Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Feb 07, 2014

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Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle and beef prices fell further as weak beef prices provided plenty of pressure. The five-area live fed steer price ended Friday at $140.56, down $5.24 compared to last Friday. Cash trade was light for most of the week with sales in the Southern Plains not registering enough to call any trends. … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 31, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash fed cattle came in lower this week. the five-area live price averaged $145.80 on Friday, down $2.45 from last week. This average is based largely on non-cash trade as few sales took place in the cash market given the declines.
In Oklahoma City auctions feeder steers were called steady to $1 lower, … Continue reading

2014 Cattle Inventories

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released their annual cattle inventory report Friday afternoon (Jan 31). The report was highly anticipated given the continued shrinking herd size which was exacerbated in the past few years due to drought. While it was expected that the total number of beef cows would continue to shrink, … Continue reading

Moving Your Community Forward

As the state emerges from the most recent recession and continues to experience economic growth, it behooves individual communities to take stock of their own economic situation and follow a path to set their economic future.
One of the most effective methods of a community taking charge if its economic future is by implementing a grass-roots based economic and community development based strategic planning process that utilizes objective baseline socio-economic data to provide the community’s leaders (both elected and non-elected) with a firm foundation from which to analyze internal and external factors that affect a community’s future. … Continue reading

Drugs and Deforestation

What happens when it becomes more costly to conduct narcotics-trafficking operations in Mexico due to a government crackdown?

A new report says that drug smuggling in Central America is rapidly increasing rates of deforestation.
Remote forests in Honduras and Guatemala are being cut down to facilitate landing strips for the transportation of narcotics.
The scientists believe the influx of drug cash encourages ranchers, … Continue reading

2014 Farm Bill: Nearing Completion

Late Monday evening (Jan 27) the conference committee of the U.S. House of Representative and the Senate finalized the Agricultural Act of 2014 putting the new farm bill on its path to approval. The House passed the bill today (Jan 29) by a vote of 251-166.  The Senate may vote tomorrow.  … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 24, 2014

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Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle and beef prices remain on their upward trajection. The five-area fed steer price ended Friday at $148.75 and $238.86, respectively for live and dressed, up $6.36 and $11.59 compared to last Friday. In the Southern Plains, live cattle were about $5 higher at $147 on Wednesday. … Continue reading

January Cattle on Feed Report Recap

The United States Department of Agriculture Released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (Jan 24).The report revealed that 10.593 million head of cattle were in feedlots with 1,000 head or larger capacity on January 1, 2014, down 5.4% from last year and the lowest January 1st number since the series started in 1996. Analysts were expecting the on feed number to be down 6.0%. … Continue reading

Is beef production as inefficient as some lead us to believe?

A recent article in The Economist takes a look at livestock and meat production from an environmental point of view. One of the conclusions that the article makes is that cattle need to be managed more intensively and feed should be switched to grains rather than grass to improve efficiency:
Among the lessons of the research is that white meat wins out over red for environmental reasons as well as health ones. … Continue reading

The Cheapest Way to Skin a Cat

BBC News reports on a study arguing that pollution targets in the European Union are not strict enough:
A study confirming a link between atmospheric pollution and heart-attack risk strengthens the EU case for tougher clean-air targets, experts say.
Research in the BMJ looking at long-term data for 100,000 people in five European countries found evidence of harm, … Continue reading