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Pete Crow, Publisher

Sep 9, 2016
Analysts say that Labor Day beef sales were good, but the Choice beef cutout fell to a new low of $189.14. Therefore packers are trying to buy cattle cheaper and subsequently cattle feeders are tr
Sep 2, 2016
Pete CrowWhat just happened? The cattle markets seem to have fallen out of bed last week. Cattle feeders were aggressive sellers and started trading fed cattle on Monday; they didn’t even put up
Aug 26, 2016
Pete CrowThis point in time during any general election cycle is frustrating. Congress is out on summer break with members all campaigning very hard, especially in the House. They will come back t
Livestock Industry Opinions
Aug 19, 2016
The nonprofit Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) produced an interesting report about the growing wildfire threat last week. They asked the question, “Did larger fires lead to larger wildfire budgets, or larger wildfire budgets lead to larger fires and greater suppression expenditures?”

Aug 12, 2016
Pete CrowFeeder cattle markets were brisk last week with Superior Livestock’s Winnemucca sale supporting higher prices and Western Video Market’s Cheyenne sale doing the same. Calf and yearlin
Aug 5, 2016
Pete CrowThe USDA is at it again, playing politics with agriculture. USDA announced last week that the U.S. would start accepting fresh/frozen beef from Brazil. USDA’s press release was somewhat mis
Jul 29, 2016
Pete CrowIt’s feeling like the market is trying to find the summer low. We did have an encouraging week last week. The Cattle on Feed report showed that only 3 percent more cattle were placed on
Jul 22, 2016
Pete CrowThe beef checkoff is under fire—again—but this time it’s from a different angle. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) floated a bill out in committee—“The Commodity Checkoff
Jul 15, 2016
The next six weeks are critical to the cattle markets, which is nothing new to most who watch the seasonal trends of these markets. The big video sales started in earnest this last week and the basis
Jul 8, 2016
I have to apologize again, but it’s too insulting to let go. Here we have the greatest nation on earth and the political class has pulled another fast one on us. It’s become blazingly clear that f
Jul 1, 2016
Pete CrowBoth the House and Senate subcommittees on natural resources have been holding a lot of hearings the past few weeks and the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM
Jun 28, 2016
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jun 24, 2016
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program. Steve Ellis, Deputy Director of Operations at

Livestock Industry Opinions
Jun 10, 2016
It’s been interesting watching the organic food movement develop over the past couple decades, especially when it comes to beef. I don’t have any concerns over the organic grass-fed beef production systems that have evolved. If ranchers are able to produce it and market it at a higher value.

Livestock Industry Opinions
Jun 3, 2016
Boarding wild horses must be a pretty good business and it looks as if it will only get better. I’ve seen many feedlots around the West with thousands of the wholesome creatures penned up and getting regular groceries. This past spring I even saw a band of burros in central Utah enjoying fresh hay.

Livestock Industry Opinions
May 20, 2016
Having another marketing option available will be exciting to watch but the big question mark is: Will the Southern Plains feeders use it? They have cited transaction costs as their main motivation for using the formula pricing system. It will be key for this new market to establish a certain amount of volume to make this thing work.

Livestock Industry Opinions
May 13, 2016
It hasn’t been much fun to sit back and watch the cattle market erode, especially after such a tremendous high last fall. Now that the markets have fallen, it appears that they are looking for the summer low; where they go, no one really knows. But, at these levels, we’re going to have to figure out how to make this thing work again.

Livestock Industry Opinions
Apr 15, 2016
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.

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