Wes Ishmael

beef demand and beef quality
Beef quality is the best hedge to a declining market
Higher quality grading beef is more resilient to substitution by other meats as prices increase, according to recent research.
cow prices facing pressure
Cow prices face increasing pressure
Cow prices have held despite increasing boneless cold storage stocks from increased supplies of imported processing beef and hold-over stocks from earlier West Coast shipping issues.
Volatility and uncertainty squeeze cattle prices
Cattle markets darted sharply in both directions this week, on mostly the same information, as traders tried to determine how much room is left, if any, for prices to grow.
where will the cow herd expand?
Beef herd likely to grow most in the Southern Plains 1
Reports imply total cow herd growth of nearly 9.5% in the next few years. Time and market conditions will, however, determine exactly what the size potential is for the industry.
Corn planting intentions stronger than anticipated
The USDA Prospective Plantings report calls for more acres planted to corn than many expected, the 89.2 million acres would be the fewest since 2010.
Seasonal demand pulls cattle prices higher
Cattle prices were higher across most of of the cattle and beef market. Calves and feeder cattle traded mostly $2-$5 per cwt higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Pyrethrins safe for use in breeding bulls
The latest research affirms that pyrethrins and pyrethroids are safe and effective to use with breeding bulls.
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.

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