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Bullish Cattle on Feed report creates market optimism

Bullish Cattle on Feed report creates market optimism

Just before the Memorial Day Weekend, the livestock markets got some homework in the form of the latest Cattle on Feed report. There was plenty of time for the markets to digest the neutral numbers, and today both live and feeder cattle climbed higher. Even though the numbers were neutral, AgMarket.Net hedging strategist Ross Baldwin said this is a bullish report. Baldwin said that, while the cattle numbers have already been tight, we’re approaching the point where they are going to start to...

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Biobased products key to the future of agriculture

Biobased products key to the future of agriculture

Biobased products, including fuels, lubricants, construction materials, and more are the future, and were the subject of several House farm bill amendments last week. Iowa’s Zach Nunn offered and withdrew his biobased products amendment after Chair Glenn Thompson...

Determining the profitability of cover crops on livestock operations

Determining the profitability of cover crops on livestock operations

A recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service studied whether incorporating cover crops into livestock systems is more profitable than livestock operations that do not use cover crops. Maria Bowman, research ag economist with...

Looking at the volatility in cattle

Looking at the volatility in cattle

Last week the U.S. Meat Export Federation held their annual meeting in Kansas City, MO. It came when livestock markets were in a state of heavy fluctuations. The Cattle market is seeing a little more of the volatility than the hogs are. There have been some erratic...

Livestock groups welcome farm bill markup

Livestock groups welcome farm bill markup

Livestock groups welcomed the House Agriculture Committee's action to markup the Farm Bill. The National Pork Producers Council says the bill supports all pork producer's farm bill requests, including a federal fix to the host of Prop. 12 issues plaguing producers and...

Looking at the volatility in cattle

Red meat industry holds optimistic outlook for 2024

The U.S. red meat industry gathered in Kansas City last week for the annual U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Spring Conference. USMEF Chair Randy Spronk sensed optimism among attendees for the remainder of 2024. Spronk stressed the need for an equal playing field...

Biosecurity vital for protecting livestock and farmhands from H5N1

Biosecurity vital for protecting livestock and farmhands from H5N1

The need for robust biosecurity measures for all species is greater than ever after the recent detections of H5N1 in dairy herds. Dr. Marisa Rotolo, National Pork Board’s Director of Swine Health, emphasized the importance of on-farm measures to keep it that way....

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Looking at the volatility in cattle

Looking at the volatility in cattle

Last week the U.S. Meat Export Federation held their annual meeting in Kansas City, MO. It came when livestock markets were in a state of heavy fluctuations. The Cattle market is seeing a little more of the volatility than the hogs are. There have been some erratic...

Livestock groups welcome farm bill markup

Livestock groups welcome farm bill markup

Livestock groups welcomed the House Agriculture Committee's action to markup the Farm Bill. The National Pork Producers Council says the bill supports all pork producer's farm bill requests, including a federal fix to the host of Prop. 12 issues plaguing producers and...