the upper hand to trade showlists at prices steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $99 to $100 live basis in most regions. In the north, trade was conducted at mostly $160 dressed. Despite turmoil in the outside markets,
by WLJ
2010 April 30
Outside markets took their toll on the fed cattle trade last week with a downdraft on Wall Street pulling live cattle contracts and cash lower on Tuesday. The sharply lower action in the equity markets forced commodities lower and cattle feeders jumped into the market to sell cattle at $98-98.