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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Markets
Aug 31, 2015
The results of the August Cattle on Feed report were not particularly unexpected. The reality matched almost perfectly with pre-report analyst estimates. For example, at 10 million head in feedlots with 1,000-head or greater capacities as of Aug. 1, the most recent on-feed population was up 2.


Markets
Aug 28, 2015
The cash fed cattle trade was sluggish at best with the leverage in the hands of the packers to buy cattle cheap. By Thursday, barely more than 8,500 head had been confirmed sold which was too slight a volume to set a trend. Live heifers traded between $140-145, but averages were on the lower end of the range, and dressed steers were going for $227.


News
Aug 7, 2015
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)— a non-profit association of wildlife service members—has been working on a sage-grouse population in the West report. The report will be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service later this week, but WAF- WA shared some preliminary data with media outlets, including WLJ,.


Markets
Jul 24, 2015
The most recent Cold Storage report shows a growing stock of all the major protein in U.S. warehouses. All told, stores of all meat (red meat and poultry) as of June 30 stood at 2.33 billion pounds, up 17 percent from the same time last year. Most of this increase came from increases in stored beef, though all the major proteins saw increases.


Markets
Jul 24, 2015
Cash cattle trade was slow to develop last week ahead of the release of the monthly Cattle on Feed and bi-annual Cattle Inventory reports. By close of trade on Thursday, over 20,000 head had been confirmed sold with prices ranging from $144-147 live (averaging in the low $145s) and $230-233 dressed (averaging in the upper $231s).




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