Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal Science is already the largest animal science department in the U.S. with more than a thousand undergraduate students, but the department also has its sights set on becoming the top animal science department in the world. Read more

March weather is typically bi-polar with indications of spring mixed with lingering winter blasts. This year’s version included a big winter storm and heavy snow from the Colorado Rockies acro… Read more

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2021 was introduced in March by U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota and U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Jason Smith (R-MO). Both bills would allo… Read more

Last week USDA-NASS published their annual March Prospective Plantings report. The report provides initial insights on farmer’s planting intentions for the 2021 crop. There were a few bullish … Read more

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USDA-NASS released two reports last week that added more fuel to red-hot grain and oilseed markets. The information about current and future corn markets has significant implications for cattl… Read more

The last 20 months have been interesting. Who knew that the Holcomb, Kansas, beef plant fire would kick off a series of events that bring us where we are today? It’s almost like a television d… Read more

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Federally inspected weekly slaughter has fallen in the past three weeks 20,000 to 25,000 head below late February and early March levels. Cooler cleaning and plant maintenance is the primary f… Read more

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As April arrives, the current drought situation looms larger and potential impacts on cattle markets are increasing with each passing week. The latest Drought Monitor shows that 43.55 percent … Read more

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it would not implement its July 5, 2020, Federal Register Notice that would require the use of radio frequency identificatio… Read more

The consumer sentiment survey released by Michigan State University hit the highest level in 11 months. The press release cited relief measures and the U.S. vaccination program as the fundamen… Read more

January milk prices fell across the U.S., declining $1 per cwt in the National All milk blend price. This marks the lowest price in seven months. May 2020 is the next lowest price of $13.60 pe… Read more

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Today, March 24, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) issued a response to the introduction of legislation commonly referred to as “50/14,” led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in … Read more

The USDA NASS Cattle on Feed report for January was released last Friday. My assessment of the report is that it is neutral. Placements, marketings, and on-feed numbers were all well within pr… Read more

The dry conditions in the western U.S. continue to bring long-run uncertainty to cattle price prospects. Feed costs tied to grain prices have increased steadily over the past six months, large… Read more

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The CME Group recently launched a Boxed Beef Index, which reflects the prices paid for Choice and Select beef using the daily cutout values. The index determines the five-business day weighted… Read more

The latest monthly trade data were released by USDA ERS/FAS this past Friday. The data released were for January 2021 and showed total beef and veal exports by carcass weight were up slightly … Read more

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Extreme cold weather took its toll on the livestock industry the week-ending February 20, 2021. Widespread power and gas outages, along with delays in trucking took weekly livestock slaughter … Read more

Several things have been written about the 2021 cattle inventory report, which continued to show reduction in the size of the US beef cattle herd. However, the revisions made to the 2019 and 2… Read more

U.S. beef exports totaled 2,566.7 million pounds in 2020, down 2.3 percent from the previous year but still the third largest annual beef export total. The COVID-19 pandemic caused sharp disru… Read more

The number of cattle processed on Saturdays is an interesting set of data. Saturday slaughter might be thought of as a catch-up day or as a shock absorber for holiday shortened weeks. It has l… Read more