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Cattle Feeders Place More Heifers on Feed

USDA’s October Cattle on Feed report, released on Friday, October 25th, indicated that the nation’s on feed inventory of 11.3 million head was about 1% smaller than a year ago, but still more than 4% larger than two years ago.

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Impact of Recent Changes in Corn and Fed Cattle Prices on Cattle Finishing Net Returns

This article discussed recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns. Average cattle finishing losses in the first six months of 2019 were $52 per head.

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Beef Herd Expansion Near End?

From the low point in 2014, beef cow numbers have expanded by nine percent. Total cow numbers including dairy cows are up seven percent.

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Impact of Higher Corn Prices On Feeding Cost of Gain for Cattle Finishing

Impact of Higher Corn Prices On Feeding Cost of Gain for Cattle Finishing

Corn prices have increased since mid-May and are expected to be quite volatile for the rest of the year. Each $0.10 increase in corn price results in an increase in feeding cost of gain of $0.87 per cwt.

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Factors Impacting Feeding Cost of Gain and Cattle Finishing Net Returns

The factors impacting feeding cost of gain and cattle finishing net returns are discussed. After dropping below $75 per cwt in May 2018, feeding cost of gain increased to $80.31 in December.

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Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in 2019

Net returns averaged a loss of $45 per head in 2018. The largest losses occurred in June and July, with losses of $126 and $108, respectively. Are the prospects for 2019 more positive?

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Has Cattle Herd Expansion Ground to a Halt?

Has Cattle Herd Expansion Ground to a Halt?

The USDA’s January 1 estimates of the U.S. cattle herd report provides a wealth of information to market participants including estimates of the all cattle and calves inventory, and both the beef and dairy cow inventories.

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Cattle On Feed

USDA released its August Cattle on Feed report last Friday, providing an update with respect to the current on feed inventory along with estimated placements on feed during July, which will influence fed cattle marketings later this year and in early 2019.

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Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in the Second Half of 2018

Recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns.

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Cattle Inventory Increases; Impact of Tariffs Hangs Over Markets

USDA estimated that the July 1 all cattle and calves inventory was 103.2 million head, 1% larger than a year earlier.

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