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2015 October 30
September placements were close to expectations at 96 percent of last year, as were marketings at 98 percent of one year ago, leading to an Oct. 1 on-feed total of 10.2 million head or 102.3 percent of last year. The relatively strong marketings number was confirmed by a 5.


by USDA
2015 October 30
Beef prices typically experience a seasonal decline at the end of summer, but the decline in prices since August this year has been particularly steep, and the combination of abundant supplies and lower demand suggests cattle and beef prices could continue to decline.


2015 October 23
Like it or not, it’s a global economy. U.S. meat goes out and foreign meat comes in. But where does made-in-America meat go and from where does the foreign meat hail? A recent USDA report examined the U.S. top meat trade partners, import regulations, and what to expect for the future of trade.


2015 October 23
The past couple months likely will go down as some of the most turbulent in memory for most cattle producers. At the heart of industry-wide price declines and rallies has been concern and uncertainty regarding both supply and demand fundamentals. Most of the near-term supply pressures related to extra-heavyweight fed cattle are well documented.


by DTN
2015 October 23
Fed cattle prices declined more than $20 per cwt. from late August to early October, and early estimates of September losses are as high as $350 per head, according to Purdue University Ag Economics Professor Michael Langemeier. If the trend continues, October losses could soar to $550 per head.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report reflects a host of international economics situations as they play out on the domestic market. Declining demand for U.S. meat is resulting in declining exports and more meat on the domestic market.


2015 October 16
By close of trade on Thursday, not even 5,000 head had been confirmed sold in the negotiated sales. Those that had sold went for $123-126 live and $198 dressed. Though this volume was too low for setting any sort of market trend, the prices were within the upper level of the prior week’s price ranges.


2015 October 16
A recent Cow/Calf Corner newsletter discussed cull cow grades. Remember cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “Breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners.” Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow.


2015 October 16
There are encouraging signs that fed and feeder cattle markets have turned the corner on the massive slide in prices in recent weeks. Notice that I didn’t say “correcting the over-correction.


2015 October 16
For many years, cattle producers experienced a somewhat predictable cattle cycle approximately 10 years in length. However, during the last 15 years, an abnormal number of outside events have caused the cycle to be less predictable and left producers wondering if the cattle cycle is relevant for planning purposes.


by DTN
2015 October 16
The economy hit the skids about the time we formed the partnership, and for most years the Schedule K-1 allocations were insignificant. There really was not any profit until 2015. This year the company made a large sale, and my share of the profit is in excess of $300,000.


by USDA
2015 October 16
Because land is a critical input to farming and farm real estate represents such a large portion of the value of farm sector assets (around 80 percent), the ownership of agricultural land is a topic of interest to farmers, lenders, policymakers and others concerned with the farm sector.


2015 October 9
Some culling of beef cows occurs in most herds every year. A few cows will become reproductively unsound, broken-mouths, bad udders, open, and/or just plain old. If feed resources are available, some producers may wish to market the culls after the first of the year for tax purposes.


by USDA
2015 October 9
About 222,000 women are principal farm operators, or the person most responsible for making day-to-day decisions about the farm; 1.5 million women are spouses of principal operators. About one-third of these women spouses are secondary operators who work on the farm and participate in day-to-day decisions with their husband.


2015 October 9
August beef exports totaled 84,167 metric tons (mt), down 18 percent from a year ago. Beef export value was down 24 percent to $498 million, the lowest in 18 months. For the first eight months of 2015, exports were down 11 percent in volume to 703,231 mt and dropped 5 percent in value to $4.


2015 October 9
At Hall and Hall, a fullservice real estate company based in the Rocky Mountain West, providing loan, appraisal, management, and brokerage services throughout the United States, Partner Tim Murphy and Appraiser Mike McDonnell of the Bozeman, MT, office talked with WLJ.




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