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MDARD: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Three New Dairy Herds

Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring announced the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in additional dairy herds from Clinton, Gratiot, and Ionia counties. Testing through the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory detected this case. Samples have been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories for additional confirmatory testing.

Regardless of species, biosecurity remains the best tool available to combat HPAI. On May 1, 2024, Director Boring issued the Determination of Extraordinary Emergency HPAI Risk Reduction...

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May 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry



MDARD: Designates Two Bovine Tuberculosis Testing Areas

Today, due to the detection of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in wild deer from Benzie, Crawford, and Otsego counties during the 2023 deer hunting season, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Dr. Tim Boring has designated two bovine TB testing areas. One area includes specific portions of Benzie and Manistee counties, and the other includes portions of Crawford and Otsego counties. Testing all the cattle and bison herds within these areas will help to protect animal health, public health, and market access for Michigan's cattle, meat, and milk products...

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May 20 8:08 AM, Urner Barry


American, Mexican, and Canadian Cattle Producers Sign Joint Statement Raising Brazilian Beef Concern

Today, leaders of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas (CNOG), and Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) signed a joint statement to continue advocating for greater oversight of emerging lab-grown proteins, protecting cattle from animal diseases, and promoting the sustainability of the cattle industry. This action builds on the recent statement signing with Cattle Australia and furthers the international partnerships between cattle producers.

“The signing of this joint statement is an important step that unites cattle producers across North America...

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May 17 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Brazilian Feed and Animal Protein Industries Face Disruptions Amid RS Worst Flood in History

Recent catastrophic rainfall across Rio Grande do Sul (RS), has caused what some are referring to as the worst floods in the history of Brazils most southern state. The city of Porto Alegre recorded alarming numbers where in just three days, 260 mm accumulated, equivalent to more than two months of precipitation.

Approximately 534,000 homes and businesses are without electricity, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Municipalities Confederation noted financial damages surpassing R$ 559.8 million (Approximately $110 million)​​... 

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May 8 10:30 AM, FeedInfo


USDA Confirms Detection of Avian Influenza in Dairy Cattle in Colorado

Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed a detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in dairy cows in Northeast Colorado. This is the first detection of avian influenza diagnosed in cattle in Colorado. Detections of HPAI in dairy cattle have occurred in eight other states.

On Monday, April 22, the Colorado State Veterinarian’s office received a notification of a dairy herd demonstrating clinical signs consistent with HPAI in cattle. Samples submitted to the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory tested presumptive positive for HPAI on April 24, and were confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory on April 25.

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Apr 30 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


USDA Actions to Protect Livestock Health From Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza

To further protect the U.S. livestock industry from the threat posed by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, USDA is sharing a number of actions that we are taking with our federal partners to help us get ahead of this disease and limit its spread.

Today, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a Federal Order requiring the following measures, effective Monday, April 29, 2024:

Mandatory Testing for Interstate Movement of Dairy Cattle

  • Prior to interstate movement, dairy cattle are required to receive...
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Apr 25 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


NCBA Urges USDA to Reverse Decision to End Reporting of Critical Cattle Industry Data

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Services’ (USDA-NASS) decision to cancel the July Cattle Report and discontinue the County Estimates for Crops and Livestock, among other changes. These reports provide critical data and the decision to end them is completely misguided.

“It is disingenuous for the same agency which touts its commitment to transparency in livestock markets to arbitrarily cease publication of reports which provide just that...

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Apr 11 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


USDA’s APHIS Answers Questions on Detection of HPAI in Dairy Cattle

Following the recent string of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) detections in dairy herds in several states, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the rapidly evolving situation.

As of Apil 3, 2024, six states have confirmed cases of HPAI in domestic livestock. The first confirmation was on March 25 in dairy milking cattle in Texas. Since then, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Idaho, and Ohio have also reported HPAI in dairy cattle herds.

Below are some of the questions...

