USDA ERS released the estimates for beef trade during the month of May on July 6th. The export data show a sharp increase as compared to the pandemic-disrupted levels from a year ago. Read more

There are several ways to manage price risk when marketing cattle. Some producers spread out sale dates, while others use forward contracts. Some prefer the use of futures and options, and sti… Read more

U.S. Premium Beef (USPB) has been selected as the 2021 Don L. Good Impact Award recipient. The award, presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, is named in honor of Good, who is a … Read more

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Last week our colleague David Anderson at Texas A&M wrote an article that provided an update on cow slaughter and cull cow markets. You can read his article here. This week, I thought I wo… Read more

Cattle trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada is part of the increasingly integrated North American beef and cattle market. Cattle exports and imports among the three countries consists mos… Read more

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U.S. beef and pork export values shattered previous records in May, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were up 68% (133,44… Read more

USDA announced it will conduct a top-to-bottom review of the "Product of the USA" (POTUSA) label, which will inform a forthcoming rulemaking on the topic. This is a priority for NCBA, who rece… Read more

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President Joe Biden signed a new Executive Order on Friday that could have broad impacts on agriculture and corporate business, covering competition in various industries. While the Executive … Read more

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The estimated weekly slaughter total last week was 623,000 head, a significant reduction from the prior week, thanks, in part, to the three-day weekend. Recent weekday daily steer/heifer slaug… Read more

Cow slaughter continues to run ahead of a year ago, led by beef cows. Even with larger slaughter, prices are ahead of last year. Over the last three months, beef cow slaughter totaled 818,000 … Read more

The recent increase in corn prices may be a benefit to grain farmers in Iowa but it has increased the cost of all feeds, feedlot cost of gain and negatively affected closeout profitability. Th… Read more

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Wholesale beef prices typically increase in the spring, led by middle meat demand. Spring restaurant demand reflects several holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day … Read more

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USDA released the June Cattle on Feed report on Friday June 25th. This monthly report estimates feedlot inventory in feedlots with one-time capacity over 1,000 head as of June 1st. Total feedl… Read more

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Fed Cattle on feed inventories for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.7 million head on June 1, 2021, up only 0.2% over 2020, but almost 3% above the previous 5-year avera… Read more

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The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report showed a June 1 feedlot inventory of 11.699 million head, almost unchanged year over year from 11.671 million head in 2020; and fractionally lower than th… Read more

At the end of my breakfast bar is a catch-all basket. It holds random things like coupons, a few stray recipes, sale barn cards and a calculator. For the last 30 days in Texas, we’ve been ship… Read more

Ready or not, summer heat has arrived. Cattle have had little opportunity to become acclimated to summer conditions this year, so helping cattle cope is critical. The combination of hot temper… Read more

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USDA will release their annual Acreage report on June 30th. This report will include an update of how many crop acres are planted this year. These reports can have a big impact on futures mark… Read more

What a difference a year makes. Dairy products of cheese, butter, dry whey and nonfat dry milk are cycling through different price patterns than were seen during the pandemic. Cheese prices ha… Read more

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On June 11, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced USDA will propose three new regulations pertaining to the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA), one of which would substantively cha… Read more

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Beef imports were up 1.5 percent year over year in April but are down 7.0 percent for the January to April period compared to last year. Year to date beef imports are down 4.0 percent compared… Read more

Direct beef purchases from the farm continue to be an emerging trend as consumers want to know both the story and faces behind the products they are purchasing, according to an expert. Read more

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USDA ERS released the estimates for beef trade during the month of May on July 6th. The export data show a sharp increase as compared to the pandemic-disrupted levels from a year ago. Read more

Mineral nutrition is complex, with different macro minerals (required as percentage of diet) and micro minerals (required in ppm of diet) that are of concern. Our forages also do not stay the … Read more