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Hog and cattle feeding
Profit Tracker: Cattle Margins Positive, Pork In The Red

Average cattle feeding margins improved $20 per head last week, which beef packer margins declined 17%. Farrow-to-finish operations recorded per head losses for the fourth consecutive week.

Missouri Prime Beef, Pleasant Hope, MO
Missouri Prime Beef Packers Set To Open

Missouri Prime Beef Packers - a 500-head per day facility - is set to open later this month in Pleasant Hope, Missouri.

Vermeer
Vermeer Celebrates 50 Years Of The Large Round Baler

Vermeer Corporation is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first big, round baler introduced to the American agricultural market by company founder Gary Vermeer.

Grazing western range
NCBA’s Lane Discusses Relief Payments, Transition In D.C.

NCBA vice president of governmental affairs appeared on AgriTalk with Chip Flory to discuss COVID-19 relief packages and working with the new Biden administration.

Packing plant workers
Faster Line Speeds At Chicken Plants Criticized

Line speeds at some poultry plants were increased last year, a move critics claim also increased the spread of the coronavirus among poultry plant workers. The administration seeks to make the rule permanent.

Baldie steers
Cash Fed Cattle Gain Momentum At Year’s End

Cattle feeders gained enough leverage to push negotiated cash cattle prices higher during both holiday weeks as 2020 drew to a close. Supplies of fed cattle will tick lower during the first quarter of 2021.

Cattle and hog feeding margins
Profit Tracker: Cattle Improve, Pork In The Red

Average feedyard closeouts saw modest profits for cattle last week as cash prices improved. Hog finishing margins declined from near breakeven to a loss of $6 per head.

Broiler chicks
Court Rejects Meat Institute’s Prop 12 Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the Meat Institute’s challenge to California’s 2018 ballot initiative that imposes new standards for animal housing.