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Where’s the Feed (for MPP-Dairy)?

  • April 15, 2015
  • John Newton

According to the March 26 USDA Economic Research Service Milk Cost-of-Production Estimates, total feed costs now represent nearly 80 percent of the total operating costs of producing milk in the…
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Beef Expansion Is Underway

  • February 2, 2015
  • Chris Hurt

The nation's cattle producers are expanding the herd at a somewhat faster rate than had been anticipated. In the semi-annual update of cattle numbers, USDA said that the total number…
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More Pork Is on the Way

  • January 5, 2015
  • Chris Hurt

Pork producers are gearing up to provide their customers with what they want and that is "More Pork" and "More Bacon." The nation's hog producers have expanded the breeding herd…
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More Pork Please! More Quickly

  • September 29, 2014
  • Chris Hurt

More Pork Please! That has been the scream of pork consumers this year who have paid record high prices at retail. The latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report suggests that…
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Cattle at the Crossroads

  • September 12, 2014
  • Paul Peterson

The year-long across-the-board rally in cattle prices has been driven by a combination of favorable supply and demand factors which have aligned to push prices to record levels. On the…
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Rebuilding U.S. Animal Industries

  • September 2, 2014
  • Chris Hurt

Everyone is familiar with the phrase, "What goes up must come down!" Grain prices seem to be following this old axiom, with substantial questions remaining of "how far down?" For…
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Where Will Beef Cows Expand?

  • August 4, 2014
  • Chris Hurt

It is getting to be a well repeated story. Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962. Cattle and feeder cattle prices are at record highs and feed…
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