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U.S. sheep farmers maintain numbers through 2012 drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its annual “Sheep and Goats” inventory report on Feb. 1. According to the report, all sheep and lamb inventories in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2013, totalled 5.34 million head, down just 0.6 per cent, or 30,000 head, from a year ago. Some sheep […] Read more

North/south split in U.S. cattle trends

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the much-anticipated “Cattle” report on Feb. 1. The semi-annual inventory report confirmed what many cattle market observers had expected: The record-setting drought in the southern Plains in 2011 that expanded into much of the country, including the Corn Belt in 2012, caused lower cattle numbers. […] Read more


Record cattle prices with continued volatility possible

Continued strength Lower supplies of beef, competing meats and cattle will be supportive to prices in 2013

For the third year (2010-12), prices for all market classes of beef cattle set record annual highs in the U.S. Are record highs possible again in 2013 and even 2014? The short answer to that is “yes.” However, remember that prices for each market class of cattle have different seasonal patterns, so at times 2013 […] Read more