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Read new forecasts and indicators involving beef cattle and feed markets. Find out what factors are affecting prices.

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Commercial beef production in 2016 is estimated about 6 percent above that of 2015. This is due to a combination of increased slaughter and slightly higher dressed weights.

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Bred cows vary in value according to a number of factors, including age, quality, weight, stage of gestation, hide color, time of year and location. Research at Oklahoma State University has examined 15 years of auction data in Oklahoma to determine the impact of these factors on commercial bred cow value.

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Common questions among producers at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention (CIC) included: “What didn’t the CattleFax analysts see when they were standing on the stage last year at the NCBA convention? And, what were the things that changed?”

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It’s good news for the Midwest and Southeast in 2017, but the Pacific Northwest will likely encounter major drought. Why? “A new El Nino is coming,” said CattleFax meteorology analyst Art Douglas as he addressed the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention (CIC) attendees in Nashville.

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After several years of strong net farm income, the recent decline in commodity prices, slow-to-adjust input expenses and falling net farm income is uncomfortably similar to the conditions producers faced in the 1980s, a period often referred to as the “farm financial crisis.”

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