Wes Ishmael

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Scenario Planning Helps Vets Successfully Operate In The Unknown Future
Scenario planning helps beef veterinarians know what their practice needs to look like in order to be successful in a range of alternative futures.
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Beef Veterinarians Must Partner With Clients To Ensure Operation Success
Helping beef vet clients find and exploit added value is all about understanding their unique operations and the industry, especially the basics.
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U.S. Beef Industry Needs A Two-Market Domestic Strategy 3
The preferences and buying habits of U.S. beef consumers have changed significantly since the 1970s.
Meat Supply Supports Cattle And Beef Prices
Beef in cold storage March 31 was 21% less than the previous year. Pork was 11% less and total poultry supplies were 10% less.
Calf Prices Continue Steady 1
Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report should offer some overall support to the market heading into next week. March placements were 4.7% less than the previous year compared to analyst estimates ahead of the report for an increase of 1.7%
Feedlots Gain Profit Ground … For Now
Heading into summer, analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center say cattle feeding profits will be challenged by seasonal declines in fed cattle prices and the pricy breakevens purchased with record-high calf and feeder cattle prices.
Market Dynamics Will Follow Early-Season Moisture
“Looming prospects for poor forage conditions could result in counter-seasonal increases in cow culling in coming weeks, much as happened last year in the first half of the year," says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University. "Another 2-4 weeks of delay will limit summer grazing demand and may force some producers to move defensively to ensure forage demands can be met.” 
Cattle Demand Softens But So Does Supply
“Ten days ago, packers were short bought and now they're not,” John Otte, Penton market analyst, explained Friday. “That means they don’t need to chase supplies. That's letting cash fed cattle prices drift lower, which pressures fed cattle futures.”
Corn Prices Find Apparent Floor
The estimated acreage for corn to be planted this year was about 1 million acres less than pre-report estimates. Some analysts believe the USDA figure is too light and that there could be more downside price risk to corn.
Late, Dry Spring Threatens Expansion
Current weather outlooks expect drought to persist into the summer from southwest Kansas to areas south and west. “An El Niño is forecast to develop this summer or fall, which will likely bring some relief to much of this region but perhaps not soon enough to avoid additional liquidation in the first half of 2014,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specilist at Oklahoma State University.
Calf Prices Meet Resistance
Tumbling wholesale beef values pressured cattle markets this week. On the one hand, declining wholesale beef values point to tougher sledding with consumers, especially as more volume enters the market. On the other hand, spot Live Cattle futures continue to offer cash support to fed cattle.
Hope for COOL Injunction Lives On 10
The move for the court to vacate its own decision is unusual, observers say. All 11 judges who sit on the appeals court will now review the case, with oral arguments set for May 19.
Corn Prices Gain on Plantings Report
At trend line yields, planting intentions for corn would still yield the second largest U.S. corn crop in history.
Battle For Grass Calves Stretches Prices Further
Although demand for calves and feeders should soften as orders are filled, AMS analysts note, “Many market watchers feel there is still some fuel left in these rockets with available supplies of feeders seasonally tightening and ample on-farm feed storage.”
Pork Production Remains Murky
“In the U.S., we see the outbreak of PEDv causing a significant shortfall in the availability of market hogs in 2014 – to the tune of 12.5 million hogs or 11% of annual slaughter,” says William Sawyer, a Rabobank analyst.

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