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Apr 24, 2012

What is Beef Demand Doing?

If you judge beef demand by wholesale values, you likely turned a little queasy in March, thinking about those extra replacement heifers prowling the....More
Mar 28, 2012

Managing For Margin More Important Today Than Ever

“Most of my life I made a living trying to figure out which way the markets would move and to what degree; and I was pretty successful at it,” John....More
Feb 28, 2012

Economic Signals Are In Place For Restocking To Begin

“The economic signals are in place for restocking to begin this year,” says Randy Blach, CattleFax CEO. “All we need now is a....More
Feb 13, 2012

Beef Exports Shatter Records

Beef exports finished the year at 1.287 million metric tons (mt) valued at $5.42 billion. This broke the 2003 volume record of 1.274 million mt and....More
Feb 13, 2012

Expansion Signals Grow

Though cow-calf producers are not yet in expansion mode, generally speaking, Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University agricultural economist, says the....More
Feb 13, 2012

More Cattle on Feed and Reduced Slaughter are Losing Proposition

“Feedlot-bound cattle seem to be nearing a price ceiling as the fed-cattle market has stalled out and packers have cut kills to limit their immediate....More
Feb 13, 2012

Positive Auction Trade Gives Way to Bearish Friday

Stocker cattle and calves, as well as feeder-weight cattle, continued pushing the market higher last week....More
Jan 26, 2012

Crossbreeding Is Becoming Cool Again

While manicuring the individual trees of cattle performance traits, the cow-calf industry apparently missed the proverbial forest. At least it....More
Jan 01, 2012

Reproduction Is A Key To Improving Ranch Profitability

“In today’s changing and volatile input markets, it is critical that, as individual producers and as an industry, we examine the economic efficiency....More
Dec 01, 2011

Beef Exports Up 26%, A 39% Increase In Value

“There’s one way for our country to get out of this economic recession. We have to export our way to prosperity. Do you think China became an....More
Nov 01, 2011

Even With High Prices, Be Sure To Weigh The Return

Depending on which side of the biscuit you butter, these are fixing to be halcyon days in the cow-calf business. At least they are judging by the....More
Oct 01, 2011

The Stocker Cattle Business Is A Margin Business

“A pet peeve of mine is that those of us in the cattle business are responsible for driving young men and women out of this business,” says Pete....More
Aug 23, 2011

Value Of Gain Is Record High

If there was ever a time to be in the stocker business, this may be it, at least when it comes to value of gain. "Heavy-feeder prices increased to....More
Aug 01, 2011

Highest Return Cattle Producers Hold Down Costs

Assuming that Mother Nature allows the luxury of options, deciding whether to sell sooner or later heading into the fall marketing season is shaping....More
Jun 24, 2011

Preconditioning Still Pays

Since the value of gain continues to increase with calf prices, preconditioning can still pay for the same reasons it always has....More
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