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Pete Crow, Publisher

Opinion
Jan 17, 2014
After months of reduced feedlot placements, the decline in fed cattle production and beef supplies is finally coming home to roost. Live cattle prices reached a new all-time high last week with the bulk of fed steers trading at $140 to $141, and some cleanup trade as high as $145 live.
Opinion
Jan 10, 2014
There’s that word again— “sustainability”—and now McDonald’s is using it. I think I know how most ranchers define sustainability— the ability to make a profit from one year to the next. And if you look around, there are lots of ranches in this country with long productive histories.
Opinion
Jan 4, 2014
It’s going to be an interesting year for the beef import/ export business. USDA has forecasted that beef production will be down somewhere around 6 percent to 7 percent this year and that our beef exports will be down 6 percent. Beef production for 2013 finished out at.
Opinion
Dec 27, 2013
The year 2013 will be one to remember for cow/calf producers. We had a recovering drought and calf prices had a record long rally starting in May and reached new highs right on to the end of the year. Who would have ever thought that 450-pound steer calves would bring over $1,000 a CROW.
Opinion
Dec 20, 2013
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a creature was stirring, as it was too cold to stand. The hay wagon was loaded all ready for the chore, In hopes that the hired man would be there before..
Opinion
Dec 13, 2013
Every industry has its activists, both pro and con. Last week, while watching the evening news, an ad about American farmers popped up. The ad was very well done and told consumers essentially who feeds them and the importance of respecting the farming community for doing such a good CROW.
Opinion
Dec 6, 2013
A couple weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to reduce mandated biofuel, mostly ethanol production, by 1.4 billion gallons, to a 2014 mandated production of 13 billion gallons. This move is creating a mixed bag of reactions across agriculture.
Opinion
Dec 3, 2013
There is certainly a lot less pressure on feed stuffs this winter. With the EPA proposing to lower the volume of ethanol production last week, there should be even less pressure on the huge corn crop that was just produced, and harvest is mostly complete.
Opinion
Nov 22, 2013
For some reason, major media and agriculture don’t seem to communicate very well. I think it’s because we don’t try very hard. We as an industry, and I mean all the trade associations, don’t work at cultivating relationships with major media, like Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times.
Opinion
Nov 15, 2013
It’s hard to think about investing in the beef industry’s future when cattle and beef values are already so high. As a whole, we need to breed more heifers and produce more products. Then we need to sell more of the high priced product. My concern is that beef prices will move higher and we will shun many consumers from eating beef.
Opinion
Nov 8, 2013
Beef and cattle markets were trying to find some direction last week after live cattle ran up to the $134 level and the Choice beef cutout ran above $205 for a short period of time. Last Thursday packers were trying to offer $129 and feeders were asking $133 to $134.
Opinion
Oct 25, 2013
This cattle market over the past few weeks has put some much needed black ink in cattle feeder’s hands. And what do they do? Go and drive the feeder cattle markets even higher. Feeder cattle markets took a little bit of a breather this last week, but who could blame it after a very long extended rally starting in May.
Opinion
Oct 18, 2013
I don’t know how you all feel about this partial government shutdown deal. It’s over for now, but will be back in play this next January, so it isn’t really over in my book. It just means more of not knowing what this administration plans to do.
Opinion
Oct 4, 2013
ObamaCare is to blame for this entire mess. Ironically, as a small businessman, I still don’t know what to expect with ObamaCare and I’ve tried to learn as much as I can over the past couple years.
Opinion
Sep 20, 2013
Last week we experienced major moisture events in much of the country. Here in Colorado we received a years’ worth of rain and hail in roughly four days. Larimer County in central Colorado received up to 18 inches of rain in a few short days and many parts of the state received three to six inches of rain.
Opinion
Sep 13, 2013
After re-racking the COOL rule in the wake of a WTO complaint from Mexico and Canada, the USDA was forced into a do-over on the rule. Mexico and Canada and the entire meat industry weren’t very happy with the rule that USDA came up with which mandates a new label that will require born, raised and slaughtered information.
Opinion
Sep 6, 2013
Higher, higher and higher is the mantra of the feeder cattle market, which has been on a rally of extraordinary strength. It’s just amazing that this market has been on a three month roll and nothing is holding it back.
Opinion
Aug 30, 2013
It’s been quite a summer for calves and feeder cattle. The market took off in June and hasn’t looked back. Ever smaller supplies of feeding cattle have forced cattle feeders to dig deep into their pockets if they want to keep their yards operating efficiently.
Opinion
Aug 16, 2013
Live cattle markets finally moved off the six-week average of $119 last week when Tyson foods announced that they would not be buyers of cattle fed the beta-agonist Zilmax. The announcement came on Aug. 7 during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) midyear conference in Denver.
Opinion
Aug 9, 2013
All of a sudden, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come to their senses about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate and finally realized that cellulosic ethanol won’t be a big contributor to the ethanol mix for a while.


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