Wes Ishmael

When cash was king of the beef market
Understanding challenges to price discovery — and possible solutions — means recognizing why most sellers prefer alternative marketing methods.
Late-gestation trace mineral supplementation shows promise 1
Strategically supplementing trace minerals to your cows during late gestation provides many benefits, not the least of which is a healthier, faster-gaining calf.
USDA expects more corn in 2016
Producers intend to plant 93.6 million acres for corn this year, according to USDA's Prospective Plantings report. That would be 6% more acres planted to corn than last year.
Volatility demands decisive action
Do you have a marketing plan that includes price risk management? Remember, it needs to include the total cost of production.
Price range widens with new-crop calves
Wide swings in cattle futures prices and the continued decline in wholesale beef values dragged on calf and feeder prices this week.
FAPRI projects cow-calf profit to continue
With farm income below peak levels and interest rates forecast to increase, there will be continued pressure on farm finances and farm real estate values.
Increased feedlot placements and marketings will continue
An extra day in February this year contributed to higher year to year feedlot placements. Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University also points out placements last year were 5% less than the 5-year average.
Calf and feeder prices lose some steam
Bearish futures markets following the monthly Cattle on Feed report helped pressure cash cattle prices this week. Calves traded mostly steady to $5 per cwt lower, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
Consumers showing price fatigue
Seasonal trends are lifting wholesale beef values higher, but there are signs that consumers are growing weary of high prices.
Calf and stocker prices continue higher
Grazing demand continued to boost calf and feeder prices last week: firm to $5 per cwt higher for calves and stocker-weight cattle and $2-$5 higher for yearlings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Beef cow numbers up 3% for United States-Canada 1
Combined, the beef cow inventory in the United States and Canada at the beginning of the year was 34.2 million head. That’s 3.1% more year to year and 3.6% more compared to 2014.
Beef export volume rebounds
U.S. beef exports were 3% higher in volume this January compared to a year earlier. Although plenty of challenges remain, the U.S. Meat Export Federation continues to see opportunity to grow the international market.
Cattle market stability continues
Calves and stocker-weight cattle traded mostly steady to firm with instances of $5 per cwt higher this week, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
USDA 10-year projection sees 10% more beef cows
By 2025, USDA projects the U.S. beef cow herd will be 33.2 million head. The inventory of beef cows at the start of this year was 30.3 million head.
Increasing normalcy returning to cattle markets
Value of gain and improving feedlot margins are among the indicators suggesting markets are returning to more normal conditions, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University.

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