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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

News
Apr 22, 2016
According to the saying, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the issues with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) however, that might be a blessing to the West and landowners. A trio of conservationpartnership leaders pointed out that where once the ESA could be called successful, it has since become a formula of failure.

News
Apr 15, 2016
“The first priority for reestablishing the sage-grouse has been the removal of junipers and pinyon pine trees, then reestablishing [the landscape] by coming back in and reseeding with a variety of native grasses and sagebrush for the sage-grouse, which also helps the cattle and sheep that graze on those lands with wildlife.



News
Apr 1, 2016
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.


Markets
Mar 25, 2016
What the market gives it also takes away. Last week saw all sectors of the cattle and beef markets fall. In most cases the losses from last week returned all of the gains made the week before. In the cash fed cattle market, over 22,000 head had been confirmed sold by Thursday afternoon.

News
Mar 18, 2016
“We need a common currency for conservation,” said Eric Holst, Associate Vice President of Working Lands with the Environmental Defense Fund, in speaking at the event. He said that the current lack of a consistent system of valuation of habitat conservation has caused problems.

News
Mar 14, 2016
“Rather than put a number to it, you want to sit down and ask, ‘What makes the most sense in my circumstance and my situation?’” He gave the examples of a commercial operation with a couple hundred heifers versus a small herd with only a few heifers that might be AIed or a backyard project for raising calves for the county fair.


Markets
Mar 11, 2016
As with the prior week’s market, last week’s cash fed cattle market dallied and put off relevant sale volume until Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, not even 5,000 head had sold throughout the week, posting no trade trends that could be compared to the prior week’s $132-136 live and $210-214 dressed prices.

Markets
Mar 4, 2016
The cash fed cattle market was exceptionally dead last week, with not even 2,000 head being confirmed sold by end of day Thursday. The prior week saw slow sales pushed off until Friday, with prices eventually coming out to $137- 140 live and $208-214.


Markets
Feb 26, 2016
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week, though it is unclear if that was because packers were holding out on the hope of declining prices or because they just didn’t need cattle last week. By last Thursday afternoon, not even 6,500 head had been confirmed for the whole week.


News
Jan 29, 2016
The farm and ranch real estate market in the Far West—California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada—is one of dualities. Challenges are also opportunities, and much of it centers unsurprisingly on water. In general, the market in 2015 was called good by realtors and land brokers, and the outlook looks good for 2016 for the careful buyer and seller.

Markets
Jan 8, 2016
Live cattle futures were trading fairly sideways last week after the prior week’s rally. But then Thursday trade, which opened in the U.S. following another day of the Chinese stock exchange trading locked down after mere minutes of opening, saw limit-down trade in almost all contracts on the board.

News
Jan 4, 2016
Just before Christmas, Montana Governor Steve Bullock released a decision that has been a decade and a half coming. The result is several hundred thousand acres of public land have been accepted for increased “tolerance zones” for bison migrating out of Yellowstone National Park.


Markets
Dec 27, 2015
The market year of 2015 was head-spinning in its difference from 2014. While this holds true generally across all sectors of the market, it was most poignantly felt by cattle feeders. The year 2014 was a record up year for feeder cattle prices, 2015 may well prove to be one of the worst down years for cattle feeders.


Markets
Dec 27, 2015
“Santa Claus does live,” proclaimed Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers’ Edge on Christmas Eveeve. After weeks upon weeks of downward spiraling markets on almost all fronts, last week saw a turnaround in both futures and cash markets. That Christmas market miracle may well have happened.


News
Dec 27, 2015
As the year comes to a close, there are some stories and issues that stand out more than others. The year 2015 was dominated by politicking, regulations, and courtroom battles. Endangered species fights and pushback against federal agency overreach seemed to be the order of the year and will certainly set the stage for 2016.


Markets
Dec 18, 2015
The markets continued lower last week, with the cash and futures markets of both live cattle and feeders, as well as wholesale beef, heading downward. By Thursday afternoon over 61,500 head had been confirmed sold on the negotiated market of the week. Live steers traded for $114-117, down from the prior week’s $115- 119.



News
Nov 30, 2015
In the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had granted approval for the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption, the AquAdvantage salmon. The move was a milestone in the history of genetic modification (GM) technology, and was almost two decades in the making.


News
Nov 20, 2015
“Gentlemen, how many of you would be comfortable having your testicles removed without any pain mitigation?” There were some uncomfortable chuckles and crossed legs among the mostly male audience of the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium last week in Loveland, CO.


News
Nov 13, 2015
“It’s not an acute thing with copper—in other words, they’re not going to ingest a bunch of copper and die, that’s not how it works—but copper accumulates in the liver. During a high stress situation, that copper is released or metabolized and that’s what causes copper toxicity.


News
Oct 30, 2015
In all the noise about the recent World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) report linking the consumption of red and processed meat with cancer, the details of the report and its creation have gotten lost. In many cases, the process of the report’s creation has generated as much complaint as the scientific claims it put forth.


Opinion
Oct 30, 2015
someone tries to sell you something important— be it a truck, a bull, a politician, or an idea—there’s a certain kind of behavior you expect. They will make direct statements supported by evidence. They are willing to answer your questions fully and HALLADAY.


