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  • September Cattle On Feed Placements Are Down
    Oct 26, 2012

    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
  • Oct 12, 2012

    The Low Cost Vs. High Quality Debate 5

    Fail to be a low-cost producer and you’re out of business; focus solely on being a low-cost producer and not only are you doomed to low margins, but you have to hope you can keep selling on the average in an imperfect commodity system. So, ultimately, we have to be a low-cost producer of a product that consistently makes/exceeds customer expectations for a specific market or niche....More
  • Jun 22, 2012

    Cull Cow Value Skyrockets In Today's Market 1

    Americans’ appetite for ground beef is great news for cow-calf producers. Given the tight supplies of lean manufacturing beef, cull cows have become almost as valuable as gold. Demand for cull-cow beef is outstripping the domestic supply, which has meant record-high prices for lean boneless beef (90CL), cow carcasses and the cows themselves. Cull cows historically have accounted for 20% of a cow-calf producer’s annual income. This might have risen a notch or two over the past year, although calf prices have also hit record levels....More

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