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Cattle Feeding Equity Rebuilding - But Profit Cycle End in Sight?
Feedyard Death Loss Continues To Rise
Ground Beef Nation?
Will changing consumer preferences affect the way we feed cattle?

Ration Prices Leveling Off
Variability of Feeding Performance

 



Feedlot Data Snapshot


Year2014
MonthJune
Average Daily Gain3.24
Feed Conversion (DM)6.29
Days on Feed177
Total Cost of Gain97.17
Feed Cost of Gain91.07
Avg Daily Intake (DM)20.36
Placement Weight663
Finish Weight1327
Vet/Med Costs22.03
Death Loss (%)0.02



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Cattle Feeding Equity Rebuilding - But Profit Cycle End in Sight? By: Shawn Walter Published: 06/12/2014
The PCC estimate for May feeding profit came in at $183 per head for steers and $175 for heifers, which is $322 per head better than May 2013. That’s a big year-to-year swing.
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Feedyard Death Loss Continues To Rise By: Shawn Walter Published: 05/25/2014
A re-occurring theme in the PCC points to consider for the last couple of years has been observations of increasing death loss. The trend really started out in heifers first, but increased levels of steer death loss soon followed. And by the end of 2013, death loss among steers had increased from 1.34 to 1.96 for an annual average. The trend has followed into 2014 with same-month year to year comparisons coming in above 2013.
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Ground Beef Nation?
Will changing consumer preferences affect the way we feed cattle?
By: Shawn Walter Published: 04/24/2014
In January, Rabobank’s AgFocus publication featured a paper titled Ground Beef Nation: the effect of changing consumer tastes and preferences on the U.S. Cattle Industry. The paper caused quite a stir, and has been the topic of many beef industry editorials. My first reaction to the editorials I read and the conversations I had with others in the industry was that this paper was an overgeneralization if not a sensationalized analysis written by some economist in an ivory tower with little understanding of cattle feeding. Then I find out that it was written by Don Close, who was formerly the Director of Marketing for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. I immediately knew I needed to contact Don and get a copy of the actual paper.
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Total cost-of-gain dropped 3.5 cents per pound to 96.33 and is now lower than it has been since March 2011. Ration prices the last several months combined with seasonal improvements in performance should continue to drive closeout cost of gains into the low 90’s.
Average Daily Gains have been exceptional for all of 2014 At 3.17 pounds per day, May steer closeouts continue to show record high daily gains.

Conversions are a little better than last year, running in the same ranges as 2010 and 2013 but not nearly as good as they were in 2011 and 2012.
Death Loss on Steers dropped below previous year levels on May closeouts but still remains above the 5 year average. Death losses should drop seasonally through the next several months.