Livestock: Feeding Cost of Gain and Cattle Finishing Net Returns

🕔Mar 8, 2019A recent farmdoc daily article examined the prospects for cattle finishing net returns in 2019.  This article elaborates on the factors impacting feeding cost of gain and cattle finishing net returns.  After […]

Livestock: Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in 2019

🕔Feb 7, 2019After averaging $111 per head in 2017, net returns averaged a loss of $45 per head in 2018.  The largest losses occurred in June and July, with losses of $126 […]

Soy, Corn, Cattle Prices: Hindsight and the Possibilities of Bullish Outcomes – DTN

🕔Jan 21, 2019Two weeks ago, this column talked about the history of corn prices and showed how low corn prices at the start of the year tend to have bullish outcomes and […]

Livestock: Cattle on Feed Inventories Nearly 5% Above Last Year

🕔Aug 27, 2018USDA 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 […]

Livestock: Cattle Finishing – Net Return Prospects

🕔Aug 6, 2018After large losses in 2015 and 2016, cattle finishing net returns averaged approximately $110 per head in 2017.  Net returns were much tighter in the first half of 2018.  Current […]

Livestock: Cattle Inventory Increases; Tariffs Hang Over Markets

🕔Jul 23, 2018USDA released a flurry of reports last week, including the mid-year Cattle inventory, the July Cattle on Feed and the July Livestock Slaughter reports. The Cattle inventory report provides the first estimate of the nation’s 2018 calf crop […]

Livestock: Increasing Meat Production Likely to Push Cattle Prices Lower

🕔Apr 30, 2018Meat production in the U.S. during the January-March quarter was up over 2% compared to a year earlier. The increase in meat production took place virtually across the board as […]

Livestock Market: Tariff Talkers Lined Up, No ‘Street Fight’ Yet – DTN

🕔Apr 10, 2018Long before there was George Lucas, J.K. Rowling or Michael Crichton, there was Jules Verne. He was one of my favorite boyhood storytellers and considered by many to be the […]

Livestock: Cattle Inventory Growth Slowing, Beef Production Still Increasing

🕔Feb 5, 2018USDA 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 […]

Livestock Markets: Cattle Feeding Returns Improving

🕔Nov 6, 2017Cattle feeding profitability has been on a roller coaster ride the last couple of years. Estimated cattle feeding returns calculated each month by Iowa State Extension provide insight into the […]

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