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by WLJ
2008 December 30
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service issued the final cattle on feed report of 2008, Dec. 19, and it held some early Christmas surprises for the industry. Total numbers of cattle on feed remain well below year-earlier levels. Total cattle on feed numbers stood at 11.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
Ahead of the holiday-shortened week, fed cattle trade was underway early last Thursday with prices gaining $1-2 over the prior weeks levels.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
The Sept. 1 Cattle on Feed report showed an overall decline in the number of cattle on feed. According to USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), cattle on feed in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 10 million head, down 3 percent from the same date last year and 9 percent below Sept.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Cash cattle trade at midweek showed good numbers of cattle trading hands in the southern Plains at prices mostly steady to slightly lower than the previous week. Trade came at $98-99 in Kansas, Colorado and Texas, however, most trade in the north and Corn Belt region was at a standstill as of mid-day last Thursday.
by WLJ
2008 December 12
Live cattle trade was slow to start last week as packers ratchet down harvest levels in an effort to regain positive margins going into year end. For the week, market analysts were predicting steady to slightly lower trade in the $85-87 range for live cattle and $134-136 for dressed cattle.