Wes Ishmael

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.
Great Plains leads cow herd expansion
“The Great Plains followed the national trend of downsizing over the 1996-2010 period, yet its relative role as home to beef cows and heifers being retained was growing prior to the drought and remains higher than 2010," says Glynn Tonsor.
Red ink flows for cattle feeders
High calf and feeder prices, in tandem with softer fed cattle prices, are driving cattle feeding breakevens toward deeper losses. The Livestock Marketing Information Center estimates cattle feeding losses (basis the Southern Plains) at $200 per steer in January and February.
Grass prospects lift cash calf and feeder prices
“The cattle market is trying to sort out strength of beef demand and how consumers will respond to pricey beef products as more chicken and pork become available,” says Penton market analyst John Otte.
Port slowdown challenging exports
The impasse in labor negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and longshoremen unions continues to disrupt the flow of U.S. exports off all kinds from ports along the Pacific coast.
Robust beef expansion could be tenuous
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist, points out 72% of the beef cow herd expansion documented by USDA is in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. These states are rebuilding from drought even as parts of them remain mired in drought.
Calf & feeder prices continue to crawl ahead
Demand for grass cattle and concerns about waiting too long to acquire them helped calves and feeder cattle bring steady money to $5 higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Nation’s top bull sellers are seeding beef’s future
Opportunities and risks for commercial cow-calf producers and the seedstock producers who serve them are record-large.
Demand revolves around beef quality, too
Maintaining beef quality as carcasses grow heavier, supplies shrink and prices increase is key to preserving and building beef demand.
Calf market ratchets higher 
Tight supplies pushed calves as much as $10-$15/cwt. higher as softer wholesale beef values took the steam out of the fed cattle market.
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