The issue of the West Coast ports—and the effect that has had on beef trade—was the story of the week last week. Everything from cash fed trade to the futures turned on the slowdown in export demand and the prospect of more competing protein and beef needing to be absorbed by the domestic market.
If yes, how do you manage your manure? Do you spread it on your fields? How often do you test it for nutrient levels? How often do you test the soil? How do you store your manure? Does your storage allow it to leak? What are the nitrogen levels in your soil below the root zone? What about in the ground water? How do you know? Can you prove it?.
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed the effect of market drivers prompting expansion of protein supplies coupled with a strong currency that discourages export. The combination means there will be a lot more meat in 2015 that must be absorbed by the domestic market.
Only scant volumes of cash fed cattle had sold by Thursday afternoon last week. Prices were mostly $160 for live and $256 dressed, which was steady with the prior week. Analysts had predicted earlier on in the week steady trade would be the likely situation barring future implosions.
All too often the narrative of conservation and production agriculture is one of conflict. Us against them. Knights and knaves. Winning and losing. But in the middle ground there are those who focus on getting things done and making measurable, positive change for all involved.
Cash fed sales were slow to develop, with market participants mostly playing wait and see with the futures, or else enjoying the temperatures down in Texas at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual conference.
It suggests the total U.S. cattle herd as of Jan. 1, 2015 increased 1 percent compared to Jan 1, 2014 with a total of 89.8 million cattle and calves. The estimate of beef cows and replacement heifers is up significantly from last year, giving hope on the herd expansion front.
At the very end of January, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD) released a report on the economics of the public grazing programs. The report concluded that grazing on public lands is costly to the U.S. taxpayer and does not come close to covering the funds appropriated to operate it.
At the end of January, six environmental and citizens groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to answer a 2011 petition. The petition enjoined the EPA to rule ammonia a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and establish air standards relative to ammonia “to protect public health and welfare.
In “Antibiotics, Bacteria, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes: Aerial Transport from Cattle Feed Yards via Particulate Matter,” researchers from Texas Tech University collected samples of airborne particulate matter (PM) adjacent to 10 different Texas feedlots.