On the scene at the 2012 Cattle Convention, Nashville


Rabo expert paints the world ag view

The days of living in our own little world are over.

That's the message delivered to beef producers this week by Bill
Cordingley, head of the agribusiness research department for international
banking giant Rabo AgriFinance. 
"The developing world is actually leading this bull run in
commodity values," he told the cattlemen at the Cattle Industry
Convention, in Denver. "It's a broader-based bull than in '08, with many
new commodities, like sugar, participating.


AI for beef cows: Will its time ever come?

One of the “hot” topics at the Cattlemen’s College this
week is the issue of artificially breeding beef cows to high-indexing stud
bulls. People involved in that business tend to think that we lag behind the rest
of the world, that most cow/calf producers in the U.S. consider it too much of
a hassle. They’d rather just turn a bull lose.

How to sell calves on highest market

CattleFax’s Troy Applehans, addressed a beef industry crowd
at the Cattle Convention from the perspective of cow/calf producers. He said
they need to take a harder look at seasonal trends in this market.

“About 80% of the beef calves in this country are born in
the spring and weaned in the fall,” he said. “And probably 80% of those are
priced in the fall when they go to an auction. That’s a lot of calves being
priced in a narrow time window.”

Go ahead, expand, but know the risks

Staff members of CattleFax, a market outlook and research
firm (www.cattlefax.com/)  spoke to beef producers at the annual
Cattlemen’s College of the Cattle Industry Convention this week. Their message:
Yes, the market is telling you to expand your cattle operation, but do it with
fully knowledge that the ante has been upped, and the risks of owning and
feeding cattle are greater than ever.


Rocky Mountain Round-Up, or Worst of Times?

The biggest cattle show of the year will be
held this week, February 1-5, 2011, in Denver. It’s the Cattle Industry
Convention, the annual gathering of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
(www.beefusa.org/), with the giant trade show and endless meetings. They’re
calling it the Rocky Mountain Round-Up.


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