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U.S. Beef Export Value Surges Past $325/Head
U.S. beef exports continue to climb on a value basis, although higher prices wrought by tight supplies are beginning to dampen the volume of trade. On the other side of the equation, U.S. beef imports are increasing by necessity.
Fed Cattle Trade Near Steady During Seesaw Market Week
Cash calf and feeder cattle prices were pressured by hard swings in the futures market, which were magnified by negative outside markets. Cash fed cattle prices held mostly steady, though.
cme group changes cattle trade hours
CME Cattle Trade Hours Change
Starting Oct. 27, CME Group is reducing trading hours for Live Cattle futures and options, Feeder Cattle futures and options and Lean Hog futures and options.
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Low Feed Prices Drive Carcass Weights Higher 
Dressed steer weights the first three weeks of September were 25-29 lbs. heavier than the five-year average, according to analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC).
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Fundamentals Are Strong Despite Producer Wariness 1
The prospects for herd expansion for much of the rest of the decade suggest that cattle prices are likely to grind higher yet from current record levels before peaking and working lower toward the end of the decade.
Wholesale Prices Spark Fed Cattle Market 
Calf prices continued to flex contra-seasonal muscle, with calves trading $5-$10/cwt. higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Yearlings sold $3-$7 higher. Higher cash fed cattle prices and sharply higher wholesale beef prices provided support.
2014 stocker award winner
Young Cattle Company | 2014 Stocker Award Winner Describe Their Successful Stocker Operation

Rick and Jayne Young, Young Cattle Company have built a multifaceted backgrounding and stocker business in a part of the world where it was a novelty before 1995, when they moved here. The way they’ve grown supply and increased operational value serves as a learning model for others. Learn more about the 2014 National Stocker Award winner in this video interview.

The National Stocker Award is sponsored by Zoetis.

Stacking Technology In Stockers Adds Up To More Pounds
Research shows that the additional weight gain in stockers from the use of implants and ionophores is independent and additive.
Competing Meats Will Apply More Price Pressure
As beef production declines, wholesale and retail beef prices will likely increase. At the same time, looming pork and poultry expansion will make it harder for beef to compete on price.
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Feeder Cattle Futures Power Higher
Feeder Cattle futures jumped an average of $8.72 across the board, week-to-week. Cash calf and feeder cattle traded fully steady to $5/cwt.
Moser Takes Charge Of Global Beef Industry’s “Most Valuable Asset”
Dan Moser, the new president of Angus Genetics Inc., and director of performance programs for the American Angus Association, boasts a long pedigree in genetics research and education, as well as a wealth of industry involvement.
2014 Stocker Award Winner | Young Cattle Company
Rick and Jayne Young, Young Cattle Company in Belmont, Ohio, are the 2014 Stocker Award Winner. The award is sponsored by Zoetis.
stocker award winner, young cattle co
2014 National Stocker Award Winner Builds Value From The Middle 1
Building relationships on both sides of the trade are what drive Young Cattle Company’s expansion and success. Rick & Jayne Young are the 2014 BEEF Stocker Award Winner. The award is sponsored by Zoetis.
Consumer Demand Continues Evolution
A recent study conducted by the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) underscores the trend of lesser-value end meats providing increased support to the beef complex.
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Feeder Cattle Prices Continue Advance 
Yearling feeder cattle traded fully steady to $3 higher. Calves traded unevenly steady from $5 lower to $5 higher. “The biggest losses on calves were for those weighing over 500 lbs. in most cases, with gains more prevalent on lighter-weight calves under 500 lbs. in the Southeast,” say analysts with the Agricultural Marketing Service.

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