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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

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.