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  • Mar 26, 2014
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    Meat Market Update | March 22

    "The beef daily choice cutout for Friday, March 21, was $240.16, which was 28¢ lower than the previous Friday," says Ed Czerwien, USDA. "The weekly total for the daily spot volume was 622 loads, and was about 9% of the total sales for the week."...More
  • Mar 21, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014

    Cattle and beef markets started showing possible signs of wear this week, but continued to command historically high prices. Calf and stocker cattle sold steady to $5 higher overall. Near the major grazing regions, though, 6-weight grass cattle traded fully $6-$8 higher....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
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    Meat Market Update | March 15

    "The beef Daily Choice Cutout for Friday, March 14, ws $240.44, which was $4.42 higher than the previous Friday. The weekly total for the daily spot volume was 561 loads and was about 8% of the total sales for the week," says Ed Czerwien, UDSA....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Mar 14, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Mar. 15, 2014

    Stocker cattle and calves traded $2-$6/cwt. higher this week, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The full advance was noted in the Southeast as summer grazers try to get stockers assembled and straightened out before turn-out dates arrive....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    What Can Growers Of Delicious Beef Learn From Growers Of Delicious Apples? 3

    I’ll never forget the illustration that Jim Gosey, formerly the University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist, once presented at a meeting long ago. Gosey talked about the apple industry and related how the Delicious variety of apple once dominated that industry in market share. Its growers were committed to maintaining that position and thus listened to what the consumer wanted. They developed the perfect color and shape (perfect for sitting on the teacher’s desk), and gave it that cool crisp sound when it’s split....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    There Is No Magical Cow Size That Guarantees Profitability 12

    I had several people this week dispute my statement from last week that biological efficiency doesn’t vary among the accepted range in mature size in the industry (“The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn’t Add Up”). The bottom line is that maintenance costs rise as mature size increases, but it’s not a 1:1 relationship. In fact, the general rule of thumb is that maintenance costs are calculated by taking mature size to the .7 power....More
  • Mar 12, 2014
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    Meat Market Update | March 8

    Ed Czerwien, USDA Market News reporter in Amarillo, TX, provides us with the latest outlook on boxed beef prices and the weekly cattle trade. The Daily Choice Cutout or Friday, March 7 was $236.02, which was $10.69 higher than the previous Friday. The weekly totaly for the dairy spot volume was 584 loads; about 9% of the total sales for the week....More
  • Mar 9, 2014
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    Despite Record Prices, Push The Pencil For The Best Selling Option

    Current corn prices are lowering cost of gain, and current marketing buy/sell margins are putting upward pressure on breakeven cost of gain. Be sure to use a sharp pencil in making your post-weaning marketing plans for your 2013 calves....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Mar 7, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014

    Feeder and stocker cattle sold steady to $4 higher this week, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. It was a comparatively light test, though, as winter weather curtailed receipts across much of the primary trade areas. Get the latest cattle market report each week on the BEEF magazine website....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    Liability Risk Is Beginning To Flow Down The Beef Production Chain 7

    The whole topic of liability is a frustrating one for cow-calf producers. After all, a cow-calf producer has no way of controlling what happens to the product once it leaves the ranch. However, in today’s litigious world, someone is going to be sued if a problem develops. Retailers, packers, and feeders tend to be much larger enterprises; thus, they’re much more appealing targets from a trial lawyer’s viewpoint. That doesn’t mean, however, that cow-calf producers are immune from such legal action....More
  • Mar 5, 2014
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    Meat Market Update | March 1

    Ed Czerwien, USDA Market News reporter in Amarillo, TX, provides us with the latest outlook on boxed beef prices and the weekly cattle trade....More
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