Markets
Oct 16, 2015
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.


News
Oct 9, 2015
The air in the mountains is crisp and clean and oh so thin. When it comes to ranching at elevation, this latter detail can be a major problem. Poorly-adapted cattle can and do die of “brisket disease” when living at high elevations. But a bit of selection and management effort can sidestep a lot of the risk.


Markets
Oct 2, 2015
“Fed cattle prices continued their collapse as producers try to alleviate their backlog,” announced Andrew Gottschalk of Hedger’s Edge last week. He additionally said there was little point in rehashing the prior week’s cash fed prices as they were “clearly imprinted in everyone’s mind.


Markets
Sep 25, 2015
It was yet another week of market mayhem last week. Cash cattle, live futures, wholesale beef, cash feeders, and feeder futures… all down. The whole supply chain is correcting the issue of too many cattle that are too big producing too much meat to fit current demand.


Markets
Sep 25, 2015
Analysts are not entirely sure what to call the most recent Cattle on Feed report. Was it bullish? Bearish? Neither? The best description was likely “more-of-the-same and one surprise” and that surprise was lower than expected placements. Whether that is good or bad for the market depends on your perspective.


News
Sep 25, 2015
At a media workshop hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), members of the agricultural media were brought up to date on a host of scientific findings regarding the value of beef and protein in American diets. Four different individuals—from registered dieticians to academic researchers—presented some of.
Markets
Sep 18, 2015
Things were ugly last week. Very, very ugly. The cash cattle trade wrapped up Thursday with over 71,000 head confirmed sold for the week at $131-135 live and $212-216 dressed. For both live and dressed, they took the bottom end of the prior week’s range and made it the top of last week’s, dropping the low end down $4-5.


Markets
Sep 11, 2015
Fall is just around the corner and there’s still some 2015 left to go, but it’s never too early to dust off the economic crystal balls. Considering the way the market has behaved this and last year, cow/ calf producers and cattle feeders need to consider what 2016 has in store for feeder cattle.


Markets
Sep 11, 2015
The cash fed trade was reluctant to stir last week, but by last Thursday it had been coerced to complete something like a third of the week’s total trade if past weeks are any indication. About 14,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week, most of them on Thursday, at $139-142 live and $218-222 dressed.


News
Sep 11, 2015
At the recent annual meeting of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R- CALF) in Denver, Mike Calicrate of Ranch Foods Direct and Calicrate Banders described his mobile slaughter unit to the crowd. Along with being an efficient use of resources, he described it as an opportunity for ranchers to break away from larger fixed-facility processing plants and really find out what value the market places on beef.


Markets
Sep 4, 2015
The cash fed cattle market was mostly completed by Thursday last week with almost 46,000 head confirmed sold. Live cattle were trading for $140-142 live with averages trending in the low end of the range and dressed cattle were a solid $222 dressed. This was $4-7 lower live and down $11-12 for dressed compared to the prior week’s sales.


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).


News
Jul 24, 2015
During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference, held July 15-18 in Denver, CO, the ESA was a matter of considerable concern. The matter of reforming the ESA—or rather, “modernizing” it—was a focal point of the Property Rights and Environmental Management/Federal Lands Policy Committee.


News
Jul 24, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency is waging a watery war on two fronts over its Waters of the U.S. rule. While over half the states in the nation and industry groups are suing the agency saying the rule goes too far, environmental groups are suing the agency claiming it doesn’t go far enough.


Markets
Jul 17, 2015
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was a boon to corn farmers and likely left a bitter taste in the mouths of cattle and beef ranchers concerned with the trade situation; corn stocks are down, meaning prices are up, and the U.S.


News
Jul 2, 2015
(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.


News
Jul 2, 2015
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.


Markets
Jun 12, 2015
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.


News
Jun 5, 2015
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.


Markets
May 29, 2015
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.


Markets
May 22, 2015
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?.


News
May 22, 2015
The University of Idaho announced recently that it will not graze sheep this summer on the Centennial Mountains, citing an ongoing unresolved lawsuit with environmental litigation groups. This keeps sheep off the range at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station’s (USS- ES’) high-elevation allotments for the second year in a row.


News
May 8, 2015
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF- WS), together with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, released their final rule amending some definitions related to incidental take of endangered and threatened species.
News
Apr 24, 2015
Two recently-introduced bills that have walked the halls of Congress before and were put down are back. On the afternoon of April 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1105, an effort to repeal the commonly called “Death Tax.” The bill now goes onto the Senate where it faces an unlikely future.


News
Apr 24, 2015
There are fewer cows going to slaughter and more meat in the bank, so to speak. Monthly USDA reports released last week are a glimpse at the changing scenery of the current market; fewer, heavier animals are going to slaughter and increasingly more of them are steers than females, and the strong...


News
Apr 20, 2015
“What you would do with this is you’d put the crowd gate on the first notch, step through the mangate, and step on that little platform right at the center pivot point and then take a flag and make the cattle come right on around you,” Grandin said, noting that the crowd gate doesn’t need to be pushed tight.


