For a short marketing week, there was no shortage of activity last week. Negotiated cash fed cattle trade got underway earlier than normal with packers trying to buy for a full production week while butted up to a holiday.
(WOTUS). The attorneys general of 13 states are attempting to sue the EPA over what they characterize as unlawful expansion of jurisdiction. They additionally call the WOTUS final draft “arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law.
For California, still suffering in its historic drought, it has meant an early and voracious start to its usual fire season. According to CalFire (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), there have been 41 fires in the state since February of this year, burning a total of 49,696 acres as of publishing.
The cash fed cattle trade got underway last Thursday with almost 35,000 head confirmed sold on the negotiated market. Prices for live steers ranged from $147- 150—steady to lower compared to the prior week’s $149-150—and dressed steers were down $2-3 at $235-240.
The top cattle-feeding states were very mixed but mostly lower than the national average, meaning a lot of the year-to-year increase came from smaller cattle-feeding states. Both Colorado and Texas saw 2 percent declines in their on-feed populations at 890,000 and 2.
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Packers held off buying cash fed cattle last week until the very end. By Thursday, barely more than 4,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week. Live heifers were listed as $150 and dressed steers were listed as $241-243, though the volumes were too light to make these numbers relevant.
On this Friday, 25 years ago, the northern spotted owl was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bird itself has been hailed as an icon of environmental activism, but the impact of its listing has served as a dark omen to industries that depend on public land.
Cash fed cattle trade was again at a snail’s pace last week as packers hoped for—and again likely missed—an opportunity to buy cattle cheaper. By the close of trade on Thursday, not even 4,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though volumes were too low to establish a trend, live cattle sold for $155 and dressed for $246, steady with the prior week.
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Last week, packers and feedlots had a standoff on cash fed trade. Early week indications suggested futures prices would decline sharply—mostly due to concerns over poor seasonal demand and declining wholesale beef prices—prompting packers to hold off and possibly buy fewer cattle.
When it comes to pest control, breeding for resistance is a very long-range solution. But what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in that it does not spur pesticide resistance among the target pests. As consumers get more concerned about how food animals are raised and treated, non-chemical controls for pests are worth investigating.
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Cash trade was slow to develop during the holiday-shortened week last week, and early expectations were for a steady to lower trade compared to the prior week’s $159-161 live and $250-253 dressed prices. As of close of trade last Thursday, 967 head had been confirmed sold with volumes too low to establish the week’s price trend.
The monthly economic reports from the USDA show continuing trends across the various sectors of the cattle and beef industry; placements are surprising, marketings are lower than they should be, fewer beef females are going to slaughter, and beef is building up in ...
that fill with water; • Erosional features, including gullies, rills, and other ephemeral features that do not meet the definition of tributary, non-wetland swales, and lawfully constructed grassed waterways; • Puddles; • Groundwater, including groundwater drained through subsurface drainage systems.
The markets may well be on the precipice before the fall, or they could have some good times ahead. It’s anyone’s game at this point, and it all depends on the consumer at the meat counter. How much beef are they willing to buy for the traditionally best beef demand period of the year, and how much are they willing to pay for it?.
The world economy is getting more global. And the global middle class is growing, and with it, its taste for beef. If the U.S. can’t supply it economically, the world will look to other countries, leaving the U.S. behind in the great trade race on beef exports.