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BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Rather Than Cull

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Sep 20, 2018.

No herd should have any cull cows or bulls.

BeefTalk: Cows as Combines

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Sep 13, 2018.

Fall aftermath grazing helps cows increase their conditioning and be better prepared for winter and next year’s calving and breeding.

BeefTalk: 2018 Cow-Calf Production Benchmarks

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Sep 06, 2018.

The number of pounds weaned per cow exposed to the bull topped 500 for the first time in six years.

BeefTalk: Economic Greats - 93 Percent of Cow’s Weight Harvested

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Aug 30, 2018.

The economics of the cow-calf business involve three very important economic drivers.

BeefTalk: What Can Sheep Teach Cows?

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

The fundamental key to profit and loss, whether from cattle or sheep, is controlling costs.

BeefTalk: Livestock Diversity a Good Thing

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Aug 16, 2018.

Livestock diversity provides the opportunity for additional revenue.

BeefTalk: Sheep and Cows: Some Do and Some Do Not

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Aug 09, 2018.

Sheep and cows are able to coexist.

BeefTalk: Let the Cow Save You Money and the Bull Make You Money

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Aug 02, 2018.

Efficient beef production starts when the bull mates with a cow and biological efficiency mates with economic efficiency.

BeefTalk: Cost Per Pound of Calf is Struggling

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jul 26, 2018.

Cow-calf producers need to manage costs and production.

BeefTalk: Cow-calf Enterprise Expenses Are Up

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jul 19, 2018.

Good business practices, an understanding of herd data and marketing skills are the cornerstones of a cow-calf operation.

BeefTalk: Is the Cow-Calf Enterprise Keeping Pace?

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

A review and understanding of past data can help determine the future of the beef industry.

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited - Soil, Forage and Beef

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jul 05, 2018.

The cow-calf business is not a simple business with cookie-cutter solutions.

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited - Industry Integration

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jun 28, 2018.

Today’s producers need to understand the challenges of the grass industry, the cow industry and the beef industry.

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited - Global Competitiveness

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jun 21, 2018.

Beef producers need to think globally.

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited - Consumer Issues and Demand

By ecrawford from BeefTalk. Published on Jun 14, 2018.

Consumers have more opportunities to express their opinion about the food they buy and eat.

Market Advisor: N.D. Bucks U.S. Trend of Declining Beef Cows

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Mar 06, 2014.

While U.S. beef cow numbers declined, beef cows in North Dakota increased to 943,000, which is up by 21,000 head as of Jan. 1, 2014.

Market Advisor: U.S. Sheep Numbers Resilient Despite Drought

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Feb 27, 2013.

Some sheep industry analysts expected a larger decline in numbers due to the severe drought that impacted the southern Plains in 2011 and expanded into much of the country, including the Corn Belt, in 2012.

Market Advisor: U.S. Cattle Herd Declines but Northern States See Increases

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Feb 13, 2013.

All cattle and calves in the U.S. on Jan. 1 totaled 89.3 million head, which is the lowest Jan. 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million head in 1952.

Market Advisor: Texas Drought Drops Sheep Numbers

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Feb 14, 2012.

Texas is by far the leading lamb-producing state, so what happens there also affects the entire country.

Market Advisor: Southern Drought Conditions Cause Lower Cattle Numbers

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Feb 02, 2012.

All cattle and calves in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2012, totaled 90.8 million head, which is about 2 percent below the total of 92.7 million on Jan. 1, 2011.

Market Advisor: Late Spring May Mean Rebalancing Marketing Plans

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on May 16, 2011.

A common question asked is how to modify an existing forward contract or production contract if cropping plans change dramatically due to poor weather.

Market Advisor: Hog Prices Improve on Strong Export Demand

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Apr 05, 2011.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting about a 7 percent increase in pork exports for the first quarter of 2011 and more than a 10 percent increase for the year.

Market Advisor: Lamb Prices to Continue Strong

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Jan 19, 2011.

Higher prices are being fueled by shorter supplies of lambs and strong demand for lamb and byproducts.

