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Friday, November 15,2013

Restaurant Performance Index declined in Sept.

by WLJ
The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry— stood at 100.2 in September, down 0.3 percent from a level of 100.5 in August. Despite the recent declines, the RPI remained above 100 for the seventh consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Beef demand poised for problems

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle trade again returned to the “leave it ‘til Friday” approach last week. Analyst expectations were mixed on if the week’s trade would be steady/higher, steady/lower, or just plain steady.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Marketing cull cows to potential

by WLJ
Drought has caused many cow herds to be culled extensively over the last two years. However, some culling of beef cows occurs in most herds every year. A few cows will become reproductively unsound, brokenmouths, bad udders, open, and/or just plain old.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Cattle on feed down, placements up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
After more than two weeks delayed, the September/October Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released to little fanfare. The results were called neutral though analysts predict it bodes well—or badly, depending on your perspective—for months to come. Tight supplies of cattle are coming.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Live cash, futures prices continue to surge

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“It was a fast track in the country with South Plains trade at $132-133 while the Corn Belt traded at $132-134 live and a full range of $206-210 on a dressed basis,” reported Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge Thursday, noting that the bulk of the Corn Belt dressed trade was in the $208-209 area.

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Friday, October 25,2013

U.S. beef tripe ads roll into Peru

by WLJ
U.S. beef exports to South America are up sharply in recent years, and Peru is one of the main drivers of this phenomenal growth. Now residents in this nation of 30 million have mouthwatering images of one of their favorite dishes—made with high quality, grain-fed U.

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Monday, October 21,2013

Cutout, cash fed cattle jump high

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Thursday came with word that the government was back up and running. Politics and speculations of the future aside, this was a welcomed change from the market point of view. Finally there are official numbers on cattle sales and beef prices! However, the market party can’t start just yet.

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Monday, October 14,2013

Big ranches bring big money in mountain states

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The other big things going on in the country—changes to taxes and healthcare laws, the market swings and considerable uncertainty with the government—have convinced many wealthy buyers that now is the right time to realize their dream of owning a piece of America’s premiere mountain landscape.

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Friday, October 11,2013

Blizzard's market impact mixed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The continued government shutdown has lent more speculation to the cash markets. Asking prices, bids, and the fact it was another week of Friday trade were all easy to track. But expectations of where that Friday trade would eventually come in was all over the map, from “up” to “down” to “steady” predictions.

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Friday, October 11,2013

No U.S. data; some Mexican data

by WLJ
The lack of federal government data collection has already impacted livestock markets. The impacts will grow exponentially if the situation persists for many more days. The most significant initial impacts are on business arrangements that base beef and cattle transactions on USDA price reports.

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