Antimicrobial Use Climbs In 2018

Domestic sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in food-producing animals increased 9% in 2018, said a US Food And Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine, report on the subject. However, the FDA warned in the report that the data do not show how the drugs were used.  And, with the exception … Read More

October Kansas Closeouts Down

Kansas feedlots sold fewer fed cattle to beef packing plants in October than a year earlier or the 2013-2017 average for October, according to data collected by the Kansas State University Extension service and compiled by the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Denver. After the extension service collects data from selected, representative feedlots across Kansas, … Read More

USDA Raises Meat Production Forecasts

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Tuesday raised its forecast for 2019 total red meat and poultry production. The AMS said in the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report that the annual production estimate was raised because of the current pace of beef, pork and broiler production. The 2019 total red meat and poultry … Read More

Chinese Buying Boosts October US Pork Exports

Strong buying from China bolstered US pork exports in October, according to USDA data that was compiled by the US Meat Export Federation, while October beef exports were below the very high totals posted a year ago.   PORK EXPORTS JUMP   October pork exports increased 18,101 tonnes, or 8.73%, year-over-year to 225,376 tonnes from … Read More

Funds, Hedgers Move Shorter Live Cattle Futures

Both of the main players in the live cattle futures market were angling their positions toward the short side during the week ended Tuesday, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data. The information came from the CFTC’s Commitments of Traders report Friday. The report said managed money’s, a proxy for large commodity investment firms, new … Read More

Corn Demand Showing Signs Of Life

After a dismal performance in September and October, corn demand showed signs of life in November and may maintain its momentum into 2020, said Todd Hubbs, agricultural and consumer economist at the University of Illinois, in the Illinois Farmdoc Daily. Ethanol production and export sales picked up over the last few weeks, while expanded placements … Read More

Choice/Select Spread Narrowing, Remains Wide

The price difference between choice- and select-grade beef is narrowing, but the spread remains historically large and could remain unusually large into January. A look at weekly average choice/select price spreads from the USDA and compiled by the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Denver show that the spread topped out at $27.23 per cwt in … Read More