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I can honestly say inserting myself into a conversation is difficult from time to time. As a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Oklahoma, I don’t take credit for things I don’t earn. I don’t raise havoc when things get tough.

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The volatile trade negotiations that have taken place between the U.S. and Mexico over the last few months are leaving the U.S. beef industry on edge and unsure of the future.

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Losses lead to recovery and donations in aftermath of winter floods

The losses are heartbreaking and the devastation staggering from the March blizzard meteorologists described as a bomb-cyclone, a hurricane over the Plains.

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April exports of U.S. beef and pork were lower than a year ago, while U.S. lamb exports continued their upward trend, according to data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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The American Angus Association announced Mark McCully as chief executive officer. McCully will start his role June 10. As CEO, he will lead the association and serve as the vice chairman for each of the association’s entities: Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Angus Genetics Inc. and the Angus Foundation.

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The past several months have seen considerable volatility in cattle and grain markets, and it is doubtful the volatility will fall off over the next several weeks. Repeated storms across the Upper Midwest have delayed a lot of corn planting that will likely become soybean plantings. The immediate forecast shows little prospects of drying out and heating up, and the continuous trade-related surprises … Well, at this point in time, I am less surprised. I would be surprised without the emergence of news or announcement, and a Cattle on Feed report. Let's talk about that.

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