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Pete Crow, Publisher

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.
Opinion
Aug 2, 2013
Fed cattle markets have been pretty dull this past July. The cash price for fed cattle was $119 every week of the month. Futures markets have also been dull, with the August contract staying in a $3 trading range for the month. We know that July is typically the hardest month on the fed CROW.
Opinion
Jul 26, 2013
The December corn contract broke below $5 last week, which seemed like a major support level. Some of the latest corn reports are suggesting we’ll have a good pollination season despite the late planting, and there appears to be confidence that we’ll have a record-setting corn crop this year.
Opinion
Jul 19, 2013
The House of Representatives may have put the cart ahead of the horse on their recent farm bill project. Last week, the House narrowly passed a farm bill that excluded any food assistance programs. Separating the two pieces of legislation is a good idea in my CROW.
Opinion
Jul 12, 2013
It looks like the gloves are off in this industry battle for a bad Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law. Last week, eight U.S. and Canadian meat and livestock industry groups filed suit against USDA for injunctive relief regarding COOL.
Opinion
Jul 5, 2013
I get the feeling that Canada and Mexico decided not to wait around for WTO tariffs and may be starting to sidetrack some U.S. beef markets. Logistically, it wouldn’t make sense for Canada to bring in beef from Mexico in any kind of volume to intentionally damage U.
Opinion
Jun 21, 2013
One thing I learned is that animal agriculture activists come in all shapes and sizes and can camouflage themselves very well. You might be visiting with a guy who has all the right credentials and shares some of the same opinions, but he just might turn out to be the wolf in boots and a cowboy hat.
Opinion
Jun 14, 2013
It sounds like it ought to be a simple matter, to label meat products with their country of origin, but when you take it to the level of where it was born, where it was raised and where it was slaughtered, things get a bit more cumbersome and expensive for processors and distributors.
Opinion
Jun 7, 2013
This farm bill will cost nearly a trillion dollars over 10 years, according to the Office of Management and Budget, and will save somewhere between 24 billion over the 10-year span. I honestly don’t understand how Congress got into this 10-year budget idea.
Opinion
May 31, 2013
Market fundamentals are starting to look pretty good right now although a few things look a little out of line. The beef industry finally got the cutout over $2 on May 2 and it has remained there with the top coming in just before Labor Day at $211.67. The last.
Opinion
May 24, 2013
First I have to say that states that have seat belt laws have them for good reason. The Montana Highway Patrol said that they would have had a good chance of making it if they were wearing their seat belts. The Highway Patrol also told us that there have been seven accidents on that same curve in the last two weeks.
Opinion
May 10, 2013
Wholesale beef prices finally moved over the $200 mark and have remained there for the past five days. Last Thursday, Choice beef was $3.00 higher at $204.67 in the afternoon report. Trade volume has been light as everyone tries to adjust to this new price point.
Opinion
May 3, 2013
Corn is back in the news and it looks like the livestock industry has re-armed and is going after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again over the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, proposed legislation a few weeks ago that would reform the law.
Opinion
Apr 26, 2013
Boxed beef started to move higher last week and beef markets were turning more active for middle meats. Let’s hope that folks feel an overwhelming need to fire up the grills after several weeks of pent up demand from the delay of grilling season. Lateseason snows have hammered Plains states the past few weeks.
Opinion
Apr 19, 2013
have to wonder how US- DA will finally deal with Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL). I took a good look at the comments filed at USDA’s filing website, and if USDA looks at them closely, from a number of points of view, the beef industry will have a problem and CROW.
Opinion
Apr 5, 2013
The corn report sent corn prices into a tail spin, losing nearly $1 in the three days that followed Thursday, March 28. Conversely, feeder cattle were up the limit, $3, that Thursday and have been quite strong since, which suggests that the low for feeder cattle may have arrived.
Opinion
Mar 29, 2013
When you buy your bulls to breed the cows, you have tons of data that you can utilize to pick the right bull for your needs, and the list of selection traits is getting longer and more accurate. Add in the new DNA gene marker data and you have even more information to pick just the right bull.
Opinion
Mar 22, 2013
Cattle feeders are finding a little relief these days with feeder cattle prices much lower than a year ago. All classes of feeder cattle are down nearly $20/ cwt., which should give cattle feeders a chance to earn back some of their equity that has been lost over the past year.


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