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Monday, November 10,2014

Reduced production not saving packers

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Activity in the cattle and beef markets was slow last week as the nation turned its attention to the elections and the strength in the outside markets. Live and feeder cattle futures were quietly mixed as more attention-grabbing markets—the Dow and the S&P 500— set record highs.

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Friday, November 7,2014

WOTUS comments due November 14

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
This is the final week to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) re-definition. Assuming the deadline isn’t extended again, comments are due Friday, Nov.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Demand for U.S. beef abroad is strong despite high prices

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Meat Export Federation (USMEF) hosted a press conference with representatives and leaders from various regions worldwide. Topics included what has gone on so far this year in U.S. meat trade, where it has seen success, where it still faces challenges, and where there are some opportunities.

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Monday, November 3,2014

Conservation with a cooperative twist

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
When an environmental group gives a talk about the destruction of an ecosystem, the usual narrative paints figurative horns on grazing livestock. It is less common—and more than a little refreshing—when grazing livestock and ranchers instead get the proverbial halo of the potential hero.

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Monday, November 3,2014

Cutouts finally climb, leave margins behind

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
By close of trade Thursday, slightly more than 9,000 head had been confirmed sold. Average live prices for steers were $167.50 and $263 dressed. Though light for a total-week sale, that likely set the tone for whatever cleanup trade that happened Friday.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Cattle on Feed called neutral; 26 months of declines

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report, released Friday, Oct. 24, was called roundly neutral for its lack of divergence from the past year, and for falling in line with prereport estimates. There was one additional slaughter day in September 2014 compared to 2013.

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Monday, October 27,2014

What happens if cattle disappear?

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“Cattle-free in ’93!” Despite over two decades of failure, this mantra still highlights the reality that there are people who want to remove cattle (and sheep and other domestic livestock) from the public range.

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Monday, October 27,2014

A tale of two markets

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The industry seems to be running a manic two-part market game. On the one hand, strength in the cash fed and feeder markets was striking last week, as were gains in both futures markets, yet at the same time there was continued information on declining and disappointing beef movement.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Brazil set to expand feedlots, grain feeding

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
A recent report from Rabobank suggests the future of beef abroad will be Brazil. However, the country—already the world’s second largest beef producer and largest exporter—is not nearly as efficient as its fellow beef competitors. The answer will be American-style feedlots, fueled by the growing Brazilian grain industry.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Who supports WOTUS?

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Today was supposed to be the last day comments would be submitted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Water of the U.S. (WO- TUS) rule. But, as before, the comment period has been extended. Comments can now be submitted through to Nov.

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