Wes Ishmael

expansion predictions vary in beef industry
Projections of cow herd expansion vary in depth and breadth 1
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute projects the U.S. beef cow herd growing 1.7 million head in the next four years before trending lower again. USDA's 10-year projections call for steady growth and more cows.
calf prices march 2015
Calf and feeder prices surge ahead
Calves and feeder cattle gained more ground this week as farmer-feeders joined the fray in search of cattle for summer grass. AMS analysts note that direct sales were also very active with the full price advance on feeder cattle.
Weak El Niño arrives
El Niño—long predicted and longer anticipated by many—is officially here, according to forecasters with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC).
Cattle prices tread water
With grazing demand at its peak, calves and feeder cattle traded mostly steady to $5 on either side of steady this week, depending on location, weight, and buyer, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
High dollar and increased competition pressure beef exports
Beef export value averaged $271 per head of fed slaughter in January, $20.26 more than last year, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Grazing demand sparks calf and feeder prices
Yearlings traded firm to $5 per cwt higher and calves sold up to $10-$15 higher as producers took advantage of the first week of weather—out of several—conducive to widespread marketing.
McDonald’s announces new antibiotic policy
McDonald’s says that, within two years, it intends to source only chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.
Corn prices likely steady
Livestock producers should not expect much more adjustment to corn prices during the 2015-16 crop year, say analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center. Though acres planted to corn are expected to be less, carryover should be higher.
Winter weather continues disrupting markets
Demand for grass cattle helped yearling cattle sell firm to $5 per cwt. higher. Surging cattle futures helped cattle feeders bargain for higher fed cattle prices in late-week trade.
Breed-back on first-calf heifers starts with nutrition 1
The job of getting heifers pregnant after their first calf starts with nutrition.
How to avoid conflict & be a better listener on your ranch
You gain the most working to understand and helping others first.
Perfect cattle market storm weakens
2015 cattle prices should challenge record highs, but with more volatility and uncertainty.
Pacific Coast labor agreement positive for beef
The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement to resolve the labor dispute which has hampered the flow of U.S. exports and imports through Pacific Coast ports since last May.
Challenges converge on U.S. meats
There are challenges to U.S. meat exports, for one thing. Part of it has to do with the strongest U.S. dollar in years, making domestic products more expensive abroad, even if the inherent price remained the same.
Weather and bearish sentiment pressure calf and feeder prices
The week began with plenty of reasons for the market bears to cheer. There were more cattle placed on feed in January than expected, according to the monthly Cattle on Feed report.

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