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0111pc_np_clearspan_1ClearSpan Beef Master Systems now available in stock lengths

ClearSpan Beef Master Systems from FarmTek have created a controlled, comfortable environment for livestock. A four-foot exterior overhang keeps feed dry and allows more adequate space per cow, resulting in improved feed efficiencies and less animal stress.

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0111pc_peck_1Anyone who hasn’t been following the events occurring throughout the Argentine cattle business for the past four years will find the following astounding. Those with even a cursory interest in beef happenings across what’s been called the Western Hemisphere’s oldest beef export industry will simply shake their head in dismay. And even the most hard-hearted protectionist cattleman in this country should have some sympathy for the plight of the average Argentine cattle farmer.

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0111pc_marketreport_1November saw cattle markets continue to account for the two contrasting factors on the forefront this fall; extremely high and highly volatile grain and feed costs versus tight supplies of beef cattle at every level of production and the expectations that the availability of stocker calves next spring will not be nearly enough to meet demand.

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0211pc_marketreport_1Holiday interruptions did not stunt the demand for beef cattle, with all classes continuing to gain ground. Year-end market activities tend to scare beef producers as fears of Christmas 2003 (BSE outbreak) are rekindled and folks remember just how vulnerable prices are to the public’s perception of our product.  However, massive herd reduction has put a bullishness to the supply-side which is far outweighed by demand as exports continue to inch closer to regaining what was lost seven years ago. Unforeseen factors seem to be the only ones to threaten these inflated markets, since fundamentals appear almost invincible. Many industry members expect extremely tight supplies to culminate in 2011, which could result in all-time record high prices at every level of production.

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October was a very strong month for U.S. red meat exports, according to results compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports achieved their second-highest value of the year at $375.3 million (trailing only June's $377.6 million), surpassing the September total by 11 percent and beating October 2009 by an impressive 37 percent.

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