Wes Ishmael

U.S. Beef Exports Record-Strong Last Year
The export value per head of fed slaughter in the U.S. was also record-high in 2013 at $244.96/head, up $28.23 from 2012.
calf prices strengthen
Calf Prices Strengthen With Dwindling Supply
After moderating briefly during weather-related market disruptions the past couple of weeks, calf prices took another step forward at auction this week. Steers weighing less than 800 lbs. and heifers weighing less than 700 lbs. traded firm to $5/cwt. higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Friday.
Cattle Numbers Must Increase To Maintain Infrastructure 3
Unless the beef cow herd begins to expand, more infrastructure will exit the business, leading to few cows yet and so on.
tight supplies will keep cattle prices high
Tight Supplies Will Keep Prices High
“After years of tightening supplies, the cow-calf sector will again remain in the driver’s seat during 2014,” said Kevin Good, CattleFax senior market analyst, at this week’s annual CattleFax Outlook seminar.
Calf And Feeder Prices Follow Beef Lower
Calf and feeder cattle prices showi signs of weakness as cash fed cattle prices and wholesale beef prices soften. “The amount of grass and the timing of the grass availability this spring will be a major factor in calf prices from March through May," says Andrew P. Griffith, University of Tennessee agricultural economist.
NCBA Opposes Farm Bill
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association joined other mainstream livestock organizations in opposing the Agricultural Act of 2014 — the farm bill that came out of a bilateral conference committee, passed in the House last week and goes to the Senate for a likely vote next week— retains anti-competition provisions that NCBA and other groups were against.
National Beef Will Shutter Brawley Plant In April
National Beef Company (National Beef) announced Friday that it will shutter its Brawley, CA, beef processing facility.
cattle inventory report summary
Beef Cows Down 1% — Replacements Up 2%
The national beef cowherd (29.0 million head) is 1% smaller than last year, according to the January 1 Cattle report issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Friday.
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.

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