Now 10 cases of H5N2 in Wisconsin

Two more cases of the H5N2 avian influenza confirmed in Wisconsin on Monday.  One is a 182,368-bird turkey flock in Barron County the other is 127,970-bird commercial chicken farm in Jefferson County.  This makes 10 confirmed cases of the virus in Wisconsin: five in Barron County, three in Jefferson County and one-each in Chippewa and… Read more »

Showlists look smaller

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As expected. Cattle country is quiet with bids and asking prices not developed, although a few asking prices have been suggested around 163.00 in the South and 263.00 in the North. The new showlists collected earlier in the day appear to be generally smaller, especially in the South. The kill was estimated by USDA at… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 4, 2015

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May corn closed at $3.58 and 3/4, down 1 cent May soybeans closed at $9.83, up 14 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $315.80, up $1.10 May soybean oil closed at 32.47, up 103 points May wheat closed at $4.69 and 1/4, down 3/4 cent Jun. live cattle closed at $150.72, up $1.55 Jun. lean hogs closed at $81.82, up 57 cents Jun. crude oil closed… Read more »

Midday cash livestock markets

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The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the distribution of the new show lists. Bids and asking prices are not established as of yet. The majority of last week’s business was delayed until Friday, with Southern business $2.00 higher at mostly 160.00. Northern dressed business ranged from 253.00 to 256, mostly… Read more »

Consumers just don’t know about GMOs

The NPD Group analyzes consumer behavior across a host of industries.  They conducted a survey of 2,100 primary grocery shoppers across the country to gather consumer attitudes and perceptions of Genetically Modified foods or GMOs.  Darren Seifer is Food and Beverage Analyst for the company, he says they found that when asked: What are GMOs? “One of… Read more »

Feedlot trade was light

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A few more cattle traded on Friday afternoon, but business In general seemed rather light with both sides reluctant to compromise. Live deals in the South were generally 2.00 higher than last week at 160.00. Live sales in the North were also at 160.00 near steady with the previous week. Regional buyers in the North… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 1, 2015

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May corn closed at $3.59 and 3/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $9.68 and 1/2, down 10 cents May soybean meal closed at $314.70, down $4.20 May soybean oil closed at 31.44, down 7 points May wheat closed at $4.70, up 3 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $147.17, down 52 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $81.25, down 17 cents Jun. crude oil closed at $59.15, down… Read more »

Midday cash livestock markets

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Packer inquiry into the cattle is improving, USDA Mandatory is reporting a light trade in Kansas at 160.00, 2.00 higher than last week, but most operators continue to pass bids of 160.00 in the South. A few steers have been reported sold in Nebraska at 160.00. Texas saw some trade yesterday at 157.00 to 158.00…. Read more »

May is Beef Month

May is National Beef Month.  Indiana Beef Council executive vice president Joe Moore says it’s an opportunity to educate consumers of all ages about beef.  “We have reached out on some different things to schools to help people explain the beef production process to middle school and high school kids,” he says.  “We are inviting… Read more »

A few cattle trade in the north

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DTN reported a few cattle traded in parts of Nebraska on Thursday afternoon at 253.00 dressed basis, but for the most part business remained at a standstill. A few bids were reported in the South at 157.00 to 158.00 and 159.00 live in Iowa. Asking prices are around 161.00 plus in the South and 260.00… Read more »