DairyCast update for August 12, 2011, What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter?

The USDA crop report won't slow heavy supplies of cattle at slaughter near term.  Even though corn harvest is anticipated to boost 2010 production levels by 4%, that's still down from earlier estimates and markets reacted higher. 

We're featuring a conversation on the mass of beef moving to market due to drought in many southwest states.  Meat counter prices are being supported by a jump in exports, in no small part courtesy of the weak dollar.  The 'new normal' translates to volatility in all market segments.   

Information To Help Your Operations

  • Audio: What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter? - Drought and forecasts for little rain and high feed prices pressure producers into herd liquidation. Darrell Peel, Oklahoma State livestock economist, shares how and when to move your steers under these conditions.
  • Audio: What Are Impacts To Ag Financing And The Farm Bill? Dr. Terry Barr, CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Group, and Ross Anderson, Chief Credit Officer with AgriBank, look at finance and economic questions asked by ag producers.  Do we feed or export grain?  Turn it into ethanol? And when will the Washington debate turn to the Farm Bill?
  • Food Safety – Then and Now - Dr. Terry Etherton points out that food safety today is much better than even ten years ago. Few people would really "like to live life using the biomedical and public health resources that were available in 1850." and that media attention to food safety today tends to forget the advances in discovery and control that are in place today.
  • How can mobile help in ag? - How much time do you spend on your mobile devices? Do you ever scan QR codes to access more info from retailers or suppliers in advertising? Mobile technology was the focus of this recent AgChat conversation.
  • Audio: How to properly detect heat stress in your herd - Dr. Lance Baumgard, looks at heat stress issues in changing weather conditions and offers some solutions for your operation.

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