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Wednesday 11/26/14

Livestock's Cornucopia
When beef and pork producers bow their heads in thanks Thursday, they won't have any struggle in counting their blessings.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:59PM CST 11/26/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 11/21/14

It's Thanksgiving: Check Your Guns at the Door
Judging by new meat spread data released on Thursday, Thanksgiving at the Beef family home promises to be a motley affair with levels of holiday cheer ranging from sugar-high kids at Disneyland to hunger-strikers at Guantanamo.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:15PM CST 11/21/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 11/07/14

Nine-Weight Carcasses Rock
In the 1980s, "nine-weight carcass" was a four-letter word, at least according to the packer lexicon. But times have changed: According to the official scale house, the nation's kill floors are nearly carpeted with nine-weight carcasses this fall with plant managers not whispering a word of protest.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:37PM CST 11/07/14 by John Harrington | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
I like your way of making things humerus as well as factual.
Posted by robert shoemyer at 6:52AM CST 11/14/14
very good
Posted by Unknown at 6:26PM CST 11/17/14
 

Friday 10/31/14

Trick or Trick?
In which our author imagines handing candy to the Commodity children on Halloween.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:11PM CDT 10/31/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 10/28/14

Only Sad Insomniacs Miss Night Trading
The CME's prudent decision to aggressively prune the 24-hour trading model has been largely met with calm and equanimity.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:49PM CDT 10/28/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 10/10/14

USDA Tries Old Testament Wisdom?
Livestock markets are often demonstrations of the tensions between speculative investing and the demand for real flesh-and-blood fats and feeders.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:31PM CDT 10/10/14 by John Harrington | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Raise collection to $1.50 for a period of time (2 year ) Raise collection to $1.50 for a period of time then to $2.oo r
Posted by Earl ii Rice at 7:34AM CDT 10/13/14
Cut the existing buck in half! It might amaze us what could be accomplished. At some point, mandatory fees only promote waste and inefficiency. Provide another buck, the can will simply get kicked down the road.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 12:37PM CDT 10/15/14
Great idea. Cut the Check-off to $0.50/head. They are wasting our money on unnecessary expenses & DON'T REALLY REPRESENT THE "SMALL" RANCHER - THE BIG GUYS' (i.e. corporations) INTERESTS TAKE PRIORITY.
Posted by Unknown at 7:37AM CDT 10/24/14
 

Friday 10/03/14

Cattle Party Rocks On, But With Fewer Lampshades
Nearly all areas of the cattle industry have had a good time with the recent price party. But how long can the party last?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:08PM CDT 10/03/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Sunday 09/21/14

When Texas Hedging Looks Prudent
Is it time to try some Texas Hedging?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:59PM CDT 09/21/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 09/12/14

Beef's Bumper Bummer
In estimating a record corn harvest of 14.4 billion bushels this week, the USDA unwittingly delivered very bearish news to the beef industry.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:08PM CDT 09/12/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 08/22/14

The Lost Grills of Labor Day?
Where have the Labor Day barbeques of our youth gone?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:26PM CDT 08/22/14 by John Harrington | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Cash strapped wage earners just can't afford to pay these kinds of prices at the stores for beef, pork......its a rich mans item any more kind of like shrimp and lobster. Now with corn at 3.00 or less, when will meat products start going down at the store? Ethanol has not done much for the American consumer really. I think some of the agriculture entities are going to be in for a bumpy ride. Late model used combines seem to be taking a real hit now. Livestock equipment seem to be doing ok. 1400-1600 dollars for a calf ? How many people are going to jump into to the cattle business? When will this peak before it crashes? Lots of uncertainties in this world, it seems.
Posted by GWL 61 at 11:49AM CDT 08/24/14
At this time, beef has a long row to hoe...we are at all time lows of beef cows as many farmers sold off the cows, tilled up the pastures and are now farming those acres....drought in many areas has also made it hard for ranchers to expand. Now with the high price of replacement heifers it may become worse as you have feedlots trying to purchase the same heifers that the rancher wants as replacements...this also makes it hard for any young person that WANTS to get into the cattle business....takes way to much capital to start up, so dad or grandpa will need to help. With pork we have had some time to get beyond the PED and pig survival has been really good in our area...HOWEVER, PED likes the cooler temps and may come back this fall and winter...I hope not as I have friends who are pork producers and its not a fun thing when the PED hits the barn. If they can get PED under control, pork will probably be the meat of choice for families in the future...litters of 10 make more meat than the single calf.
Posted by Corey Gall at 11:39AM CDT 08/26/14
the habit of under paying for ag products needs to stop so stability can happen what the market people do not want.It is a threat to security in our country
Posted by andrew mohlman at 9:55PM CDT 08/26/14
 

Friday 08/15/14

Basis Anarchy
Livestock markets are often demonstrations of the tensions between speculative investing and the demand for real flesh-and-blood fats and feeders.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:42PM CDT 08/15/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 07/25/14

Radically Short-Bought
Beef processors and retailers once thought they knew all about the short-bought game. But the extraordinary summer of 2014 has taken the procurement strategy/awkward necessity to a whole new and frightening level.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:40PM CDT 07/25/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 07/18/14

When the Board Gets Bored
Once the board gets bored, long-standing friends of the trend need to get out of the way.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:22PM CDT 07/18/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 07/11/14

When Bubbles Pop
The wild party in the feeder cattle market that once seemed unending has finally started to wind down this week as multiple rounds of limit losses in the feeder pit signal the equivalent of bar stools turned upside down.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:04PM CDT 07/11/14 by John Harrington | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 07/03/14

Coals to Newcastle?
Whatever benefit the slumping corn market lent to further strength in the feeder pit this week was about as meaningful as Dick Cheney encouraging the Iraqi government to "hang in there."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:19PM CDT 07/03/14 by John Harrington | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
The famous livestock feeder? not subsidated, I cant print this , but my ???
Posted by Mark Knobloch at 2:37PM CDT 07/09/14
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