News
Apr 13, 2015
As has been covered here and in many other publications, the water situation is getting dire in parts of the West following the drought. In California, the record drought conditions have prompted the governor to implement the first-ever water restrictions across the state, and everywhere efforts to reduce and conserve water are being.


Markets
Apr 6, 2015
Conversations about demand often devolve into arguments about proverbial apples and oranges. This happens on the topics of beef demand and cattle demand quite frequently. One party is talking about bad (beef) demand while the other party scratches their head, thinking about the record high prices they just got for their calves.
Markets
Mar 13, 2015
“Sharply higher beef prices in North America coupled with a very strong U.S. dollar have significantly distorted relative prices in the U.S. and Canada. High beef prices in the U.S. have limited U.S. beef exports to Canada and as a result Canadian consumers have had to rely more on domestic production to fill needs.
Markets
Mar 13, 2015
“Sharply higher beef prices in North America coupled with a very strong U.S. dollar have significantly distorted relative prices in the U.S. and Canada. High beef prices in the U.S. have limited U.S. beef exports to Canada and as a result Canadian consumers have had to rely more on domestic production to fill needs.
Markets
Mar 9, 2015
According to data by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in 2014 the U.S. imported 2.95 billion pounds (lbs.) of beef and veal. This compares to 2.57 billion lbs. exported in the same year, making a trade deficit of 380 million lbs. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report projects trade this year will be 2.


Markets
Mar 9, 2015
Cash fed trade was very slow to develop last week as packers tried to play chicken with the rollercoaster futures and cutout prices. They tried to hold out for steady to lower prices—compared to the prior week’s $157-160 live and $252-254 dressed trade—and even by Thursday afternoon there was little indication of where prices would go.
Markets
Mar 9, 2015
According to data by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in 2014 the U.S. imported 2.95 billion pounds (lbs.) of beef and veal. This compares to 2.57 billion lbs. exported in the same year, making a trade deficit of 380 million lbs. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report projects trade this year will be 2.
Markets
Mar 9, 2015
Cash fed trade was very slow to develop last week as packers tried to play chicken with the rollercoaster futures and cutout prices. They tried to hold out for steady to lower prices—compared to the prior week’s $157-160 live and $252-254 dressed trade—and even by Thursday afternoon there was little indication of where prices would go.
Markets
Mar 3, 2015
At 490.94 million pounds of beef in cold storage as of Jan. 31, beef stocks are up 14 percent compared to the prior year. Though boneless beef makes up roughly 90 percent of all the beef in freezers, both the volume of boneless beef and beef cuts rose 14 percent.
Markets
Mar 3, 2015
At 490.94 million pounds of beef in cold storage as of Jan. 31, beef stocks are up 14 percent compared to the prior year. Though boneless beef makes up roughly 90 percent of all the beef in freezers, both the volume of boneless beef and beef cuts rose 14 percent.
News
Mar 3, 2015
“There has been and continued to be an unexplainable desire by dieticians and other ‘health’ professionals to associate or link dietary components, particularly animal food products, with human disease,” wrote Dr.
News
Mar 3, 2015
While the public relations world does battle with consumer perception regarding beta agonists, scientists do what scientists do…namely, figure out how things work. In this case, they have been trying to figure out how to make beta agonists work better.
News
Mar 3, 2015
“There has been and continued to be an unexplainable desire by dieticians and other ‘health’ professionals to associate or link dietary components, particularly animal food products, with human disease,” wrote Dr.
News
Mar 3, 2015
While the public relations world does battle with consumer perception regarding beta agonists, scientists do what scientists do…namely, figure out how things work. In this case, they have been trying to figure out how to make beta agonists work better.
News
Feb 20, 2015
If yes, how do you manage your manure? Do you spread it on your fields? How often do you test it for nutrient levels? How often do you test the soil? How do you store your manure? Does your storage allow it to leak? What are the nitrogen levels in your soil below the root zone? What about in the ground water? How do you know? Can you prove it?.
News
Feb 20, 2015
If yes, how do you manage your manure? Do you spread it on your fields? How often do you test it for nutrient levels? How often do you test the soil? How do you store your manure? Does your storage allow it to leak? What are the nitrogen levels in your soil below the root zone? What about in the ground water? How do you know? Can you prove it?.
Markets
Feb 16, 2015
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed the effect of market drivers prompting expansion of protein supplies coupled with a strong currency that discourages export. The combination means there will be a lot more meat in 2015 that must be absorbed by the domestic market.
Markets
Feb 16, 2015
Only scant volumes of cash fed cattle had sold by Thursday afternoon last week. Prices were mostly $160 for live and $256 dressed, which was steady with the prior week. Analysts had predicted earlier on in the week steady trade would be the likely situation barring future implosions.
Markets
Feb 16, 2015
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed the effect of market drivers prompting expansion of protein supplies coupled with a strong currency that discourages export. The combination means there will be a lot more meat in 2015 that must be absorbed by the domestic market.
Markets
Feb 16, 2015
Only scant volumes of cash fed cattle had sold by Thursday afternoon last week. Prices were mostly $160 for live and $256 dressed, which was steady with the prior week. Analysts had predicted earlier on in the week steady trade would be the likely situation barring future implosions.
News
Feb 6, 2015
At the end of January, six environmental and citizens groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to answer a 2011 petition. The petition enjoined the EPA to rule ammonia a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and establish air standards relative to ammonia “to protect public health and welfare.
News
Feb 6, 2015
At the end of January, six environmental and citizens groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to answer a 2011 petition. The petition enjoined the EPA to rule ammonia a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and establish air standards relative to ammonia “to protect public health and welfare.
Markets
Jan 26, 2015
In the domestic market, overall trends in beef demand have been surprisingly strong. Americans are forking over record amounts of cash for their favorite protein compared to year-over-year retail prices. According to the most recent National Beef Retail report, the overall price increase for four highly popular retail beef cuts amounts to a 17.


