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Hulett: Weather Slows Beef Production in the South

Beef production slowed to a virtual standstill in the South due to extreme winter weather. Heavy demand on electricity and natural gas limited packers from running at capacity, and their need for inventory was limited.

Hulett: Packers All In, Market Stalled

Four packers participated in negotiated cash trade in the South last week, but their bids were disappointing as none needed additional inventory.

Nebraska Feedlot
Cattle Steady To Higher, Trade Lackluster

Negotiated cattle traded steady to higher for the week with moderate volumes ahead of a major winter storm that is likely to increase feeding costs and reduce market weights.

Tyson Alleges Easterday Conducted A “Fire Sale”

Claiming Easterday Ranches conducted a “fire sale” of one of its feedlots just days before filing for bankruptcy, Tyson Foods asks a U.S. Bankruptcy Court to appoint a trustee to take control of the Easterday estate.

Market Alley
Cash Climb is Painfully Slow

Cash cattle markets continued its painfully slow climb higher last week, and most feeder anticipated the gain would be faster. Feedyard costs are on the rise, and any gains are most welcome.

Export ship
U.S. Beef Exports Lower In 2020, December Rebounds

U.S. beef exports finished 2020 down 5% in both volume and value, but finished the year on an upswing with fourth quarter volume up 4.4% from 2019 and posting one of the best months on record in December.

Kiamichi Ranch
Nalivka: Regulations and U.S. Food Production

Regulatory activity may be the single greatest threat to U.S. food production as it impacts the entire supply chain from the producer to the consumer. It appears U.S. regulatory activity is increasing.

Cattle and hog feeding
Profit Tracker: Growing Packer/Feeder Margin Spread

Cash fed cattle prices ended last week $10 per cwt. lower than last year while the beef cutout closed $16 higher than the same week a year ago. The result? Packer margins $314 per head more than last year.