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2011 March 11
Fed cattle markets have .been trading for over $1 for 13 weeks. Cash fed cattle traded between $117-119 live and $190 in northern Plains dressed trade last week. It’s hard to imagine this market trading much higher, but all the signals point to a higher market this fall. Trading cattle at this level looks
2011 March 3
The ethanol business has been a burr under the saddle of livestock producers ever since the government made the decision to pursue biofuels. The corn markets have been good for the farming business, but not livestock feeding. It’s an interesting relationship since many folks raise both. The current spending
2011 February 25
Fed cattle markets remain extremely good. I’ve lost track of how many weeks fed cattle have traded for over $100. The market has been so good that it has a lot of folks perplexed. The cash market traded at $109-$110 two weeks ago and was expected to trade a couple dollars higher last
2011 February 18
Looking ahead, we have August feeder cattle futures showing us $133.45 last Thursday, a new contract high. Fall cattle prices are as strong as ever and it forces me to ask the question: How many ranchers will sell in the fall on the cash market? I still contend that there are more reasons for the market to go down
2011 February 11
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and the Federation of State Beef Councils held their annual meetings in Denver, CO, in early February. There was a good crowd despite sub-zero temperatures. For the most part, everyone was in good spirits due to the current cattle markets, but caution was the word
2011 February 3
The 70th Annual Red Bluff Bull Sale was an amazing event this year and reflected the pace of cattle markets. This sale made history, setting a record for all-breed range bull sales in the West. Demand for bulls was extremely good; buyers jumped right in to get the bulls they needed. This was a truly remarkable event and, by far,
2011 January 28
Cattle markets are as good as they have ever been and optimism is high. Futures markets are wild and have taken prices to almost unbelievable levels. August fed cattle are trading at $113 and feeder cattle at $128. Cattle feeders are apparently getting concerned about future supplies of feeder cattle and seem to think
2011 January 21
It appears that Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation) have made peace over the recent round of financial discrepancies between the organizations and their contractors.
2011 January 21
Take good food, turn up the tunes, add a handful of tried and true buddies and a reason to celebrate, and you have a party. Everyones definition of a good bash is different, however.
by WLJ
2011 January 14
It was announced last week that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will move ahead with limits on position size in the commodity markets. CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler said that the limits will help to protect the markets, both in times of clear skies and when there is a storm on
2011 January 14
We still are pondering the future of the beef cow and visiting and revisiting old and new thoughts. If one references the world production of beef, our beef production is just one piece of a very big picture.
by WLJ
2011 January 14
The proposal will limit spot-month positions to 25 percent of the deliverable supply of any single commodity. Non-spot-month positions are set at a maximum of 10 percent of open interest up to 25,000 contracts and 2.5 percent beyond that threshold.
2011 January 7
Its becoming very apparent that the livestock business is going to have to learn to live with $5 corn. Many already have because corn prices dropping back below $3 just isnt going to happen. The cattle industry has developed itself around cheap corn for the past 50 years. The corn rally in 2008 made you think a bit, but it seemed
2010 December 31
Most market analysts are expecting 2011 to be a good year for the cattle industry. The USDA forecast is calling for a 2 percent reduction in beef output next year which should shore up the supply side of the market. The supply side of live cattle markets is in a positive situation for the year ahead and for
by WLJ
2010 December 23
It was the afternoon of Dec. 23, 2003, when the call came in from USDA. Beef industry leadership at the national and state levels had practiced for this moment, but it was still a shock to learn that a cow of Canadian origin in Washington state had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
2010 December 23
The article titled Economics of Animal Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing (Volume 21, No. 3, 2006), authored by Michael Boehlje, focused on issues we in the beef industry need to understand. Perhaps that understanding is the source of the continued discussion.
2010 December 23
Cattle markets have gone wild over the past couple weeks, with nice advances in last week’s markets for all classes of cattle. It appears that the managed money funds are back in the game and pushing both fed and feeder cattle contracts to new highs. Even though the cattle are the highest they have ever
2010 December 17
If the future of beef is a concern, and it certainly seems to be based on the numerous reports on the decreasing cow herd, then who really is concerned? Having been to many meetings and then repeats of these meetings and actually repeats of the...
2010 December 17
The USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration’s congressional mandate to make changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act appeared to hit a big stalling point last week. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week that the agency will perform

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