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Monday, December 23,2013

Lower prices for fed cattle on short production weeks

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers were reluctant to pay much for fed cattle last week ahead of projections of decidedly short production weeks. With estimates for this week’s production rates ranging widely between 435,000- 480,000 head, and predictions for next week’s standing at 505,000- 545,000 head, packers felt no pressure to collect cattle around them.

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Friday, December 20,2013

Senators urge Korean officials to keep U.S. organic trade open

by WLJ
This past week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 12 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young expressing concern that the Korean market may close to organic exports on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Friday, December 20,2013

Cattle producers prepare for 2014

by WLJ
Cattle markets are heading into the final holiday period of 2013 at record or near record price levels across the board. Cattle slaughter and beef production are falling as the market transitions into a much tighter supply situation in 2014. Cattle and beef prices are expected to push to even higher record levels in 2014.

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Monday, December 16,2013

Beef production, export estimates up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released with little fanfare last Tuesday. Though there were some exciting production estimate moves for beef, industry eyes were on corn and soybeans, which held few surprises.

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Monday, December 16,2013

Prices, volumes decline in live futures

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Trade was again shrugged off until Friday last week as only 2,844 cash fed cattle sales had taken place by Thursday afternoon. Analysts had predicted this was likely and expected a steady-at-best market relative to the prior week’s $132 live and $208-210 dressed market.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Cull cows, prices and profit

by WLJ
Every best management practices book related to beef cattle production calls for pregnancy checking the herd to identify open cows as early in the season as possible, said South Dakota State University Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist, Heather Gessner.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Will cattle herds expand due to better prices?

by WLJ
On the production side of the beef industry, the focus has become whether the nation’s beef cow herd will begin to grow and eventually result in more beef production, said Darrell R. Mark, Adjunct Professor of Economics at South Dakota State University.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Changes in U.S.-Mexican trade

by WLJ
Cattle and beef trade between the U.S. and Mexico has evolved over many years to increasingly complex and integrated levels. The long history of Mexican cattle exports to the U.S. was supplemented in the late 1990s with increased U.S. beef exports to Mexico.

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Friday, December 13,2013

The more things change, the more they stay the same

by WLJ
For at least three decades, beef cattle scientists have studied body condition of cows and its impact on productivity. Cows in better body condition at calving time and breeding nearly always seem to outperform their counterparts that are in thinner body condition.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Beef exports surged in October

by WLJ
Beef exports remained on a record-setting pace in October while pork exports put up one of their strongest performances of the year, yet remain behind 2012’s record-high levels, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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