The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Trump reassures farmers on trade

    At the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention President Trump gave the closing session remarks on Monday.

    Regarding trade tariffs and wars, he reassured farmers in attendance that his administration is working on “Trade deals that get you so much business you’re not even going to believe it. Your problem will be ‘What do we do? We need more acreage immediately.’ We are doing somethings with trade that are going to have a tremendous impact,” Trump said.

  • PETA makes plea to go vegan in the heart of beef country
    PETA has erected a billboard in the heart of beef country, urging Nebraskans to go vegan.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship for cow-calf producers
    In June 2018, I was fortunate to attend a meeting at Hy-Plains Feedyard in Montezuma, Kansas, on science-based solutions to reduce antibiotic resistance in food animal production.
  • Holidays support strong beef retail numbers
    The beef cutout outperformed the pork cutout towards the end of December and we think this is due, in part, on stronger beef demand at retail. Seasonally beef demand gets better in December as foodservice business gets a bump from Christmas parties and year end celebrations. This year, however, it appears that retailers also increased their beef features, helping support wholesale beef prices despite some of the largest slaughter weeks of the year
  • School kids dine on local beef
    Beef is what was for lunch – school lunch that is – on Jan. 4 at the Wall, S.D. school. Close to 280 students enjoyed beef that had been raised, harvested and processed within their local community. 
  • Peas are not beef, but they do  have a place in the protein market

    If we truly believe there will be 9.5 billion people on the planet by 2050, just 30 short years from now, we had better be embracing all the protein production we can. Many of the food futurists I have read and talked to are convinced that alternative proteins will be the choice of the elite, upwardly mobile, high income folks. That is where I disagree.

  • Beef industry finds ways to tackle challenges ahead
    By 2050, economic projections indicate farmers and ranchers will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed the growing population of the world. “For the meat industry, it is good news because estimations for how much protein will be needed is astounding,” says Kim Stackhouse of JBS USA. The projections are 40 million metric tons of beef and 100 million metric tons of chicken. 
  • Expect more robots – and other ag technology
    From autonomous cars to renewable energy sources and fuel cells, to robots, telemedicine and 3-D printing... how does it all integrate with agriculture?
  • Ag Economist David Kohl reviews 2018

    The economic books are being closed on the year 2018. With each passing day, we are inching closer to a new decade. Let’s examine some of the elements that have shaped the landscape this year.


  • Thoughts for the New Year

    End of year marks a good time for reflection – and in my case, cleaning off a messy desk littered with items I’ve torn from magazines and newspapers or printed off the Internet because they struck a chord with me as “important.”

    Before this assortment of items goes into the recycling bin, I reviewed them once more to see what merited passing on to you the reader. Here are some thoughts to carry with you into the New Year.

  • Red meat exports delivers value to corn producers
    The Intersection of U.S. Meat Exports and Domestic Corn Use, concluded that in 2015 exports of U.S. red meat accounted for 11.7 million tons of combined corn and Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS) use. 
  • Farm Bill has been signed by Trump
    President Donald J. Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 on Dec. 20, 2018.  Secretary of Ag, Sonny Perdue said it was a “Great day for agriculture.”
  • A glance back at 2018’s  positive ag headlines
    The annual Good News Headlines is a chance to feature what went right and provide a reminder to the ag industry on its successes. Below we walk you through the good news surrounding beef cattle production in 2018, which included trade, cell-cultured tissue oversight and an American Ninja Warrior.
  • Franzen shares tips for working with lenders
     James Franzen, who is an executive vice president of Town and Country Bank in Kearney, Neb. says there are five ‘C’s of credit – character, capital, capacity, collateral and conditions.
  • In the Cattle Markets: Advantage Packers
    Packer margins continue to be wide and the supply of cattle on feed continues to be high. What indicators may be followed to support such assertions and shed light on the situation going forward? Margins, spreads really, and prices can be monitored. Committed and delivered cattle can be analyzed. Forward contract volumes can be scrutinized. Here is a look at each of these categories.
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