Markets
Jan 26, 2015
Cash fed trade got underway surprisingly early last week with over 5,000 head being confirmed sold on Tuesday. By Thursday afternoon, over 43,000 head had been confirmed sold via negotiated trade at prices of $157-160 live, and $256-257 dressed. This continues the downward momentum from the prior week, being down $3-6 live and $3-9 lower for dressed.
Markets
Jan 26, 2015
In the domestic market, overall trends in beef demand have been surprisingly strong. Americans are forking over record amounts of cash for their favorite protein compared to year-over-year retail prices. According to the most recent National Beef Retail report, the overall price increase for four highly popular retail beef cuts amounts to a 17.
Markets
Jan 26, 2015
Cash fed trade got underway surprisingly early last week with over 5,000 head being confirmed sold on Tuesday. By Thursday afternoon, over 43,000 head had been confirmed sold via negotiated trade at prices of $157-160 live, and $256-257 dressed. This continues the downward momentum from the prior week, being down $3-6 live and $3-9 lower for dressed.
Markets
Jan 19, 2015
The rally in the cash fed market was very short-lived. After seeing large volumes trade at up $4.00-4.50 live during the week starting Jan. 5, last week gave back those gains and then some. By Thursday afternoon, 44,575 cattle had been confirmed sold on negotiated trade at live prices of $162-165 and $260-265 dressed, down $5-15 from the prior week.
Markets
Jan 19, 2015
The rally in the cash fed market was very short-lived. After seeing large volumes trade at up $4.00-4.50 live during the week starting Jan. 5, last week gave back those gains and then some. By Thursday afternoon, 44,575 cattle had been confirmed sold on negotiated trade at live prices of $162-165 and $260-265 dressed, down $5-15 from the prior week.
News
Jan 16, 2015
In recent weeks, the topic of antibiotic resistance has been in the public consciousness. On the one hand, a pair of reports was released in the UK on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looking at the costs of AMR and efforts to forestall it. And on the other hand, a potentially massive breakthrough was discovered in the U.
News
Jan 16, 2015
“We’re talking about growing the world population by 75-80 million people a year,” he said, citing averages derived from the projection of 9 billion people in 2050. “Who’s going to feed them? Whose role is it to feed those people? Is that an opportunity for U.
News
Jan 16, 2015
In recent weeks, the topic of antibiotic resistance has been in the public consciousness. On the one hand, a pair of reports was released in the UK on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looking at the costs of AMR and efforts to forestall it. And on the other hand, a potentially massive breakthrough was discovered in the U.
News
Jan 16, 2015
“We’re talking about growing the world population by 75-80 million people a year,” he said, citing averages derived from the projection of 9 billion people in 2050. “Who’s going to feed them? Whose role is it to feed those people? Is that an opportunity for U.
Markets
Jan 12, 2015
The Southwest has had its share of hard times in recent years, but in terms of ranchland and ag real estate, it has been flying high. The greatest challenge in that market is also its biggest opportunity; there are willing buyers, but scant inventory. That equates to a seller’s market.
Markets
Jan 12, 2015
The Southwest has had its share of hard times in recent years, but in terms of ranchland and ag real estate, it has been flying high. The greatest challenge in that market is also its biggest opportunity; there are willing buyers, but scant inventory. That equates to a seller’s market.
News
Jan 12, 2015
It was off to the races at breakneck speed in the New Year’s first full week of market activity last week. Cash fed cattle traded early in the week at much higher money. By Thursday afternoon, over 97,000 head had been confirmed sold at $168-172 live and $270-275 (mostly $270-272) dressed.
News
Jan 12, 2015
It was off to the races at breakneck speed in the New Year’s first full week of market activity last week. Cash fed cattle traded early in the week at much higher money. By Thursday afternoon, over 97,000 head had been confirmed sold at $168-172 live and $270-275 (mostly $270-272) dressed.
Markets
Jan 2, 2015
“So far this week we’ve seen some light fed cattle sales in Nebraska and Iowa at $163 live and $260-262 dressed,” reported Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. “Not enough volume to establish a market but suffice it to say it likely points to a higher cattle trade when all is said and done this week.
Markets
Dec 29, 2014
As the year-end holiday season continues, the markets are calm. The most recent Cattle on Feed report showed a continuation of the ongoing build-up of cattle in feedlots. Cattle on feed numbers were up, placements were down slightly, and marketings were down considerably again.


