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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Markets
Nov 25, 2013
Cash fed cattle trade was in a “wait and see” mode last week ahead of the release of the Nov. 1 Cattle on Feed report and the drastic downward movement of the futures market. By Thursday afternoon, light trade amounting to over 11,000 head for the week had sold at $130-131 live in the South Plains and $132 live and $208 dressed in the Corn Belt.
News
Nov 25, 2013
Last week was Antibiotic Awareness Week in the U.S. and other countries. Of course, this meant a lot of attention was directed at the problem of antibiotic resistance. However, both an appeal from an international panel of experts, as well as the speakers of the recent antibiotic-focused convention stressed that the issue is a complicated one.
Markets
Nov 18, 2013
The big news of the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report involved the changes to the corn projections. Though the report’s estimated corn production rate for the 2013/2014 crop is up from the previous estimate, the number was still down from prereport trade averages.
Markets
Nov 18, 2013
“A post-Thanksgiving rally is expected for product and cash cattle values,” said Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge. That might not be a good thing in the long run, however, as cash prices and their influencing market elements—such as production rates, feeder prices and futures—threaten to push prices out of consumers’ willingness to pay.
News
Nov 15, 2013
In a recent Federal Register, USDA announced it is seeking input from farmers and other stakeholders regarding “agricultural coexistence.” It defines this watchword as the “concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identitypreserved, and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with underlying consumer preferences and farmer choices.
News
Nov 1, 2013
Minimal sales occurred through Thursday last week. By Wednesday, live trade had developed at $132 in Nebraska and $132-133 in the Corn Belt. Iowa saw $209 dressed trade. All of it was too light for a trend, but analysts expected trade to remain steady to slightly up from those numbers.
News
Nov 1, 2013
“Bullying” is the current watchword in schools and its demise is the motivator of a good many afterschool specials. But it isn’t limited to the academic halls of childhood. Sadly for the ranchers who face threats from representatives of federal agencies and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation.
News
Nov 1, 2013
The FDA released a proposed rule to regulate pet food and animal feed production last Tuesday. Though the proposed rule largely focuses on pet food and preventing foodborne illnesses in American pets, it has the potential to impact some elements of the livestock feed supply chain.
News
Oct 25, 2013
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last Wednesday the release of a new guidance on humane handling for livestock at slaughter. The guidance supports the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act portion of U.S. Code. However, FSIS notes that half of livestock slaughter plants already meet the recommendations set forth in the guidance.
News
Oct 25, 2013
On the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Meatless Monday campaign, the Alliance for Animal Agriculture (AAA) released a rather damning report. According to their private review over the years, the Meatless Monday campaign has been inflating the number of participants, sometimes more than double reality.
Markets
Oct 21, 2013
Last Thursday came with word that the government was back up and running. Politics and speculations of the future aside, this was a welcomed change from the market point of view. Finally there are official numbers on cattle sales and beef prices! However, the market party can’t start just yet.


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