Cattle prices continue to climb as herd numbers fall


Expectations of tight beef cattle supplies and strong demand are pushing cattle prices higher this fall - a trend that could continue for the foreseeable future, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

Finished cattle prices hit their summer lows in early August at slightly below $120 per hundredweight, but have climbed back toward $130 in anticipation of small beef supplies in the coming year.

According to Hurt, per capita beef supplies, or the amount of beef available per person in the U.S., likely will be down by about 5 percent for the rest of this year and on into next.

High cattle prices combined with low feed prices - corn hit $4.32 per bushel on Oct. 14 - likely means the small number of available calves could be placed on feedlots at lighter weights than a year ago when feed prices were high.

"Lower priced feed and the expectations for increasing finished cattle pries over the next four to five months should also encourage feedlot managers to feed to heavier weights," Hurt said.

Low cattle numbers mean feedlots and packing facilities have a lot of unused capacity. Capacity is a fixed cost that doesn't go away with limited cattle supplies.

"The combination of excess capacity and high fixed costs means that both will tend to bid strongly for the limited cattle numbers," Hurt said. "Ultimately, this strong bidding gets back to the brood cow producer in the form of record-high calf and feeder cattle prices.

"Unfortunately, these conditions also mean that the margins for both packers and feedlots, while better than in the past year, will still be narrow and likely less than their total costs."

Strong cattle prices and aggressive bidding by feedlots and packers are likely to lead to a year or more of additional downsizing.

Some cattle producers in areas with healthy pastures could start retaining heifers as early as this fall. But in dry regions, which represent about 45 percent of the brood-cow herd, expansion won't begin until weather becomes more favorable and pastures recover.

"If beef cow numbers begin to slowly turn upward in 2014, downsizing of cattle feeding capacity might end in 2015 and the packing industry by 2016," Hurt said. "The years beyond 2016 should provide some expansion for the beef cattle industry, but still a slow upward growth.



The traditional draining machines used to drain dairy animals (and different creatures) perpetrate agony and physical harm that is an aftereffect of their insufficient rest stage. These organizations have over and over admitted to the damage brought about by their draining machines in US patent reports in their fizzled endeavors to adjust the issue. One universal producer expressed:

"draining machines have by and large had a tendency to perform under an unvarying draining condition all through the draining procedures, subjecting the teats to a steady level of working vacuum and to an unvarying throb of the teat liners. Such an unvarying draining condition can be undesirable, both as far as the security for the creature being drained and as far as the amount and nature of the milk acquired."

The mischief brought on by traditional draining machines results in mastitis driving agriculturists to docking tails and the normal utilization of anti-infection agents and hormones to battle the side effects. Perused the certainties that take after and audit the photographs underneath that are cases of the harm and damage dispensed and ask yourself how you would portray the impact of customary draining machines. Note that despite the fact that there are associations asserting to affirm ranches as sympathetic NONE of those associations has any criteria for assessing the draining procedure. In this manner the creatures can be subjected to a few minutes of agonizing physical misuse from a draining machine a few times each day and still be considered as sympathetic.

Truths showing the uncaring treatment of dairy animals by customary draining machines:

Cows kick a normal of .4 times each moment while draining (JDS 85:2551-2561)

Teats are swollen by the draining procedure (Irish Vet Journal, Vol 57, May 2004)

Teat waterways are physically harmed by draining procedure (Irish Vet Journal, Vol 56, Jan 2003)

Normal dairy animals survives a little more than 2 years creating milk before being butchered (USDA information)

73% of dairy cows have insufficient muscling when they are butchered (Univ. of Idaho)

Putting your finger into the same draining machine used to drain a dairy animals will rapidly prompt blushing and torment that few can continue for over a moment, not to mention the 5 minutes it takes to drain a cow.

as cattle prices go up, the abuse of cattle has not been stopped yet. the use of automatic milking system has already more damage to the cattle than we guessed.......Anybody watching dairy animals milk with a customary draining framework will promptly watch the numerous conditions recorded previously. They will take note of the complete disappointment of the milk stream to stop amid the "rest" stage which causes the physical devastation of the teat channels. The annihilation reasons scar tissue arrangement making it hard to unimaginable for the cow to give her a chance to drain down prompting mastitis and lasting udder harm.....
Further i think about that as a creative arrangement exists as the CoPulsation Milking System which is demonstrated to give a tender draining activity most near that of a calf suckling. The cows drained with this item will placidly stand while draining with this item noted to be the main others conscious approach to drain a creature with a machine. The confirmation supporting the way that draining bovines with traditional draining machines is in a general sense obtuse as it results in rehashed torment and swelling each draining consolidated with the total physical harm and obliteration of the teat waterway and udder bringing about untimely butcher of the creature. The two cows on the left each have one teat that has been swung to dead tissue by setting an emasculation band at the base of the teat cutting off blood dissemination. Different systems incorporate cutting teats off with a blade and compound blinding. Dairy farming agriculturists routinely battle with cows that basically don't prefer to be drained because of the torment instigated by the harsh customary draining machines. The accompanying photographs are a few illustrations of what ranchers regularly turn to doing so as to drain a bovine. Some will tie the creatures leg against the parlor structure, others utilize a hostile to kicker gadget. In the most cutting edge parlors the extensive dairy organizations have tended to the kicking with auto-forcing so as to index frameworks that actually pack the cow her against the parlor structure sufficiently tight that she can't lift her leg enough to kick. Indeed, even in those exceptionally current parlors the cows with do an extremely troubled "move". The mischief dispensed by routine draining machines is not restricted to dairy cows. The goat presented beneath has a disfigured udder as noted by the right half being fundamentally littler than the left. This creature has endured harm on the right side.