Western Livestock Journal - Markets http://www.wlj.net/articles.sec-14-1-markets.html <![CDATA[Cash cattle, beef continue downwards]]> <![CDATA[Pacific port problems harming ag exports]]> <![CDATA[Choice retail values at record highs in 2014]]> U.S. retail Choice beef values climbed through 2014, reaching a record high of $6.30 per pound in November (most recent complete data). Retail value is defined as the average value at the grocery store of a basket of beef cuts, measured in cents per pound of retail weight. ]]> <![CDATA[Bullish Cattle on Feed report: herd rebuilding is happening]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[U.S. pressures Canada on TPP]]> <![CDATA[Meat industry groups back TPA]]> <![CDATA[Water, competition drives ranch real estate in Far West]]> <![CDATA[Where does beef fit in the 2015 global market]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Cash prices fall as futures falter]]> <![CDATA[Finances grim after producers´ failure to economize]]> <![CDATA[Cash cattle, feeders reverse course down]]> <![CDATA[Opportunities abroad for U.S. agriculture]]> 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?. ]]> <![CDATA[The evolving role of Canadian, Mexican cattle and beef trade]]> <![CDATA[Seller's market in the Southwest]]> <![CDATA[What do low gas prices mean for ranchers?]]> The combination of plunging petroleum costs and high cattle prices makes for happy American ranchers these days, but a flip side of the equation is causing them to pause and wonder about the longterm impact that the ongoing low fuel prices ultimately will have on their livestock operations. ]]> <![CDATA[Markets get late gift]]> <![CDATA[Pondering the 2015 cattle markets]]> <![CDATA[Cattle on Feed called neutral]]> As the year-end holiday season continues, the markets are calm. The most recent Cattle on Feed report showed a continuation of the ongoing build-up of cattle in feedlots. Cattle on feed numbers were up, placements were down slightly, and marketings were down considerably again. ]]> <![CDATA['Higher' was 2014's theme of the year]]> Due to the holiday-shortened week last week and the subsequent lack of activity in the markets, there is not as much to report this week. But, in keeping with the theme of looking back on the year that’s about to fade into history, there were some distinct highlights in this year’s market that deserve reflection. ]]> <![CDATA[Less red meat in 2014]]>