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    Nov 15, 2012
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    The Debate Over Operational Paradigms Continues 9

    The commodity system used to let low-cost producers get away with producing a low-quality product. Meanwhile, the value-based marketing revolution allowed producers to get away with not being concerned with costs of production. Those days are gone....More
  • September Cattle On Feed Placements Are Down
    Oct 26, 2012
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    September Cattle Placement Number Confirms Trend

    Cattle numbers are tightening and will continue to decrease as a result of drought conditions that made 2012 another liquidation year. The industry will need to increase heifer retention to maintain numbers, but expanding the cowherd will require a substantial increase in the number of heifers being kept back out of the feeder mix....More
  • Smart Cow Culling Pays
    Oct 24, 2012
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    CHAPS Data Shows Benefits Of Smart Culling

    This year's widespread drought on top of last year’s moisture sucker in the Southern Plains has left everything short - from corn to hay to the supply of cattle. Yet, true to their nature, folks in the cattle business can always figure out a different way to skin the proverbial cat....More
  • Oct 24, 2012
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    The Economics Of Various Drought Strategies

    The 2012 summer drought hit much of cow country. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension economist, summed up the situation in late August this way: “The percent of pastures and range rated as poor to very poor is 59% for the entire country, with higher percentages for the Great Plains (77%), Corn Belt (69%), and Southern Plains (66%), along with the Western region at 54%.”...More
  • Oct 4, 2012
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    Marketing Predictions Will Take Some Time

    Whether via DNA selection, process and genetic verification, other means of information exchange or other technologies, the industry is becoming more adept at being able to describe and document value in cattle. And that will accelerate the shift away from commodity marketing of cattle....More
  • Oct 2, 2012
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    USMEF Shares Its Beef Export Outlook

    Beef exports play a pivotal role in the pricing mechanisms that ultimately put money in cattlemen's pockets. The U.S. regained its status as world’s largest beef exporter last year, and the future looks bright with the promise of more growth as a result of further liberalization of markets in Japan and Taiwan to U.S. beef....More
  • Sep 21, 2012
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    2012 Beef Calf Prices Should Be Equal To 2011

    By now, drought has forced some ranchers to sell some cows and/or wean early; others have already priced their 2012 calves. We all have one thing in common – we’re all trying to figure out this cattle market. That said, here is my current analysis on marketing 2012 calves....More
  • Sep 7, 2012
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    Industry Groups Head Back To The Courts

    An R-CALF lawsuit against the World Trade Organization isn't expected to be as involved or expensive as its failed Canadian dumping action lawsuit, and any victory largely would be symbolic. With hundreds of billions of dollars in trade at stake, the U.S. isn't about to withdraw from the WTO. Nor would there be an iota of political support to do so....More

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