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Apr 5 8:22 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Cattle Weights Resume Contra-Seasonal Gains Following Brief Stall

Cattle weights have resumed their contra-seasonal move higher following a brief stall, putting market participants on high alert. 

A string of winter storms and muddy pen conditions impacted cattle performance towards the start of 2024. Dressed steer weights shed 30 pounds during January, hitting a year-to-date bottom at 909 pounds during the week ending February 3. 

Dynamics in the cattle market have shifted in recent weeks with weights now displaying a contra-seasonal increase, reversing the declining trend seen since the start...

 

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Mar 18 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Another 38 Brazilian Slaughterhouses Can Export Meat to China

Number of license issuances in a single advertisement is the highest ever recorded in history

In the year in which Brazil celebrates 50 years of diplomatic relations with China, another 38 Brazilian meat processing plants were authorized to sell meat to the Asian country, according to a statement from the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) sent to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Map) this Tuesday ( 12) .

38 licenses were granted, including eight chicken slaughterhouses, 24 cattle slaughterhouses, a beef thermoprocessing establishment and five...

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Mar 12 8:53 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Shifting Market Dynamics Alter Trend Between Cattle and Corn Prices

Cash corn and cattle prices followed a comparable track over the past ten years. However, that tandem trend began to change starting in 2022 due to significant shifts in market dynamics for both commodities.

Omaha, US No 2 Yellow Corn prices peaked at $8.43 per bushel in June 2022, closely challenging the record hit in 2012. The rise in corn prices that year was driven in part by supply disruptions created by the Russia-Ukraine war, as Ukraine is a major supplier of grains to the world markets...

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Feb 28 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Missouri Prime Beef Packers to Close Processing Plant in April

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice to the state Monday, Missouri Prime Beef Packers announced it will close its processing plant in Pleasant Hope, Missouri due to unforeseeable business circumstances.

The plant will close on April 26, 2024, resulting in the termination of 335 full-time employees. The bulk of layoffs will impact fabrication staff. The closure may be permanent or temporary, added yesterday's letter

Operations at the Missouri Prime plant officially started in March 2021. The 100,000-square-foot facility was...

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Feb 27 6:55 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Lighter Cattle Weights and Reduced Output Pull YTD Beef Production Lower

The impact of last month’s winter storms across the U.S. is illustrated in average cattle weights, which have dropped precipitously since the start of the year.

The latest USDA data indicated dressed steer weights at 909 pounds, up 1 pound from last year but 3 pounds below the week prior. Steer weights started the year at 937 pounds, a seasonal all-time high. Average dressed heifer weights were reported at 827 pounds, up 2 pounds from the week prior but 6 pounds under 2023 and down 24...

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Feb 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Major U.S. Winter Storm May Hinder Livestock Movement

Livestock producers and road crews are preparing for a major winter storm that will impact a significant portion of the country this week. 

The Plains and Midwest, where the bulk of the nation's cattle and hog-producing regions are located, could experience heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions through Tuesday. Meanwhile, damaging winds and severe thunderstorms are expected for the deep South through the Northeast today into tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

Whiteout conditions due to heavy snowfall combined with severe wind gusts could...

 

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Jan 8 9:27 AM, UB Newswires


CME Grain Futures Pressured by Improved Moisture in Brazil

CME soybean futures began the new year at multi-month lows, pressured by improved moisture in Brazil and extended forecasts for additional rainfall. 

The March soybeans contract slipped to the lowest level since June 30 and ended with a 24 ½ cents decline at $12.73 per bushel. 

Brazil is the world’s leading producer of soybeans, followed by the United States and Argentina. The planting season in Brazil occurs from October through December, with harvest taking place in March through May...

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Jan 3 7:51 AM, UB Newswires


NCBA Secures Senate Introduction of Legislation to Protect Producers from Black Vultures

This week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) hailed the introduction of the Senate version of the Black Vulture Relief Act introduced by Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), a companion bill to legislation introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year that protects cattle producers from the devastating impacts of black vulture depredation.

