Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
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Apr 17, 2019 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
Texas packers have enjoyed a most-recent March quality surge with both Choice and Prime grade ticking noticeably higher when the 1st quarter came to a close.
Mar 20, 2019 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
The beef cattle trade has been highlighting this winter’s weather market for several weeks now, but the impact from last week’s bomb cyclone the cattle feeding belt has escalated problems for cattle performance.
Mar 06, 2019 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
Heavy winter precipitation has continued at intervals spanning December through early March while brutally cold temperatures add often devastating effects, and sub-zero readings continued this week in many areas.
Feb 20, 2019 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
The year-on-year carcass quality improvements are well underway again in 2019, at a pace that seems almost unrealistic in light of the hand-over-fist progress achieved in each of the past dozen years.
Feb 06, 2019 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
There’s no question that carcass weights were significantly lower in January than they would have been given a more typical weather pattern for the month.
Dec 12, 2018 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
The second half of December marks the end of the holiday run on middle meats, along with seasonally wider price spreads between quality grades and the premium brands.
Sep 19, 2018 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
Nebraska’s Prime-graded carcasses jumped 2.6 percentage points, overcoming the Choice decline for an accumulated net positive gain in Nebraska carcass quality so far this year.
Mar 21, 2018 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
An update on fed cattle carcass quality grades is anything but routine this week as we’re seeing a noted push in carcass quality, setting records in the first quarter this year.
Nov 15, 2017 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
Many industry participants are aware USDA announced more than two weeks ago that adjustments to camera carcass grading were necessary.
Jul 12, 2017 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
The summer video cattle auction schedule kicks in with full steam this week, as cattle feeders and backgrounders chew an extra heartburn tablet and set their jaws with resolve against a fairly bullish market.
May 10, 2017 by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef
A pronounced decline of industry aggregate marbling levels in harvested fed cattle annually occurs from the late February highs through May, resulting in a smaller mix of Choice and Prime carcasses in favor of a few mor