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Monday, March 10,2014

Heifers OKed for futures delivery

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Effective with the August 2015 delivery month, the amendments will allow heifers to be deliverable against the Live Cattle Futures contract but be subject to additional eligibility requirements,” noted the CME announcement of the decision. The additional restrictions are as follows:.

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Monday, March 10,2014

Live futures see sharp downward correction

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle prices drifted lower last week as the live cattle futures took a nose-dive and packers seized on the opportunity to buy cattle cheaper. Compared to the $150-152 live and $240 dressed prices seen in the previous week, last week saw the bulk of trade happen at $150 live and $237-240 dressed.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Walmart and USMEF: a winning partnership in Central America

by WLJ
The largest collaboration between Walmart and U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in Central America to date recently concluded in four countries in the region. Walmart in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua worked with USMEF on a six-week “Ten New U.

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Monday, March 3,2014

Markets up again

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
And up we go (again)! Packers took the steer by the proverbial horns last week in the cash markets. They were apparently undaunted by their $100-perhead losses as they bid up the price of cash cattle to $150-152 live and $240-242 dressed mid-week.

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Friday, February 28,2014

U.S. agriculture leaders gather for USMEF Market Expo

by WLJ
The largest food industry trade show in the Middle East, the Gulfood Show in Dubai, is the first stop for the group, which includes representatives from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, United Soybean Board, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn...

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Friday, February 28,2014

Surprisingly high placements called bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report was called bearish for the markets as onfeed populations and placements were higher than expected, and marketings were lower than expected. The most surprising of the numbers was placements, which far outstripped industry expectations.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Fed markets quiet, beef values move up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
All was quiet on the beef front last week. The same could not be said for the world of pork, however, as the Humane Society of the U.S. fired shots over the bow of the pork industry. Look for more information on that unfolding story in this week’s Beef Bits and next week’s issue of WLJ.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Return to 2009-2010 corn prices, more flexibility predicted

by DTN
“We had assumed that under the continuation of the old law that more land would be planted to corn because of the ACRE program,” Glauber said. “Now with the new programs based on base acres, we think there will be more flexibility. They will look at the soybean-to-corn price ratio and will plant a little less corn than normal.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Certified Angus Beef momentum pays record premiums

by WLJ
There were plenty of hints. In 2011, a 45 percent increase in grid premiums to $32.3 million did not in itself constitute a trend. But USDA’s mandatory reporting, never known for overstating, showed 2012 starting with a CAB premium of $8 per hundredweight (/cwt.

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Friday, February 21,2014

No crash landing

by DTN
AgriBank, the Farm Credit System district bank that sources funds for Farm Credit Associations covering half of the nation’s cropland, still sees wide disparities in farmland appreciation, depending on the 15 states within its territory.

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