“Black vultures are particularly nasty predators, and their attacks can be financially devastating to small, family-owned cattle operations,” said NCBA Policy Division Chair Gene Copenhaver, a Virginia cattle producer...

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Nov 30 11:51 AM, Urner Barry


NCBA Again Strongly Opposes USDA’s Decision to Allow Paraguayan Beef Imports

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) strongly opposes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to allow Paraguayan beef imports starting next month. NCBA has repeatedly raised concerns with USDA over Paraguay’s history of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and the outdated information used to justify Paraguay’s access to the U.S. market. NCBA is concerned that USDA’s failure to use information from recent site visits in the risk assessment may pose great risk to the safety of the U.S. cattle herd...

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Nov 14 9:40 AM, Urner Barry


CME Grain Futures Surge Amid Extreme Drought in Brazil, Pressuring Feeders Lower

Feeder cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange plummeted to multi-month floors on Thursday, pressuring live cattle futures lower as well. 

Most active January feeders touched their lowest level since June 28 and finished $5.525 lower at $245.375 per cwt. December live cattle hit a one-week floor and settled down $1.90 to $185.30 per cwt. Yesterday's sell-off lowered feeder futures into oversold territory. 

A sharp rise in corn futures contributed to the downturn in feeders. December corn surged to the highest level since August and finished 13 cents higher at $5.05 a bushel...

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Oct 20 7:21 AM, UB Newswires


Beef Checkoff's Producer Communications Efforts Necessary to Shape Current, Future Programs

Since 1988, beef producers have funded the national Beef Checkoff by paying a mandatory $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, overseen by the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) and the USDA. While the Beef Checkoff has been around for decades, some beef producers have questions about how their dollars are being spent. That's why the Beef Checkoff sets aside a very small percentage of its funds each year for the Producer Communications program...

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Oct 2 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Live Cattle and Feeder Futures Extend Their Midweek Gains, Hit New Highs

The cattle complex extended its midweek gains on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Thursday, sending feeder futures to fresh contract highs. 

October live cattle surged to a seven-week ceiling and finished 95 cents higher at $183.65 per cwt. October feeders were up $2.40 to $258.875 per cwt, beating out the previous contract high made early last week...

Corn futures were trading flat to fractionally higher at the closing bell for livestock futures and likely had minimal impact on the feeders' futures action...

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Sep 8 7:31 AM, UB Newswires


Record Breaking Heat Across Central U.S. Poses Risks to Livestock, Crops

The extreme heat impacting a large portion of the country this week has posed significant challenges for producers and their livestock. 

Highs into the upper 90s and low 100s are forecast for a broad region between the Midwest and central Gulf Coast today, according to the National Weather Service. Coupled with high humidity levels, heat indices could approach 120 degrees in some regions. While it's not unusual for August to experience heat, the current temperatures have shattered records. 

Over 110 million people across 20 states are currently under heat... 

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Aug 24 8:15 AM, UB Newswires


USDA Cattle: Aug 1 On Feed 2.3% Below Year Ago, July Placements -8.3%

USDA's monthly on-feed report released Friday showed the number of cattle in U.S. feedyards with a capacity of 1,000 or more head as of Aug. 1 at 2.3% below a year ago, slightly under the average of analysts' estimates.

Placements in July were reported at 91.7% of a year ago, about 2.8 percentage points below the average guess. The range of the guesses for placements was 3.5% to 9.6% under a year ago.  

Marketings for July were reported at 94.7% of the year-ago figure, very... 

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Aug 21 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


Leading Nicaraguan Beef Processors Remain Committed to Cattle Traceability, Responsible Ranching

Amidst recent international media attention, leading Nicaraguan beef processors have reiterated commitments to responsible ranching and traceability.

