Cattle futures defy weight of data to pare losses

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Cattle futures staged a surprise rebound on Monday despite a barrage of apparently bearish data showing a bigger US herd than had been expected – with the revival attributed by some to potentially smaller animals. Both feeder and live cattle opened weak in Chicago, running to traders’ script after a key US Department of Agriculture…


Watch for heat stress in dairy cattle

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Heat stress in dairy cattle is one of the leading causes of decreased production and fertility during summer months. These losses are apparent in the decreased amount of milk shipped, increased days open and decreased breedings per conception. Some heat stress is unavoidable but effects can be minimized if certain management practices are followed. The…


JAPAN SAYS NUMBER OF CATTLE FED WITH RADIOACTIVE HAY HAS DOUBLED

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Some beef from the cattle contained cesium exceeding government standards and was sold to consumers. Japan’s government says the number of cattle fed with hay contaminated by radiation has doubled, two days after shipments of beef from cows raised near the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant were banned. Reportedly, there are 1,256 potentially contaminated cows, says…


Saudi Arabia: Govt takes emergency action to end cattle feed

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RIYADH: The Ministry of Finance has signed contracts for the immediate import of barley as an emergency move to alleviate the acute shortage of cattle feed in the domestic market. The consignments of 2.7 million tons of barley will start arriving in various Saudi ports from early August. Delivery under this emergency measure will continue…


Record-low cattle herd could herald profits surge

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Data due on Friday expected to show the US cattle herd shrinking to its lowest on record could represent a marker on the road to a far more profitable ranching sector. The US Department of Agriculture is due later, in a twice-yearly report, to show the domestic cattle herd falling by 1.4% from July 1,…


Inventory numbers avoid historical lows

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USDA’s semiannual cattle inventory report shows a slightly larger than expected numbers for most categories. As of July 1, all cattle and calves in the U.S. total 100 million head, down 1% from a year ago and towards the high end of estimates but still a very low number, indicating at least some continued herd…


Grazing Management Effects On Stream Pollutants

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Surface water quality is important for the proper function of aquatic ecosystems, as well as human needs and recreation. Pasturelands have been found to be major sources of sediment, phosphorus and pathogens in Midwest surface water resources. While poor grazing management may lead to contaminated surface water, little is known about the specific amount of…


Buying supports corn

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Fundamental Support: Instead of a calm day waiting for the forecast, corn found early buying which continued throughout the day. Our noon forecast was spun bearish by some, yet bullish by others. Our take was that the forecast was on the bearish side. None-the-less, light volume buying was relentless throughout the day. These buyers might…


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