Market Advisor: How High Will Corn Prices Go Before Usage Is Rationed?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Oct 13, 2010.

There are similarities in current market conditions, compared with those experienced during 2008.

Market Advisor: Cattle Herd Decline Supports Prices

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Aug 10, 2010.

Feeder calf prices likely will be 10 to15 percent higher this fall than the depressed levels of the last two years.

Market Advisor: Wet Spring Creates Problems for Canadian Crops

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Jun 25, 2010.

Weather forecasts for the Canadian Prairie Provinces will be watched closely by market traders.

Crop Market Advisor: How Will the Market Balance Record Corn Production and Use?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on May 18, 2010.

Tracking the dynamics of the corn market is challenging because of the diversity of uses for corn.

Market Advisor: Shifting Canadian Plantings May Impact N.D. Crop Prices

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Apr 30, 2010.

The three most noteworthy shifts in 2010 Canadian planting intentions are in durum, spring wheat and canola.

Market Advisor: When Will Spring Wheat Protein Discounts Soften?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Apr 21, 2010.

The primary reason the current protein discounts and premiums are so strong is that the average protein levels for the 2009 spring wheat crop were below normal.

Market Advisor: Cow Prices Off to Record Pace

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Apr 20, 2010.

Cow prices have increased more than normal this year in spite of a continuing high cow slaughter.

Market Advisor: Lamb Prices Show Seasonal Strength

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Mar 23, 2010.

The historic seasonal price pattern for fed lambs shows a peak after the spring holidays are over, with a general decline into the heavy fall marketing period.

Market Advisor: Beef Cow Herd Continues to Shrink

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Feb 05, 2010.

The reduction in the U.S. beef cow herd and lower numbers of cattle on feed should result in lower cattle slaughter and declining beef production.

Market Advisor: Are Higher Cattle Prices Ahead?

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Jan 11, 2010.

Market Advisor: How Will the Corn Market Deal With Crop Quality Concerns?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Nov 24, 2009.

Market Advisor: Large Crops and Low Prices Create Marketing Challenges - Part II

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Sep 25, 2009.

The wheat market is shifting focus quickly away from supply issues and toward demand considerations.

Market Advisor: Large Crops and Low Prices Create Marketing Challenges

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Sep 18, 2009.

The challenge is to develop a marketing strategy that will generate a favorable net price, meet cash flow needs and limit risk exposure.

Market Advisor: Will the Weather Cooperate for Near Record Crop Production?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Aug 14, 2009.

The USDA forecasts the largest soybean crop on record and the second largest corn crop.

Market Advisor: U.S. Cattle Herd Continues to Decline

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Jul 29, 2009.

The prices for all market classes of cattle declined sharply in the second half of 2008, which also reduced profitability in the cattle sector.

Market Advisor: What’s Up or Down With Cow Prices?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Jul 23, 2009.

Although prices in mid-July were similar to last year’s levels, cow prices likely will not increase to the high levels reached last August.

Market Advisor: Will Increased Acres Translate Into Increased Production?

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Jul 01, 2009.

Futures markets often try to anticipate the information contained in key USDA reports and then respond to the actual report information based upon their expectations.

Market Advisor: Market Overreactions Create Pricing Opportunities

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Jun 11, 2009.

How can you recognize when futures markets have overreacted and there is a pricing opportunity?

Market Advisor: Will H1N1 Flu Affect Cattle and Beef Prices?

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on May 06, 2009.

The answer is yes.

Market Advisor: Spring Pricing Opportunities May Open and Close Quickly

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Apr 23, 2009.

Staying current on market information does not mean that one has to stare at the computer screen and watch every price tick up or down.

Market Advisor: The Battle for Acres

By rmattern from Crops Market Advisor. Published on Mar 12, 2009.

Market Advisor: U.S. Sheep and Lamb Inventories Decline

By rmattern from Livestock Market Advisor. Published on Feb 12, 2009.

Current prices are being impacted by the economic meltdown and less demand for all meat, including lamb.
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