Markets
Dec 29, 2014
Due to the holiday-shortened week last week and the subsequent lack of activity in the markets, there is not as much to report this week. But, in keeping with the theme of looking back on the year that’s about to fade into history, there were some distinct highlights in this year’s market that deserve reflection.


Markets
Dec 29, 2014
The most recent Cold Storage report came out last week showing red meat supplies in all freezers down fairly significantly year-over-year. Red meat in cold storage as of Nov. 30 stood at 919.08 million pounds, down 10 percent from the same time last year.
News
Dec 29, 2014
California state Senator Jerry Hill (D-13) submitted SB 27 to the state’s senate last month. Among other things, the bill would require a veterinary prescription for any use of “medically important” antibiotics in food animals. It would prohibit the use of such antibiotics for the sole purpose of weight gain or improved feed efficiency.
News
Dec 22, 2014
On the ninth day (before) Christmas, a lot of people in the West got some early gifts when the president signed what might be one of the most bipartisan supported—and bipartisan opposed—bills of the 113th Congress. Of course, that also means a lot of people got the legislative equivalent of a whopping chunk of coal early too.
Markets
Dec 1, 2014
One of the bi-products of the industry’s ongoing argument over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is added scrutiny of the U.S.’ beef imports. The lines are fairly clearly drawn in the pro and con camps, but as it has been said, “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Markets
Nov 28, 2014
Across all warehouses as of Oct. 31, beef in cold storage amounted to 374.87 million pounds (mp), down 15 percent from the same time last year. Beef additionally represented less of red meat and total meat in cold storage at 39.8 percent and 18.8 percent respectively, down from 42.
News
Nov 14, 2014
You may have heard about the benefits of probiotics in health food stores or from your doctor. But the microorganisms that colonize the human gut aren’t the only ones that need some love. Cattle and their colonies of gut microbes also benefit from special attention.
News
Nov 7, 2014
This is the final week to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) re-definition. Assuming the deadline isn’t extended again, comments are due Friday, Nov.
News
Nov 3, 2014
When an environmental group gives a talk about the destruction of an ecosystem, the usual narrative paints figurative horns on grazing livestock. It is less common—and more than a little refreshing—when grazing livestock and ranchers instead get the proverbial halo of the potential hero.
Markets
Oct 27, 2014
The industry seems to be running a manic two-part market game. On the one hand, strength in the cash fed and feeder markets was striking last week, as were gains in both futures markets, yet at the same time there was continued information on declining and disappointing beef movement.
Markets
Oct 24, 2014
A recent report from Rabobank suggests the future of beef abroad will be Brazil. However, the country—already the world’s second largest beef producer and largest exporter—is not nearly as efficient as its fellow beef competitors. The answer will be American-style feedlots, fueled by the growing Brazilian grain industry.
Markets
Oct 20, 2014
Most things were up in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released in the afternoon on Oct. 10. For beef, the increased production estimated hinged mostly on increased carcass weights, but corn and soybean yield estimates were finally catching up with what analysts have been saying for months.
News
Oct 20, 2014
Today was supposed to be the last day comments would be submitted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Water of the U.S. (WO- TUS) rule. But, as before, the comment period has been extended. Comments can now be submitted through to Nov.
Markets
Oct 13, 2014
The second week of October looked an awful lot like the first week in terms of the cattle markets. Cash was slow to start with expectations putting it at higher money, futures continued upwards, feeders sold for more money, and the beef complex gained some ground while still leaving packers in the red.
News
Oct 13, 2014
Back in the days of the old West, the Pony Express saw fleet-footed horses and their daring riders charging west through hostile territory to get mail through to its destinations. Now the ponies are pointed east and aimed to charge into hostile territory to deliver a petition to the government.
Markets
Sep 22, 2014
Cash fed trade was slow to develop last week as packers were trying to mitigate recently very red margins and everyone was collectively holding their breath for the Friday release of the Cattle on Feed report. Even by Thursday, bids were limited to $155-156 live in the Southern Plains and $242-244 dressed in the Corn Belt.
News
Sep 22, 2014
Overall, the report found the rate of fatal workplace injuries declined, but “cattle ranching and farming,” which includes both dairy and beef operations, represented over a third of all agricultural (crop and animal production) occupational fatalities, and the massive majority of all fatalities within the animal production category.
Markets
Sep 15, 2014
The cash fed trade last week was slow, but this was not surprising. Analysts expected packers to hold off buying cattle until the release of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WAS- DE) on Thursday, and that seemed to work out for them, though not because of WASDE.
News
Sep 15, 2014
Three bills sit on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. They were passed by the state’s assembly and await the governor’s signature. With three strokes of a pen, Gov. Brown could drastically reshape the water landscape of the parched Golden State, overturning over 100 years of water law tradition.
Markets
Sep 8, 2014
Very light trade developed Wednesday at $158-160 live in Minnesota and $250 dressed in Nebraska and Iowa, but at levels too low to set the week’s trend. Still, the early trade at $3-5 higher live and $5-8 higher dressed caught the market’s attention. Live futures closed strong on Wednesday and followed suit on Thursday.
Markets
Aug 25, 2014