PATROL, a 2023 documentary, explores claims from communities in Nicaragua stemming from environmental conflict, including illegal cattle ranching on the rainforests of the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio promoted PATROL on Instagram, sparking conversations among many on the social media platform, questioning if cattle produced on illegally converted lands in Nicaragua could be unwittingly consumed by American households. More than 95% of the beef Nicaragua produces is exported primarily to...

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Aug 17 10:00 AM, UB Newswires


Aug 1 Cattle On Feed Projected 1.6% Under Year-Ago

Market analysts and economists participating in the Urner Barry monthly cattle on feed survey predicted on average the Aug. 1 on-feed number at 1.6% below a year ago. On-feed estimates ranged from 98.0% to 99.1% of year-ago levels. 

USDA will release its monthly on-feed report at 3 pm Eastern time Friday.

Placements of young cattle in July were predicted on average at 5.5% below a year ago. The range of guesses was from 3.5% to 9.6% under a year ago.

Marketings, or those shipped out for slaughter...

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Aug 15 9:48 AM, UB Newswires


U.S. Beef Herd Declines for Fifth Straight Year

The semiannual USDA Cattle Inventory report, released Friday afternoon, indicated that all cattle and calves in the United States as of July 1 totaled 95.9 million head, down 2.7% from a year ago.

The average pre-report estimate in the Urner Barry survey was expecting a 2.3% decline to 96.3 million head.

The 2023 calf crop was estimated at a record low of 33.8 million head, down 2% from 2022. Total cows and heifers that have calved were reported at 38.8 million head, down 2% from 2022 and nearly on target with analysts' expectations... 

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Jul 24 9:21 AM, UB Newswires


Cattle Industry Summer Meeting Education Session to Focus on Resilience

U.S. cattle producers are gathering in San Diego, July 24-26, for the industry’s Summer Business Meeting to discuss critical issues, develop initiatives, and establish direction for various projects aimed at improving the beef cattle industry. One of the highlights of the event is the education session “Optimizing Resources and Leveraging Technology to Build Resilience” on Wednesday, July 26, which will provide leaders with a glimpse into building resilience.

This session, sponsored by Envu, will feature Dr. James Oltjen, Cooperative Extension Animal Management Systems Specialist at the University of...

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Jul 17 1:50 PM, Urner Barry


June 1 Cattle On Feed Projected 3.2% Below Year-Ago

Market analysts and economists participating in the Urner Barry monthly Cattle on Feed survey predicted on average the June 1 on-feed number at 3.2% below a year ago. On feed estimates ranged from 96.4% to 96.9% of year-ago levels. 

USDA will release its monthly on-feed report at 3 pm eastern time Friday.

Placements of young cattle in May were predicted on average at 1.7% above a year ago. If accurate, it would be the first time that placements increased year over year since August 2022. The range of guesses...

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Jun 20 8:43 AM, UB Newswires


Live Cattle and Feeder Futures Snap Streak of Higher Closes

After scoring fresh contract highs again at midweek, live cattle futures finished sharply lower Wednesday, snapping their nine-day streak of firmer closes. 

The June live cattle contract closed 82.5 cents lower at $179.00 per cwt but remains overbought. The deferred contracts formed outside bearish reversals. 

Feeder futures also scored new highs yesterday before nosediving, sending most actively traded August to a nearly one-week floor. The front-month finished $4.15 lower at $239.10 per cwt while September was down $4.25 to $242.275 per cwt...

 

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Jun 8 7:17 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Cash Cattle Market Kicks Off New Month With Fresh Record Highs

This week’s cash cattle trade started off with a bang on Thursday as prices advanced by as much as $9 per cwt from the week prior. Negotiated prices in the South reached $180 per cwt, a new high for the year as well as a record high level for the Texas/Oklahoma region.  

In the North, live prices achieved $188 per cwt, also a fresh record high. Dressed sales climbed to $292.50 per cwt in Nebraska, approaching the all-time record of $298...

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Jun 2 8:13 AM, UB Newswires







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