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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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​Ag Business Climate Outlook for 2018

Recorded January 3, 2018 | Purdue ag. economists Chris Hurt, Michael Langemeier & Jim Mintert discuss the ag. economy outlook and management strategies for 2018.

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Volatility in 2017 Calf and Feeder Prices; What’s in Store for 2018?

Prices for calves and feeder cattle started off 2017 sharply lower than a year earlier but, by year-end, prices were well above 12 months prior.

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Cattle Feeding Returns Improving

Estimated cattle feeding returns calculated each month by Iowa State Extension provide insight into the situation Corn Belt feeders face.

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Red Ink Reappears in the Cattle Finishing Sector

Cattle finishing net returns were positive from December 2016 through August 2017. Moreover, net returns were above $300 per head during March, April, and May.

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Cattle on Feed Inventory Remains Higher Than a Year Ago

USDA released its August Cattle on Feed report on August 25, along with the monthly Livestock Slaughter report. The two reports provide some updated information to use in projecting future cattle and beef supplies.

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Increase in U.S. Calf Crop Points Towards Larger Beef Supplies in 2018-2019

This is the third consecutive year that the calf crop size has increased after bottoming out at 33.5 million head in 2014.

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Cattle Finishing Net Returns in 2017 – A Bit Different from a Year Ago

This article discusses prospects for feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed cattle price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns.

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