There have been a lot of questions about where specific groups of cattle fit into the categories outlined in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP. USDA has provided some clarification as to where cattle fit in each category via a table as a guide to commonly-used livestock terminology … Read More

Cattle processing challenges continue to limit the amount of beef available to consumers. While daily slaughter levels have consistently improved, they have yet to approach levels that would match slaughter-ready cattle supplies, let alone begin to work through the backlog of cattle accumulated during the past two months. … Read More

Though a somber holiday, I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day. Many of the men and women who took up arms and paid for our freedom with their lives came from agrarian roots. I doubt that connection was lost on WWI soldier and poet John McCrae whose words inspired … Read More

The number of market-ready cattle backlogged in feedyards may not be as large as previous estimates. While any tally of cattle currently waiting on available shackle space is – at best – an estimate, an analysis of 2020 Cattle on Feed and slaughter data from USDA suggests industry estimates of … Read More

Through May 17, U.S. ground beef sales increased more than $1 billion compared to the same period last year. That’s just some of COVID-19’s impact on retail meat and poultry markets, says Anne-Marie Roerink, president of 210 Analytics. round proteins were frequently among those items with purchase limitations … Read More

Communication between a cattleman and his banker is vital at this time of instability and uncertainty. TSCRA Director Ken Leiber, who is also president of the Texas Livestock Marketing Association/National Finance Credit Corporation of Texas, says communication is the key to building a relationship between the lender and … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | May 27, 2020

What a difference a few months have made for Texas High Plains agricultural producers under the financial and other strains brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic…. Read More

Temporary closures and slowdowns of packing plants due to the COVID-19 pandemic have created unprecedented product flow disruptions and price gyrations in the meat protein supply chain. Year-over-year declines in cattle slaughter progressively worsened through April. Weekly cattle slaughter dropped by 17% for the week ending April 11 … Read More

Source: USDA Farm Service Agency | May 26, 2020

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available … Read More

Join us on Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m. for a weekly COVID-19 cattle market update. This week’s speaker will be Dr. David Anderson, professor and Extension economist with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. The event is free, but registration is required. Click on … Read More