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Derrell Peel: Plenty Of Beef For Independence Day

In anticipation of July 4, estimated beef production for the week ending June 27 was 562.3 million pounds, up 5.3 percent year over year. 

Feedlot steers
Derrell Peel: Third Quarter Beef Recovery

Retail grocery will transition from limited beef supplies in recent weeks to ample supplies at the same time food service demand is slowly building this fall.

Drought stressed fescue
Derrell Peel: Early Drought Planning Will Pay

Drought conditions have expanded rapidly in recent weeks and while many regions do not yet face imminent actions, it is not too early to develop drought plans for your ranch.

Beef markets recovering
Derrell Peel: Beef Markets Move Past Disruptions

Barring a major setback, it appears that America's beef markets are moving past the worst of the COVID-19 disruptions that have caused upheaval in recent weeks.

Friday's COF reports shows the impact of COVID-19
Derrell Peel: COVID-19 Provokes Turbulence In Feedlots

The feedlot industry will spend much of the summer working through the backlog of fed cattle but the hole from March and April feedlot placements should provide a marketing window to catch up by this fall if not before.

Flint Hills grazing
Derrell Peel: Feed And Forage Situation

Overall feed and forage will be favorable and provide more flexibility for feeder and feedlot cattle operations. Potentially emerging drought conditions are a threat and may reduce production and marketing flexibility.

Signs Of Recovery In Beef Packing…But How Fast?

The cattle industry sees a glimmer of hope in last week's harvest data, with estimated slaughter at 452,000 head, down 32.2 percent year-over-year, but up 6.4 percent from the prior week.

An empty grocery store meat case in March.
Derrell Peel: Grocery Disruptions Amid Beef Processing Chaos

Consumers first saw beef supply disruptions in March when the shutdown of food service shifted demand to the retail grocery side where supply chain bottlenecks and a surge in demand resulted in temporary shortages.