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Friday, January 30,2015

Bullish Cattle on Feed report: herd rebuilding is happening

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Cattle on feed in feedlots with a 1,000 head or greater capacity as of Jan. 1, 2015, stood at 10.69 million head, up 1 percent compared to the same time the prior year. State-specific on-feed populations for the top cattlefeeding states were mostly above that level.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Water, competition drives ranch real estate in Far West

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
There is a distinct dichotomy in the Far West real estate world. Rural and ranching real estate in the northern end of the Golden State turns on the availability of water and the price of land in the face of competition. But one state’s misfortune is another’s opportunity.

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Monday, January 26,2015

Where does beef fit in the 2015 global market

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In the domestic market, overall trends in beef demand have been surprisingly strong. Americans are forking over record amounts of cash for their favorite protein compared to year-over-year retail prices. According to the most recent National Beef Retail report, the overall price increase for four highly popular retail beef cuts amounts to a 17.

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Monday, January 26,2015

Cash prices fall as futures falter

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Cash fed trade got underway surprisingly early last week with over 5,000 head being confirmed sold on Tuesday. By Thursday afternoon, over 43,000 head had been confirmed sold via negotiated trade at prices of $157-160 live, and $256-257 dressed. This continues the downward momentum from the prior week, being down $3-6 live and $3-9 lower for dressed.

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Monday, January 26,2015

Details omitted

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
How people communicate matters. I care how people use language, from the overall message down to the individual word choice. Considering my profession, I’m sure that comes as a big surprise. Or not.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Gates goal: African self-sufficiency by 2030

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Every year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation issues its annual letter. For those who find hope and inspiration in the advancement of science and technology it is an exciting tradition. This year they have set their sights high, envisioning a self-sufficient Africa in terms of food security in 2030.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Cash cattle, feeders reverse course down

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The rally in the cash fed market was very short-lived. After seeing large volumes trade at up $4.00-4.50 live during the week starting Jan. 5, last week gave back those gains and then some. By Thursday afternoon, 44,575 cattle had been confirmed sold on negotiated trade at live prices of $162-165 and $260-265 dressed, down $5-15 from the prior week.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Opportunities abroad for U.S. agriculture

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
When was the last time you were told there is opportunity in agriculture? Not just opportunity for agriculture, but opportunity for U.S. agriculture? Have you been told you pursue a noble profession? Or one that will feed the world and may even bring peace?.

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Friday, January 16,2015

New antibiotic research, costly resistance

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In recent weeks, the topic of antibiotic resistance has been in the public consciousness. On the one hand, a pair of reports was released in the UK on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looking at the costs of AMR and efforts to forestall it. And on the other hand, a potentially massive breakthrough was discovered in the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Agriculture a 'noble profession'

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“We’re talking about growing the world population by 75-80 million people a year,” he said, citing averages derived from the projection of 9 billion people in 2050. “Who’s going to feed them? Whose role is it to feed those people? Is that an opportunity for U.

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