As with the prior week, cash fed trade developed earlier than usual last week. A trickle of trade began Tuesday with Wednesday seeing the majority of trend-setting prices. Trade on Thursday was in clean-up mode as almost 70,000 head were confirmed sold week-to-date.
News
Aug 22, 2014
U.S. farmers and ranchers finally got a farm bill in 2014 after waiting years for an update on the 2008 version. The bill was passed with little fanfare—or booing—outside of the agricultural community, but there have been a steady stream of implementation dates and milestones since it was signed by the president.
News
Aug 22, 2014
PETA’s most recent video, taken at a small North Carolina dairy, shows Holstein cows walking through hockdeep liquid manure. The voiceover claims the cows are emaciated and forced to live in the squalid conditions, a detail that caught the attention of dairy farmer and active ag blogger, Carrie Mess, better known online as “Dairy Carrie.
Markets
Aug 18, 2014
The cash fed trade developed earlier last week than usual, though the prices left a lot to be desired from the cattle feeders’ perspective. Tuesday saw a surprising number of cattle trade in the Corn Belt at $154-155 live and $245-248 dressed. This was lower than the prior week’s cash trade, which was itself lower than the week before that.
Markets
Aug 11, 2014
Cash fed cattle trade took its own time in happening last week. By close of the markets on Thursday, 18,288 head had been confirmed sold over the course of the week—not exactly sluggish, but not overly speedy either. The bulk of that volume traded Thursday at $159-162 live and $253-255 dressed, steady to down $4 in both areas.
News
Aug 11, 2014
As a brief background, several Wyoming ranchers filed a trespass suit against WWP’s Wyoming Director Jonathan Ratner and 10 unnamed WWP interns/employees back in mid-June. The ranchers are the plaintiffs in the case, being represented in part by Karen Budd-Falen, Public Lands Attorney with Budd-Falen Law Offices based in Cheyenne, WY.
News
Aug 8, 2014
“The biggest effect of heat stress is reduced reproduction,” he said of the range cow. “When body temperature is elevated, which happens when a cow or a bull can’t regulate its body temperature, that can damage the egg in the ovary, it can reduce symptoms of estrus, and it can it kill the really early embryo.
Markets
Aug 4, 2014
Two key cattle reports were released at the end of July: the biannual Cattle Inventory report and the monthly Cattle on Feed report. The reports were called bullish with both the Inventory report showing continued tightening of the cattle herd and the Cattle on Feed report showing decreased populations, placements, and marketing activity.
News
Aug 4, 2014
The famous list of unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” almost read “Life, Liberty and Property” based on the philosophical roots of the country. But that political and legal heritage is being drawn into question as the Western Watersheds Project has upped the ante in an ongoing trespass lawsuit.
News
Aug 1, 2014
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.
News
Jul 25, 2014
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.
News
Jul 21, 2014
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.
News
Jul 3, 2014
At the end of June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a final notice of interpretation regarding the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The interpretation is the result of a process that began back in 2011, and in its own words, it will be the final ruling on the matter and “legally binding.
Markets
Jun 30, 2014
Asking prices started the week slightly elevated from the prior week’s sales of $148-150 live and $234-238 dressed. However, after a strong rally—again—in the futures markets, asking prices jumped up a few more dollars. By Thursday morning, cattle feeders were asking $153-154 live and $240-242 dressed.
News
Jun 30, 2014
The IR details 56 specific permitting-exempt activities. The more overtly ranching-oriented exemptions on the list include: • Brush management; • Prescribed burning; • Fencing; • Firebreak; • Forage harvest management; • Prescribed grazing; • Grazing land mechanical treatment; and • Range planting.
Markets
Jun 27, 2014
The most recent Cold Storage report was released last week. It showed that stores of beef in all warehouses across the country are down considerably from the same time last year. As of May 31, there were 378.9 million pounds of beef in cold storage, representing 38.
Markets
Jun 27, 2014
Cattle on feed in feedlots of 1,000 head or greater capacity as of June 1 stood at 10.59 million, down 1.7 percent compared to June 1 of last year. As has been the case for the past several months, all of the major cattle-feeding states, save Nebraska, saw declines in their on-feed populations.
News
Jun 27, 2014
Sage-grouse and desert lizards aren’t the only creatures on the brink of listing that have inspired landowners to roll up their sleeves. In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of listing a small frog has locals putting their heads together to preserve private land rights and help the amphibian.
Opinion
Jun 27, 2014
Earlier this month, I attended the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) as the lone media representative. It was an experience of a lifetime! Meeting young (or young at heart) producers from around the country and hearing about the pressing issues in their states was eyeopening, and simply meeting so many new people was a treat.
News
Jun 20, 2014
During last week alone, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD)—just one of several groups that frequently employ the “sue and settle” tactic—announced six lawsuits and one legal petition against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.
Markets
Jun 16, 2014
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released last Wednesday. Though much of the grain-trading world was awaiting its release, the Crop Progress report had more interesting data than did WASDE. Projections of meat and poultry production show the effect of decreased supplies in beef, however.
Markets
Jun 16, 2014
Relative to the action in the feeder markets, describing the cash fed trade of last week as in low gear would be generous. That said, trade—once it happened—was decent. By Thursday afternoon, 18,083 head of cattle had been confirmed sold, almost all of them on Thursday, at $148 live in the Southern Plains and $233-235 dressed in the Corn Belt.
