Fri Nov 15, 2013 03:03 PM CST As long as commercial beef production essentially remains an outdoor sport, the practical distance between retained heifers and a larger meat case offering at Wal-Mart is about three years.
Fri Nov 8, 2013 03:57 PM CST Now that the USDA has essentially confirmed a monster corn harvest of 14 billion bushels, livestock feeders can look forward to one of the most heartfelt Thanksgivings experienced in years.
Fri Oct 18, 2013 02:27 PM CDT DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington suspects part of the enormous price collapse in live cattle futures was stoked by commercials suddenly questioning spendthrift behavior in the feeder cattle market.
Thu Oct 10, 2013 05:29 PM CDT DTN is as helpless as anyone in sowing the seeds of reason along the swampy Potomac. Yet, we've found a few ways to fill the reporting breach caused by this government shutdown mess.
Tue Sep 17, 2013 06:42 AM CDT The cash reporter's sense of purpose briefly resurfaces for a few, fleeting hours each Friday when a dying breed of cattle marketers frantically shimmy through a narrow window.
Fri Sep 13, 2013 03:35 PM CDT This week's stunning 10% drop in hog slaughter (as well as the cash market's surging reaction of $4-$5) may be an early sign of how bad the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus outbreak really is.
Fri Aug 16, 2013 01:19 PM CDT Zilmax is one of Merck ag division's very best cash cows, and unless scientific evidence suddenly makes a radical shift, forcing Cargill, JBS and National to join the Tyson boycott, it looks like Merck will do whatever it takes to keep the feed additive in the cattle feeding toolbox.
Fri Jul 26, 2013 04:45 PM CDT "Reckless" swine herd expansion talk may soon be on the increase thanks to the drop in new-crop corn prices and the fact that premium structure of 2014 is starting to get hammered by would-be commercial hedgers.
Fri Jul 19, 2013 03:53 PM CDT The soaring cost of feeder cattle since Memorial Day and the related surge in projected feedlot breakevens suggests that at least some beef producers are eager once again to disregard the market lessons of the past.
Fri Jun 21, 2013 03:30 PM CDT Currently, spot August feeder futures are sailing more than $8 above the cash index. Not only is the 2013 premium six times larger than the 5-year average, it's more than double the size of the 1995-2012 high.