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Friday, August 29,2014

Options weighed on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

by WLJ
“One operation we tracked had heifers weaned in 2010 and 2011, what those heifers were and what their accumulated expenses were over the two years to the point where they were heavy bred. Their expenses totaled $1,100-1,400 a head. That ranch was pretty efficient and did a good job of reducing their expenses.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Record placement lows in Cattle on Feed report disappoint

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Aug. 1/July Cattle on Feed report was released Friday, Aug. 22. While everything was predicted down— and everything was down— things weren’t as down as analysts expected. The report has been called mixed neutral to bearish, particularly for record low placements that still disappointed expectations, and for the lagging marketing rate.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The value of the export market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Total U.S. Beef Exports 2004-2013) divided by number of federally inspected steers and heifers slaughtered for 2013 (Source: USDA’s Livestock Slaughter 2013 Summary). 3.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Cow/calf returns record high; start planning now

by WLJ
Since the early 1970s, the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) has estimated cow/calf returns over cash costs plus pasture rent based on typical production and marketing practices in the Southern Plains, but does not include other economic costs like family labor and management.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Prices continue to fall

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with the prior week, cash fed trade developed earlier than usual last week. A trickle of trade began Tuesday with Wednesday seeing the majority of trend-setting prices. Trade on Thursday was in clean-up mode as almost 70,000 head were confirmed sold week-to-date.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Corn prices impact wheat, stocker cattle decisions

by WLJ
With all the rain in July, things are looking a little more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators than in the past four years in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

IRS scrutinizes hedgers

by DTN
The tax law defines a hedge as a transaction in the normal course of business to minimize the risk of price change with respect to inventory or supplies. This requires a producer to have a hedging position that’s opposite the physical position on the farm and within normal production ranges.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Feeder cattle prices and the economics of stocker production

by WLJ
The rollback in price between stocker purchase price and feeder sales price, along with overall price level, is the principal determinant of the gross margin, i.e., value of gain, for stocker production. For example, Oklahoma feeder prices last week indicated that the value of 250 pounds of gain for a 450-pound steer was $1.

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Friday, August 22,2014

BBQ beef starts to sizzle in Japan

by DTN
Japan banned beef from the U.S. and Canada in 2003 because of BSE. The beef came back in 2006, albeit limited to meat taken from cattle aged up to 20 months as an anti-BSE measure. Certain “specified risk materials” (SRMs) with high risk of carrying BSE were also forbidden.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Rising corn tide floats proteins' boats

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with July, the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed most things up from previous estimates. Production estimates for beef, the other major competing proteins, corn, and soybeans were all up for 2014, and up for most in 2015.

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