News
Jun 13, 2014
It’s the thick of primary season in the political sphere, and with it comes the march of animal rights groups pushing for or against issues that might show up on states’ ballots. While there are only three confirmed ballot measures regarding agricultural interests, some of the usual suspects are starting to stir.
Markets
May 26, 2014
Last week was the final week retail buyers could fill grocery store coolers with beef ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. That longawaited beef procurement finally came in the 11th hour, bringing up several portions of the cattle and beef market complex.
News
May 26, 2014
On May 15, a settlement between Feld Entertainment—parent company of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus—and a collection of animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), was announced. However, some of the claims made by HSUS’ announcement of the settlement raise questions.
Markets
May 19, 2014
Last week’s release of the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was the first of the year to include predictions of the 2015 production rates. The upcoming year is expected to be one of decreasing beef production, but increased production of pork, chicken, corn and soybeans.
News
May 16, 2014
included a three-elk lethal control option for landowners via permit between May 1-May 15, a time considered high risk for the spread of brucellosis from elk to cattle. The plan also includes a limited and in some places temporary fencing detail aimed at keeping elk out of private cattle pastures.
News
May 12, 2014
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced it will make $4.5 million available this year to assist agricultural producers seeking to make water conservation efforts. This is the first year’s allocation of $11 million, which will be made available for that purpose over the next five years.
Markets
May 9, 2014
Walmart executives used the event to talk about how to “rewire the system” in ways that would have a significant impact on improving the environment. That entailed touting various collaborative efforts to improve efficiency and reduce waste throughout the supply chain for Walmart stores.
Markets
May 5, 2014
Cash trade was slow to develop again last week, but when a little trade happened on Thursday, the numbers were a surprise. With a little over 7,000 head sold by Thursday afternoon, prices were steady to up $5 compared to the prior week with steers selling live at $148-150.
News
May 5, 2014
All of the bills are tiny by usual governmental standards and overlap in content. Both H.R. 4315 and H.R. 4317 seek to amend the ESA to require the government to disclose information regarding listing decisions. H.R. 4315 would require that all information used in listing decisions be made public on the Internet, while H.
Markets
May 2, 2014
The futures markets reacted favorably to what was a decidedly bullish surprise from the most recent Cattle on Feed report. Following the report’s release, feeder futures and live futures to a lesser extent surged on word that there will be fewer cattle than expected in the coming months.
Markets
Apr 28, 2014
“Packers are trying to lay in the weeds and say they have enough inventory around them and that domestic beef business has yet to pick up seasonally,” reported Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. “This may be true to a certain extent but they do have first of May beef orders to fill and export orders have been robust lately.
News
Apr 28, 2014
Friday, April 18, saw the signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (Agreement) by Klamath tribal leaders, local politicians, and representatives from the agricultural interests. This moves the historic decision on a years-long water war to the next level: Congress.
Markets
Apr 21, 2014
The cash fed trade developed in a slow trickle throughout the week last week. By Thursday afternoon, over 59,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week at a weighted average of $146.79 live and $233.33 dressed. That was decidedly lower compared to the prior week’s $147-148 live and $240-241 dressed prices.
Markets
Apr 7, 2014
The cash fed cattle trade decided to play an opposite day prank for the week of April Fools. Compared to the prior week, where the bulk of a very large weekly cash fed trade took place early in the week for surprisingly higher money, last week was sluggish, inactive, and what few trades did occur prior to publishing were depressed.
News
Apr 7, 2014
Though the voluminous work covered a myriad of literally global topics, its impact on agriculture was a frequent theme. And unsurprisingly, one environmental group’s response to the report was entertainingly agriculturallythemed—cherry-picking—though they seemed to be reaching for fruit that wasn’t there.
Markets
Apr 4, 2014
Every year, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects surveys from a large number of American farmers and ranchers asking what they plan to plant. This information is collected into the Prospective Plantings report, and the information is invaluable to the markets and subsequent reports.
Markets
Mar 31, 2014
It is such an alien thing to report these days, but cash fed cattle trade was wrapping up Wednesday last week, with the prices paid surprising even bullish analysts. Live cattle went for $150-154, with most volume in the $152-154 area—up $4 in the Southern Plains and steady to up $1 in the Corn Belt—and $242-245 dressed.
News
Mar 31, 2014
Tuesday of last week saw the joint release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed rule defining the “waters of the U.S.” The rule will be up for public comment for 90 days once it is published in the Federal Register sometime this or next week.
News
Mar 28, 2014
The topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a sure thing for a media frenzy. The American public just can’t agree and argues viciously over the topic with passion usually reserved for religious conviction. But forget the GMOs themselves, what people think about them has been in the spotlight lately.
News
Mar 14, 2014
