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February Ends Uphill Run on U.S. Beef Exports

February beef exports declined 6% year-over-year to 94,885 mt while value was down 3% to $581.6 million.

1 year ago
Beef Prices Finding a Reason to Hang Tough

Cattle markets finding strong fundamental reasons to remain positive despite the threat of disruption from trade negotiations.

1 year ago
The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) has named Gregory Hanes, formerly with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, as their new CEO.
Gregory Hanes Named Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) has named Gregory Hanes, formerly with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, as their new CEO.

1 year ago
U.S. feedlots with more than 500 cattle on feed increased in numbers 12% during the five year period between 2012 and 2017, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Larger Feedlots Increase, Smaller Lots Decline, Census Says

U.S. feedlots with more than 500 cattle on feed increased in numbers 12% during the five year period between 2012 and 2017, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

1 year ago
NASS reports 36% of U.S. farms have beef cows, with the average herd size 43.5 head. Smaller operations, however, are declining.
Bigger Herds, More Beef Operations, Census Says

NASS reports in the 2017 Census of Agriculture that 36% of U.S. farms have beef cows, with the average herd size 43.5 head. Smaller operations, however, are declining.

1 year ago
The conversations surrounding China may be adding fuel to the feeder cattle market right now, momentum Rabo AgriFinance is concerned won't last.
Markets Now: China Hype Creating Imbalance in Cattle Markets

Rabo AgriFinance says the live cattle and feeder cattle markets are out of balance right now; a sign that lower feeder cattle prices could be on the horizon.

1 year ago
Checkoff Reform Legislation Reintroduced by Presidential Candidates

The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act of 2019 has the support of presidential candidates and could reshape how agricultural checkoffs operate, something animal rights groups see as a win.

1 year ago
Stories of Hope Flood Out of Nebraska

As Nebraska continues to battle what appears to be the worst natural disaster in state history, stories are slowly starting to pour out of the region from farmers and ranchers impacted by the flood.

1 year ago