Cattle Marketing http://beefmagazine.com/taxonomy/term/6620/more en Industry At A Glance: A Year’s Look At Mexican Feeder Imports http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/industry-glance-year-s-look-mexican-feeder-imports <div class="field-byline"> By Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A tight supply of cattle is a perpetual story. And as noted several weeks ago, tight supply is exacerbated in 2014 because of an especially tight supply of cattle in the &ldquo;other heifers&rdquo; category. Meanwhile, some of the shortfall in domestic supply has been buffered by increased flow of feeders from Mexico.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/industry-glance-year-s-look-mexican-feeder-imports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/industry-glance-year-s-look-mexican-feeder-imports#comments Cattle Prices Cattle Industry Structure Cattle Marketing Industry At A Glance Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:03:00 +0000 73101 at http://beefmagazine.com Harlan Projects $276/Cow Profit In 2014 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/harlan-projects-276cow-profit-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>After another month of record cattle prices. I&rsquo;d planned on moving to another subject in my April 2014 column, but I am compelled to the observations of my mid-month price analysis. Figure 1 presents the eastern Wyoming-western Nebraska sale-barn prices for the week of Feb. 15. All steer calves weighing less than 620 lbs. brought over $200/cwt., 800-lb. feeder steers averaged $170/cwt., and 10 head of 1,053-lb. feeder steers sold for $150/cwt.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/harlan-projects-276cow-profit-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/harlan-projects-276cow-profit-2014#comments Cow-Calf Ranch Management Cattle Marketing Market Advisor Sun, 30 Mar 2014 05:04:00 +0000 72971 at http://beefmagazine.com U.S. Politicians And Beef Producers Suffer Under Mudslinging http://beefmagazine.com/beef-marketingproduct-promotion/us-politicians-and-beef-producers-suffer-under-mudslinging <div class="node-body article-body">The sad bottom line to the destructive style of campaigning that permeates U.S. elections today is that politicians end up spending millions of dollars to essentially destroy the public’s trust in them. Can you think of any other industry that spends such prodigious sums of money and effort to undermine their people and products? Well, I guess I can think of at least one – the beef industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/beef-marketingproduct-promotion/us-politicians-and-beef-producers-suffer-under-mudslinging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/beef-marketingproduct-promotion/us-politicians-and-beef-producers-suffer-under-mudslinging#comments Beef Marketing/Product Promotion Cattle Marketing Beef Advocacy Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:36:00 +0000 72911 at http://beefmagazine.com Industry At A Glance: Monthly Beef Cow Slaughter Continues To Drop http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-industry-structure/industry-glance-monthly-beef-cow-slaughter-continues-drop <div class="field-byline"> By Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Last week&rsquo;s &ldquo;Industry At A Glance&rdquo; chart focused on respective heifer inventories over time. The discussion surrounded the importance of both heifer retention and beef cow slaughter as indicators of cowherd dispersion or rebuilding. The discussion included the following observation: &ldquo;The annual inventory of beef replacement heifers has stayed relatively constant over time. That reality underscores the overwhelming contribution of beef cow slaughter (vs. a slowdown in heifer retention) when explaining the declining cow inventory.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-industry-structure/industry-glance-monthly-beef-cow-slaughter-continues-drop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-industry-structure/industry-glance-monthly-beef-cow-slaughter-continues-drop#comments Cattle Industry Structure Cattle Marketing Industry At A Glance Sun, 23 Mar 2014 04:55:00 +0000 72731 at http://beefmagazine.com What Can Growers Of Delicious Beef Learn From Growers Of Delicious Apples? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-can-growers-delicious-beef-learn-growers-delicious-apples <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&rsquo;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&rsquo;s desk), and gave it that cool crisp sound when it&rsquo;s split.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/my-view-country"> My View From The Country</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-can-growers-delicious-beef-learn-growers-delicious-apples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-can-growers-delicious-beef-learn-growers-delicious-apples#comments Cattle Marketing Beef Demand Beef Industry Products My View From The Country Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:40:00 +0000 72321 at http://beefmagazine.com There Is No Magical Cow Size That Guarantees Profitability http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-no-magical-cow-size-guarantees-profitability <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&nbsp;had several people this week dispute my statement from last week that biological efficiency doesn&rsquo;t vary among the accepted range in mature size in the industry (&ldquo;The Bearish Math On The Beef Industry Doesn&rsquo;t Add Up&rdquo;). The bottom line is that maintenance costs rise as mature size increases, but it&rsquo;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.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/my-view-country"> My View From The Country</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-no-magical-cow-size-guarantees-profitability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-no-magical-cow-size-guarantees-profitability#comments Selection Tools Beef Quality Cattle Marketing Beef Industry Products My View From The Country Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:34:00 +0000 72311 at http://beefmagazine.com How High Can Cattle Prices Continue To Go? http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/how-high-can-cattle-prices-continue-go <div class="field-byline"> By Wes Ishmael </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Watching wholesale beef prices balloon $40/cwt. (Choice) in less than a month had that busted-cinch kind of feeling. It was sudden and exciting but tempered by the dread of what might be on the other end.</p> <p align="left">Turns out, all that was waiting was a long-overdue price adjustment that lifted post-spike wholesale and cash fed cattle prices higher than anticipated.</p> <p align="left">The magical January run was the product of several disparate market components that came together at the same time.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/how-high-can-cattle-prices-continue-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/how-high-can-cattle-prices-continue-go#comments Cattle Prices Cattle Marketing Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:19:00 +0000 72171 at http://beefmagazine.com Despite Record Prices, Push The Pencil For The Best Selling Option http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-record-prices-push-pencil-best-selling-option <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-record-prices-push-pencil-best-selling-option" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-record-prices-push-pencil-best-selling-option#comments Ranch Management Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:10:00 +0000 72151 at http://beefmagazine.com Liability Risk Is Beginning To Flow Down The Beef Production Chain http://beefmagazine.com/blog/liability-risk-beginning-flow-down-beef-production-chain <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>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&rsquo;s litigious world, someone is going to be sued if a problem develops.</p> <p>Retailers, packers, and feeders tend to be much larger enterprises; thus, they&rsquo;re much more appealing targets from a trial lawyer&rsquo;s viewpoint. That doesn&rsquo;t mean, however, that cow-calf producers are immune from such legal action.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/my-view-country"> My View From The Country</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/liability-risk-beginning-flow-down-beef-production-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/liability-risk-beginning-flow-down-beef-production-chain#comments Regulation Cattle Industry Structure Cow-Calf Cattle Marketing Beef Demand My View From The Country Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:30:00 +0000 72021 at http://beefmagazine.com Outlook: $3-$5 Weekly Market Swings Are Becoming Routine http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/outlook-3-5-weekly-market-swings-are-becoming-routine <div class="field-byline"> By Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Experienced traders know to never get in the way of the market. Once a run begins, markets seemingly create a self-propelling momentum that&rsquo;s difficult to break. And taking a contrarian position on a whim can prove especially painful.</p> <p>Fed cattle prices are on a roll. For sellers, this year&rsquo;s bullish market is extremely gratifying and helps dull the pain of an extended run of negative closeouts. The ensuing sentiment has understandably resulted in renewed exuberance about the business.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/outlook-3-5-weekly-market-swings-are-becoming-routine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/cattle-prices/outlook-3-5-weekly-market-swings-are-becoming-routine#comments Cattle Prices Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:50:00 +0000 71971 at http://beefmagazine.com