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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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NAFTA Trade is Important for Meat Industry

The 2016 election cycle created a lot of confusion about the importance and benefits of trade in general. In particular, a good bit of the election year rhetoric focused on trade within the NAFTA trade bloc (U.S., Canada and Mexico).

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Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in 2017

This article discusses recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns. Current breakeven and fed cattle price projections create an environment that is at a minimum cautiously optimistic.

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Cattle Industry Still in Expansion Mode, at Least for Now

The dramatic price decline, and resulting falloff in profitability by cow-calf producers, led to questions about possible impacts on industry expansion. The report leaves little doubt that the industry is still in expansion mode, at least for now.

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