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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?

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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Increasing meat production likely to push cattle prices lower

Increasing beef production, combined with larger pork and chicken production, will exert substantial downward pressure on slaughter cattle prices the rest of the year.

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Do you know how important trade is for the U.S. meat industry?

Growth in trade of animal products has been quite dramatic since the mid-1980s and U.S. agricultural producers – those engaged in animal agriculture and those engaged in feed grain and oilseed production – have benefited greatly.

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Cattle inventory growth slowing down; but beef production still increasing

USDA released its annual Cattle inventory report last week and the report confirmed that, although the U.S. cattle herd was still growing during 2017, the rate of growth slowed sharply compared to recent years.

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