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Veterinarians Must Play Key Role In Expanding America's Cowherd
Veterinarians are integral to the beef industry’s necessary expansion.
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New Stocker Index Prices Stocker Calves More Precisely
The BeefBasis Stocker Index is new price discovery tool that offers buyers and sellers a more precise look at what calves are worth in their locale at any given time.
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Want More Money For Your Calves? Study Says Weaning & Preconditioning Pays
A recent analysis of Superior Livestock Auction data says reducing calf health risk for buyers offers the most opportunity to add value.
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Feeder Cattle Prices Keep Expanding Into New Territory 1
Calf and feeder prices continue to defy the most optimistic expectations through the first week of June.
Is Two-Tiered Beef Production The Answer For Today’s Consumer? 2
Beef is losing the race with competitive proteins and overlooking consumers’ growing appetite for ground beef. What is the solution? BEEF explores a fulfilling the demand of the ground beef nation.
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Scenario Planning Helps Vets Successfully Operate In The Unknown Future
Scenario planning helps beef veterinarians know what their practice needs to look like in order to be successful in a range of alternative futures.
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Beef Veterinarians Must Partner With Clients To Ensure Operation Success
Helping beef vet clients find and exploit added value is all about understanding their unique operations and the industry, especially the basics.
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U.S. Beef Industry Needs A Two-Market Domestic Strategy 3
The preferences and buying habits of U.S. beef consumers have changed significantly since the 1970s.
Meat Supply Supports Cattle And Beef Prices
Beef in cold storage March 31 was 21% less than the previous year. Pork was 11% less and total poultry supplies were 10% less.
Calf Prices Continue Steady 1
Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report should offer some overall support to the market heading into next week. March placements were 4.7% less than the previous year compared to analyst estimates ahead of the report for an increase of 1.7%
Feedlots Gain Profit Ground … For Now
Heading into summer, analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center say cattle feeding profits will be challenged by seasonal declines in fed cattle prices and the pricy breakevens purchased with record-high calf and feeder cattle prices.
Market Dynamics Will Follow Early-Season Moisture
“Looming prospects for poor forage conditions could result in counter-seasonal increases in cow culling in coming weeks, much as happened last year in the first half of the year," says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University. "Another 2-4 weeks of delay will limit summer grazing demand and may force some producers to move defensively to ensure forage demands can be met.” 
Cattle Demand Softens But So Does Supply
“Ten days ago, packers were short bought and now they're not,” John Otte, Penton market analyst, explained Friday. “That means they don’t need to chase supplies. That's letting cash fed cattle prices drift lower, which pressures fed cattle futures.”
Corn Prices Find Apparent Floor
The estimated acreage for corn to be planted this year was about 1 million acres less than pre-report estimates. Some analysts believe the USDA figure is too light and that there could be more downside price risk to corn.
Late, Dry Spring Threatens Expansion
Current weather outlooks expect drought to persist into the summer from southwest Kansas to areas south and west. “An El Niño is forecast to develop this summer or fall, which will likely bring some relief to much of this region but perhaps not soon enough to avoid additional liquidation in the first half of 2014,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specilist at Oklahoma State University.

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