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Friday, January 10,2014

Checkoff operator passes its management review

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In a report released last Tuesday, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) stated it had found “no reportable findings” in its required triennial management review of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB).

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Demand, market conditions and lessened drought could move hay markets in 2014

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The new year of 2014 has been dubbed the year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar, the year of the family farmer by the United Nations, and apparently the year of cheap feed by the markets.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Cash fed cattle up sharply

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade last week was riding the strong price tailwind from the prior week. On Friday, Dec. 27, cash cattle prices increased sharply with cattle selling $3-4 higher for live at $133-136 and $3-6 higher with $210-215—mostly $212-214—for dressed.

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Monday, December 30,2013

Production cuts could boost prices

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade was choppy last week, given the Christmas holiday being smack dab in the middle of the trading week. Analysts expected cattle to sell steady to $1-2 higher than the prior week’s $129-130 live and $205-209 dressed in late-week trade.

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Monday, December 30,2013

Cattle on Feed report called slightly bullish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In what has been called “moderately bullish,” the most recent Cattle on Feed report showed on-feed, placements, and marketing numbers below industry expectations. The decline in placements of cattle into feedlots with a 1,000-head-or-greater capacity was especially surprising and friendly to the markets.

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Friday, December 27,2013

A sequel to "Livestock's Long Shadow," scientific opinion

New international opinion points finger at livestock again in climate change

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Anyone in the world of livestock production should be familiar with the United Nations’ 2006 report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow.

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Friday, December 27,2013

USDA makes waves with new Brazilian beef proposal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The proposal would allow the importation of uncooked beef from certain—previously banned—Brazilian states: Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grossodo Sul, Minas Gerais, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondonia, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins.

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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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Monday, December 23,2013

Skirmish settled in horse slaughter war

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday the 13th proved to be an unlucky day for a collection of groups trying to prevent U.S. horse processing from starting up again after an over six year de facto ban. The 10th U.S.

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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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