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Akushi beef branded as HeartBrand Beef
Akaushi Branded Beef Line Boasts Consistency, Taste 1
HeartBrand Beef is forging a consumer-driven path with the Akaushi breed of cattle. Akaushi is a revered Japanese breed of cattle, of which there’s a closely held nucleus in the U.S., that shatters most American cattle producers’ notions about Japanese cattle
cattle genetics hitting a limit
Do Beef Cattle Have A Biological Limit To Productivity? 11
Per-animal production may be approaching the limits of beef cattle’s ability, while straining the outer limits of the industry’s economic model.
FDA Ruling On Antibiotic Use Is Good For Producers 1
The FDA’s recent decision regarding the use of feed-grade antibiotics in livestock production could be a positive for cattle producers, specialists say.
consumer trust
Consumers Are Asking For More Transparency, But What Does That Mean?
Consumer trust helps maintain the social license to operate that society either grants to industries and companies — or denies them.
Export Stakes Grow
According to the USMEF, the European Commission is proposing to more than triple its spending in the international marketplace to support the export of EU ag and agri-food sector products.
cattle prices
Wholesale Beef Value Adds Spark to Fed Cattle Prices
Calves and yearlings traded near steady in a holiday-shortened week that was also disrupted by winter weather. Week-to-week, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.11 higher except for $1.40 and 65¢ higher at the back of the board.
48-hour traceback
U.S. Beef Exports Stymied By Lack Of 48-Hour Traceback
Individual cattle identification and tracking continues to elude the industry at the same time that the need for it continues to grow.
beef export prices
Beef Exports Continue Higher
U.S. beef exports continue to run ahead of last year’s record pace, according to September statistics released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation this week. The export value per head of fed slaughter in September was $249.00, up from $227.65 a year ago.
2014 cattle price outlook
2014 Should Reflect Current Market Strength 3
“Choice boxed beef prices have averaged above $200/cwt. for the last four weeks and fed cattle prices have averaged above $130/cwt. for the same period,” says Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University extension livestock marketing specialist.
calf and feeder prices
Calf and Feeder Prices Take Breather
Calves weighing more than 600 lbs. sold steady to $3/cwt. lower, pressured by the seasonally heavy mix of calves versus yearlings, beef demand pressures and the holiday week ahead.
epa proposed RFS changes
EPA Proposes Reduced Ethanol Requirement
The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to reduce the levels of renewable fuels for blending into gasoline and diesel next year. According to the proposal, "While this range represents a reduction in comparison to the statutory volumes for 2014, it nonetheless represents an increase relative to projected 2013 corn-ethanol consumption of about 12.3 billion gal…”
cattle feeding profits
Cattle Feeding Profits May Be Short-Lived
Estimated cattle feeding returns finally started turning positive in September after 29 consecutive months of losses. But, analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center say losses could resurface as early as next month because of the high prices feedlots must pay for calves and feeder cattle.
calf and feeder cattle prices
Calf And Feeder Prices Chug Ahead
Tightening supplies and increased competition from farmer-feeders fueled calf markets $1-$4/cwt. higher.
heifer retention remains cautious
Heifer Retention Remains Cautious
Judging by chatter and heifer prices at auction, more producers are at least contemplating herd expansion. But, looking at the mix of heifers on feed, Nevil Speer at Western Kentucky University says, "Producers don’t appear to be settling into the commitment associated with heifer development.” He adds that could change as marketing season continues.
corn crop could be largest recorded
Corn Crop Projected Record-Large
WASDE pegs this year’s corn crop at a record-large 14.0 billion bu., 1% more than the previous forecast. That would make the crop a staggering 30% larger than last year. The season-average corn price was lowered 30¢ at both ends of the range to $4.10-$4.90/bu.

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