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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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Beef margins continued to decline over the first half of July, with weaker cattle prices more than offsetting the impact of lower feed costs, according to the latest CIH Margin Watch report from Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC.

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With beef production up, cold storage inventories also rose. Total frozen beef stored in all warehouses as of June 30 was estimated at about 451.2 million pounds, according to USDA’s monthly Cold Storage report, released July 22. The total is up 1 percent from May 31, but down 5 percent from June a year earlier.

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June 2016 beef production, at 2.19 billion pounds, was 10 percent above the previous year, according to USDA’s latest Livestock Slaughter report, issued July 21.

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Cattle and calves on feed in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.4 million head on July 1, up about 1 percent compared to a year earlier.

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The figure shows 2017 red meat, poultry and dairy exports as a percentage of production – calculated from the USDA’s 2017 forecasts for red meat, poultry and dairy production and exports compared with 2016 forecasts.

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Fifty years from now, agricultural history books will likely devote a chapter to the recent run-up in commodity prices and farm income boom. While much attention has focused on corn and soybean production, cow-calf operators also experienced the historical conditions.

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