Things slowed down in the cash fed cattle markets last week. By Thursday afternoon, barely 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though the volumes were too low to name it the price for the week, the steers that sold graded 80 percent Choice or greater and went for $148 live.
News
Mar 14, 2014
According to the Rolling Stones’ popular song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.” That wisdom permeates the most recent agreement on the Klamath Basin water war, which may prove to be the final word in this decadeslong conflict.
News
Mar 14, 2014
Beef production estimates rose in the most recent WASDE compared to prior estimates, up almost 200 million pounds (mp) for a total of 24.62 billion pounds (bp). This came as a result of the higher-thanexpected placement trend seen so far this quarter compared to the first quarter in 2013.
Markets
Mar 10, 2014
“Effective with the August 2015 delivery month, the amendments will allow heifers to be deliverable against the Live Cattle Futures contract but be subject to additional eligibility requirements,” noted the CME announcement of the decision. The additional restrictions are as follows:.
News
Mar 7, 2014
In Shakespeare’s famous play of star-crossed lovers, titular Juliet argues that a thing’s name isn’t important, but rather what a thing is at heart. Despite her heartfelt—and often quoted—assertion that names are irrelevant regarding roses’ sweetness and Romeo’s lovability, the modern day food world disagrees.
Markets
Mar 3, 2014
And up we go (again)! Packers took the steer by the proverbial horns last week in the cash markets. They were apparently undaunted by their $100-perhead losses as they bid up the price of cash cattle to $150-152 live and $240-242 dressed mid-week.
News
Mar 3, 2014
When it comes to calves and their immune systems, most ranchers know there’s a ticking clock counting down the prospects of that calf’s future. They have to get a lot of good colostrum in them as fast as possible or else they are left poorly defended. That causes problems down the line in the form of sickly, poorly-performing or even dead calves.
News
Feb 14, 2014
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced two important data-keeping moves. On the one hand, the Prospective Plantings report is on the horizon and needs producer participation, and on the other hand, it has announced that some of the previously sequesterended agricultural reports will be reinstated.
Markets
Feb 10, 2014
Cash priced continue to settle lower, making the second week this year where the cash fed cattle market did not set a new high record. Compared to the prior week which saw live prices at $144-146 and dressed prices at $230-232, the meager number of sales which had been recorded by last Thursday had declined to $139-141 live and $225 dressed.
Markets
Feb 3, 2014
It’s been a hard year for the West in terms of drought, and the far western states especially. While much of the western U.S. has seen a lessening of drought incidence and intensity, states like California and Nevada are bearing the brunt of the western drought with swaths of red taking up residence in their territories.
Markets
Jan 31, 2014
“It sounds and feels like the hysteria of ‘get me some beef bought, I don’t care the cost’ and ‘go get some cattle lined up for next week’s kill, just pay them what they want’ that we have seen the last six weeks has subsided for at least the near term,” reported Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage last Thursday.
Markets
Jan 27, 2014
The cash fed cattle trade continued its upward momentum with a vengeance last week as Wednesday saw over 20,000 head sell on that day alone, and at prices $5-6 higher live and $11-13 higher dressed than the prior week’s cash prices. Which, at $141-144 live and $126-129 dressed, were nothing to sneeze at to be sure.
News
Jan 27, 2014
In a recent talk held during the 108th National Western Stock Show, attorney Karen Budd-Falen— of the Budd-Falen Law Offices of Cheyenne, WY, and a name seen frequently in land-rights legal battles—regaled an audience of cattle producers with the state of the country and citizens’ access to justice.
News
Jan 10, 2014
In what is likely a long list of firsts for the year 2014, the derisive moniker of “aggag” has been applied to a proposed Indiana law by animal rights groups. The law in question focuses mostly on trespass and trains, but does include an interesting detail that could even give the agricultural world pause.
Markets
Jan 4, 2014
Cash fed trade last week was riding the strong price tailwind from the prior week. On Friday, Dec. 27, cash cattle prices increased sharply with cattle selling $3-4 higher for live at $133-136 and $3-6 higher with $210-215—mostly $212-214—for dressed.
News
Dec 13, 2013
Thursday, Dec. 5 saw the auctioning of the long-beleaguered Aberdeen, SD, Northern Beef Packers plant. Two groups participated in the auction—Wisconsin-based American Foods Group and California-based investment banking firm White Oak Global Advisors—and it was not the food-related participant that claimed the prize.
Markets
Dec 9, 2013
Trade was slow to develop last week ahead and then during the sudden, intense cold weather that gripped most of cattle country. Light purchasing trickled in throughout the week, but by Thursday afternoon the bulk of the week’s trade took place at $132 live and $208-210 dressed, roughly steady with the prior week.
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.
News
Oct 21, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a pair of bills that are historic in their own way. One bill provides for increased urban farming and tax incentives to landowners who help the movement grow, and the other has been called a de facto ban on hunting in the entire state.
Markets
Oct 11, 2013
The continued government shutdown has lent more speculation to the cash markets. Asking prices, bids, and the fact it was another week of Friday trade were all easy to track. But expectations of where that Friday trade would eventually come in was all over the map, from “up” to “down” to “steady” predictions.
News
Oct 11, 2013
There were some big surprises on a gorgeous Colorado fall day. Not only was Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), on a beef ranch for the first time, he also voiced support for animal agriculture. There was, of course, a catch.