Wes Ishmael

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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Expansion Indicators Continue
The jury is still out on how quickly producers are expanding the U.S. cowherd, but various indicators suggest expansion is underway.
cattle market outlook december 2014
Cattle Supplies Remain Tight 
Patterns of feedlot placements and slower fed cattle marketing contributed to the first year-over-year increase in feedlot inventory (Nov. 1) in more than two years, but cattle supplies remain historically snug.
calf markets
Cash And Futures Markets Vie For The Lead
Calves and yearling feeder cattle sold steady to $5/cwt. higher during the short Thanksgiving week. Although trade remained light, cash fed cattle sales also sold in record territory as wholesale beef values inched ahead.
fed cattle feedlot availability
Feedlot Placements Down 1% 
Cattle on feed Nov. 1 was about even with last year, but still about 6% less than the five-year average. Placements in October were 1% less and marketings were 8% less.

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