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Cattle placed in May outside pre-report expectations

Placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots increased in May. The USDA says 2.05 million head of U.S. cattle went on feed in May, an increase of 4 percent from last year. Placements are outside the upper end of pre-report estimates. Nationally placements are up about 90,000 head,... Read More.

H5N1 causing minor death loss in dairy cattle

Iowa’s Ag Secretary says some dairies are experiencing minor death loss after herds have tested positive for H5N1. Mike Naig says among the eight cases in northwest Iowa, some livestock have died. “We are hearing about some death loss on dairy farms, but really... Read More.

Cattle futures mostly lower ahead of On Feed reaport

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were mostly lower waiting for direct business to develop and Friday’s On Feed numbers. August lives closed $.45 higher at $182.55 and October lives closed $.05 lower at $183.82.  August feeders closed $.12 lower at... Read More.

Cattle futures lower waiting on direct business

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were lower ahead of the week’s direct business and Friday’s on feed numbers.  Feeders had additional pressure from the higher move in corn.  August live cattle closed $.70 lower at $182.10 and October live cattle... Read More.

Strong cattle sales continue, but is it sustainable?

The market news manager for the Missouri Department of Agriculture says he’s keeping a close eye on sale barn activity around the state.  Tony Hancock with the Missouri Department of Agriculture says he’s not sure how long the current volume of sales and price... Read More.

Cattle futures end the week on a positive note

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were sharply higher on the week’s direct business and higher midday boxed beef.  August live cattle closed $3.67 higher at $183.17 and October live cattle closed $3.15 higher at $284.85.  August feeder cattle closed $4.50... Read More.

Live cattle close higher watching direct business develop

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle were up, and feeders were mixed watching direct business develop.  August live cattle closed $1.17 higher at $179.50 and October lives closed $.65 higher at $181.70.  August feeders closed $.10 lower at $257.47 and September feeders closed... Read More.

High input costs a challenge in cattle sector

The president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says high input costs continue to challenge cattle producers. Chuck Miller tells Brownfield while cattle prices are relatively high, input costs have followed. “We want to try and navigate that so we can make profits that make us... Read More.

The business of cattle production in Hawaii

A cow/calf operator from Hawaii says it’s more cost effective to export calves to the mainland to be finished and processed. Orion Stevens, herd manager for the Ponoholo Ranch says the operation uses multiple avenues to get cattle from Hawaii to the mainland. “Using... Read More.

Cattle, hog futures move lower

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were lower, waiting for the week’s direct business to develop. August live cattle closed $1.05 lower at $178.92 and October live cattle closed $.45 lower at $181.72.  August feeder cattle closed $1 lower at... Read More.

Kansas Responds to Concerns about HPAI in Dairy Cattle

By the Kansas Department of Agriculture FDA Studies Confirm Safety of Pasteurized MilkMANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been actively working with the Kansas dairy industry to respond to the nationwide concerns due to the discovery... Read More.