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Cull Cow Prices Continue Higher
"If herd expansion plans move forward on adequate or better forage conditions, cull cow prices will likely stay above $90/cwt. for the remainder of the year and average in the mid $90s or higher,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University.
Exports Continue To Support U.S. Cattle And Beef Prices
U.S. beef exports accounted for 13% of total beef production in January, and 10% of muscle cuts alone. The export value per head of fed slaughter was $219.73, up $14.79 from last year.
Grass Plans—Tight Supply Lifts Calf Prices Higher
“Many backgrounders are facing the realization that they are going to run out of money before their pastures are filled, with stocker cattle prices roughly 25% higher than last year,” AMS analysts say. “Cattle growers may be afforded a rare opportunity to lease pastures in the major grazing areas (like the Flint Hills of Kansas) as grazers start to scale back the number of head they turn out, either due to a lack of capital or a lack of nerve.”
Winter Weather Increases Beef Prices And Volatility
Reduced beef production and marketing disruptions are helping underpin beef prices while creating more price volatility.
Calf-Feeder Prices Higher Amid Light Receipts
Feeder and stocker cattle sold steady to $4 higher while Feeder Cattle futures received mid-week pressure.
Cattle Producers Fail To Sway National Beef
Added concessions weren’t enough for National Beef to overcome dwindling cattle numbers and will move ahead with the closure of its packing pant at Brawley, CA.
More Expansion Perspective
“Some cow-calf operations will see 2014 as the golden opportunity to get out with record-high cow prices,” says Chris Hurt, Extension agricultural economist at Purdue University. “But the greater tendency will be for producers to hold on to the cows for the profitable opportunities that are expected over the next three or more years.”
Tight Supplies Keep Pushing Cattle And Beef Prices Higher
“Live-cattle futures have jumped 10.2% so far this year, a gain that is leading to higher wholesale beef prices and is widely expected to result in record U.S. consumer prices for steaks, ground beef and other products this year,” says John Otte, Penton market analyst.
Wholesale Prices Stabilize
Although end meats drove the January spike in wholesale beef prices, miss meat values remained fairly steady.
USDA Estimates 16% More Beef Cows in 10 Years
Although 4.7 million more beef cows in the next decade could solve some infrastructure challenges, USDA's 10-year projection seems overly optimistic.
Tight Supplies Drive Calf and Feeder Prices Onward
Although January feedlot placements were higher than anticipated, calf buyers will likely remain aggressive competing for snugger supplies of grass cattle.
B-PIKE Program Offers Vet Students Real-World Experience In Feedlot & Stocker Cattle
The Beef Production Immersive Knowledge Experience offers highly motivated veterinary students a birds-eye view of serving feedlots and stocker producers.
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Why Client Success Is The Best Way To Grow Your Beef Veterinarian Business 1
Understanding his clients’ business more completely and helping them manage those businesses beyond traditional animal health made sense to Dr. John Groves. He says he was also blessed with having producers in his practice area way smarter than him.
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Beef Veterinarians Work To Improve Trich Regulations, Testing
Veterinarians are working to harmonize trichomoniasis regulations between states, but rules can only do so much.
Industry Competitiveness Requires Structural Shift 2
Producing cattle for a single end point is costing beef competitiveness.

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