Missouri legislature passes Omnibus Ag Bill

An agriculture bill containing many provisions for Missouri farmers and ranchers is on its way to the governor. Among other things, the omnibus ag bill increases weight limits for grain trucks, allows for a vote on a state Beef Checkoff and protects livestock operators that are open to the public from frivolous lawsuits. Senate Sponsor Brian Munzlinger,… Read more »

Ducey vetoes Arizona animal abuse legislation

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill which would have separated farm animals from pets under the state’s animal abuse law. While the bill kept the same standards in-tact for both farm animals and pets, animal rights groups were concerned that it could lead to a weakening of standards for farm animals in the… Read more »

Smithfield to expand Patrick Cudahy plant

Smithfield Foods is planning a $12 million expansion of its Patrick Cudahy plant in Milwaukee.  Ground will be broken Thursday for the 17,000 square-foot expansion which will house four bacon-slicing lines.  This will increase Smithfield’s bacon capacity by about 10 million pounds.  The expansion should be fully-operational by December. Patrick Cudahy meatpacking dates back to… Read more »

Boxed beef ends higher

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Cattle country was very quiet on Tuesday with no bids reported. While buying interest could develop at midweek, significant trade is not expected until Thursday or Friday. Asking prices are around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 268.00 plus in the North. The kill totaled 109,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, but 10,000… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 31, 2015

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May corn closed at $3.76 and 1/4, down 18 and 1/4 cents May soybeans closed at $9.73 and 1/4, up 5 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $326.80, up $3.60 May soybean oil closed at 30.39, down 10 points May wheat closed at $5.11 and 3/4, down 18 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $161.32, down $1.17 Apr. lean hogs closed at $62.42, up $1.12 Apr. crude oil closed at… Read more »

Midday cash livestock markets

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It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not well defined. A few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 266.00 to 268.00 in the North. Significant business will probably be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout values are… Read more »

Preventing grass tetany

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Stan Smith, Extension educator in Fairfield County Ohio says as pastures and small grain field begin to green up comes the increased risk of grass tetany. Smith says the best way to deal with grass tetany is through prevention. Audio: Stan Smith, Extension educator, Fairfield County Ohio

Cattle showlists are generally steady

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The cattle market was not established on Monday afternoon with bids and asking prices poorly defined. New showlists appear to be mixed but generally steady with last week. A few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 266.00 to 268.00 in the North. The kill totaled 109,000 head, 5,000 more… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 30, 2015

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May corn closed at $3.94 and 1/2, up 3 and 1/2 cents May soybeans closed at $9.67 and 3/4, up 1/2 cent May soybean meal closed at $323.20, up $1.80 May soybean oil closed at 30.49, down 11 points May wheat closed at $5.30 and 1/4, up 22 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $162.50, down 12 cents Apr. lean hogs closed at $61.30, up 17 cents Apr. crude oil closed… Read more »

Midday cash livestock markets

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Cattle country is quiet today, with both buyers and sellers busy taking inventory. Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. Last week’s trade didn’t take place until Friday afternoon, but it turned out to be worth the weight with Southern live business generally $2.00 higher at 165.00 and Northern dressed business from mostly… Read more »