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2016 September 23
Stocker producers have numerous decisions to make when purchasing stocker cattle including the weight, gender, and quality of cattle to buy. The appropriate choice for individual producers depends on the objectives of the stocker program and the type of production system.


2016 September 23
Typically the sale of cull cows accounts for 15 to 30 percent of the yearly gross revenues of cow/calf operations in the U.S. Historic cull cow prices over the past 30 years have been the lowest in November, December and January; and at their highest in level in March, April and May.


2016 September 16
Cash cattle traders were sitting on their hands last week after the prior week’s precipitous fall. By Thursday afternoon, not even 3,000 head had been reported sold, this not including the almost 1,000 head that sold at auction via the Fed Cattle Exchange.


2016 September 16
Given the multitude of adjustments underway in the cattle markets, it is useful to assess most recent estimates of closeout returns offered in Kansas State University’s (K- State’s) Kansas Feedlot Net Return series to extend understanding of the current situation faced by feedlots.


2016 September 16
“With the recent news from New Zealand of a drought and the decrease in supplies available to import, as well as the strengthening of the New Zealand dollar against the U.S. dollar, the hope for U.S. producers is that there will be less imports, thus taking the pressure off domestic supply,” Sand said.


2016 September 16
But, while potent, auctions are not the only form of cash price discovery. When it comes to the fed cattle markets, auctions are almost unheard of—the Fed Cattle Exchange notwithstanding (see the story on this issue’s cover)—and concern over negotiated cash fed trade grows as its volume declines.


2016 September 2
It was more than a bit of a crazy week last week for the markets. Not only did the cash fed cattle market see large volumes of cattle trade every day of the week starting Monday. By close of trade Thursday, over 85,000 head had sold at painful prices..

2016 August 26
Things were ugly last week, particularly in the cash fed cattle markets. After the prior week’s $118 live and $186 dressed prices, last week’s $113-115 live and $179- 183 dressed prices came as a stinging slap. Analysts had predicted the week would see lower prices, but it’s unclear if they expected things would go that low.


2016 August 26
Changes in feeder cattle prices recently have potential impacts for cow/ calf and stocker producers this fall. Through July and August, prices for heavy feeder cattle have increased relative to lighter weight feeder cattle. Several factors appear to be impacting feeder cattle price relationships.


by USDA
2016 August 26
While other variables—particularly robust income gains in developing countries—supported market growth, an extended period of dollar depreciation during FY2003-14 increased the competitiveness of U.S. exports. Since FY2014, however, U.S.


2016 August 19
Reality disappointed early-week projections of a strong-steady cash market last week. By close of trade last Thursday, over 78,000 head had been confirmed sold at prices ranging from $116-118.50 live and $185-187 dressed. These levels were down from the prior week’s $117-120 live and $186-188 dressed ranges

by DTN
2016 August 12
If the student is working on the farm for some part of the year, compensation can be a great tool. The student’s salary isn’t subject to income tax until it exceeds the standard deduction ($6,300 for 2016). Normally, there will be the 15.
by USDA
2016 August 12
The 2014 Farm Act revised the maximum income limitations (the income cap) that determine eligibility for most commodity and conservation programs and payments by replacing the separate limits on farm and nonfarm income specified in the 2008 Farm Act with a single total adjusted gross income cap of $900,000.
2016 August 12
There was a bit of a lull in the markets last week, almost as though the relative revelry of the markets in the last few weeks took a slight breather to look around. Announced changes to the futures market and the anticipation of the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report likely clouded the market’s upward momentum.


2016 August 12
U.S. red meat exports ended the first half of 2016 on a positive note, as June export values for both beef and pork were the highest of the year. June also marked the second consecutive month of solid year-over-year volume growth, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.


by USDA
2016 August 12
Passage of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform Act in 1994 led to a spike in the use of crop insurance, reflecting the introduction of low-coverage, fully subsidized Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement (CAT) insurance and a temporary requirement that producers obtain insurance coverage to be eligible for other commodity support programs.




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