January 2014 Cattle on Feed Report


A summary of the recent (January) Cattle on Feed report can be found at the following location:

http://blogs.msucares.com/agecon/

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Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 10, 2014


I hope everyone had a great holiday. There are a few changes I want to note. First, the price and production tables will no longer be published on a week-to-week basis but rather updated at this link (here). Also, I noted  few months ago that the newsletter was moving locations to a site hosted by Mississippi State University. I was wrong then, but have been assured the site is up and running now. I will post to both for the time being, but this newsletter will be moving to this web address (here). As always, if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to let me know (riley@agecon.msstate.edu, 662-325-7986)

Cash Cattle:

Wow, much has happened since my last update. Cattle markets have been on fire as 2013 came to an end and thus far in 2014. For example, this week’s five-area live steer price finished the week at $139.54, up $2.06 per hundredweight, dressed steers were at $221.48, up $4.34, both records when prices are not adjusted for inflation. Futures and boxed beef prices are also higher. Live cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas were called at $139. In Nebraska cattle transactions were, respectively, at $139-$140 and $220-$222. In the Western Cornbelt live and dresses cattle trade was a bit lower at $138-$139 and $220-222, respectively. Continue reading “Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 10, 2014”

Livestock Price and Production Tables: Changes Abound


It would not be a new year without changes from yours truly. As always, nothing is done without careful consideration and I hope that the updates are useful for everyone. Please let me know if you have any trouble or suggestions. And, as I’ve said in the past, please feel free to provide feedback (good or bad) on the information I provide.

While the changes are still in the works, the first to roll out is a new set-up for the “Livestock Price and Production Tables” (not all price data is available at the moment but should be incorporated soon — missing items are the regional cattle auction markets, hay prices, and fertilizer prices). These can now be found at this link.

This format will allow me to incorporate more information (when time permits). For example, graphs will be added which give a quick, easy reference for current prices compared to historical values. Also, the historical data are in the other sheets for easy access. As noted, more is on the way… Stay tuned!

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Full link to Livestock Price and Production Tables: http://goo.gl/JQmYwx