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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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Monday, October 20,2014

Corn yields raised in recent WASDE report

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Most things were up in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released in the afternoon on Oct. 10. For beef, the increased production estimated hinged mostly on increased carcass weights, but corn and soybean yield estimates were finally catching up with what analysts have been saying for months.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Outside issues worry beef, cattle markets

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Unlike past weeks, trade got underway earlier than usual last week. By Wednesday, over 50,000 head had been confirmed sold with Kansas, Nebraska, and the western Corn Belt leading the charge, despite analysts’ early week projections of late week trade.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Ranchers ride east to Washington, D.C.

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Back in the days of the old West, the Pony Express saw fleet-footed horses and their daring riders charging west through hostile territory to get mail through to its destinations. Now the ponies are pointed east and aimed to charge into hostile territory to deliver a petition to the government.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Scarcity creates land opportunities

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
With the recession diminishing in the memories of the country, and people dissatisfied with waiting any longer to invest, the land market in the intermountain region has decidedly picked up. There is optimism and buyer interest with some looking to invest and others looking to expand.

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