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  • what if drought continues in cattle country
    Mar 25, 2013

    What If The Drought Continues In 2013? 2

    What if the drought continues into 2013? Market Adviser columnist Harlan Hughes suggests that under certain drought plans it might pay to purchase feed. However, if you are considering retirement in the next 10 years, you have different options to consider....More
  • cattle marketing requires careful planning
    Mar 25, 2013

    Success Amid Today’s Cattle Market Volatility Necessitates A Good Economic Plan 1

    If Mother Nature cooperates this year and spawns a bumper corn crop, plenty of analysts peg corn prices sharply lower – in the $5-$6/bu. range. In turn, some expect the nation’s cowherd to finally expand....More
  • farm management costs
    Feb 25, 2013

    What Will It Take To Rebuild The U.S. Beef Cowherd?

    My friend Howard was among the industry’s top 20 largest cow-calf operators in the late 1980s, but drought and other factors have whittled down his cow numbers over the last 25 years. His operation has been fortunate to escape the ravages of the drought of the last three years, but Howard has had no desire to expand his cowherd. Why?...More
  • culling cows
    Feb 21, 2013

    Some Thoughts On Drought & Culling 1

    We all know we’re looking at record cattle prices and high input prices for the relative short term. We’re just trying to make those strong fundamentals come in line with the cards that Mother Nature elects to deal us in the coming months....More
  • Jan 31, 2013

    The Bulls Have The Bears On The Run 1

    The announcement that Japan will drop its 20-month age requirement on Feb. 1 and begin accepting cattle that are 30 months of age or less removes a major obstacle to exporting product to what used to be our number-one customer (and still our second largest market). The U.S. Meat Export Federation estimates this will equate to an increase of around $20/head for every fed animal in the U.S....More
  • cull cows
    Jan 23, 2013

    Why Are Beef Producers So Afraid To Cull Cows? 1

    In my last three articles, I’ve discussed managing toward a 30-day calving season, developing and selecting replacement heifers, and culling cows and selecting bulls. If you were to review those articles, you would find some repetition and some interconnection of ideas. The question posed by this article’s headline relates to that inter-connectedness and ideas presented in earlier articles....More
  • ground beef safety
    Jan 2, 2013

    Canada Offers U.S. Consumer Lessons

    A study conducted by the Canadian Food Safety Alliance in early December indicates that half of respondents believe E.coli incidents have been increasing over the last five years. Even more concerning is that 42% of Canadians say they've decreased their consumption of beef as a result....More
  • Nov 26, 2012

    Drought Economics – Part II 1

    Last month, I summarized my producer educational programs in past droughts. The key lesson I learned from those droughts was that the optimum drought strategy depends on where we are in the cattle cycle. What is an optimal drought strategy for one drought may be sub-optimal for the next drought....More
  • marketing beef cattle
    Nov 15, 2012

    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

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