Beyond the storm

Beyond the storm

Beyond the storm   by Abbie Burnett Disappointing cattle prices loom like storm clouds. A third of producers are losing money, while others get by with modest returns and worry about those thunderheads. There are silver linings, of course. CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz...
Squaring carcass value and calf prices

Squaring carcass value and calf prices

MARKET UPDATE The past two weeks have featured fed cattle prices in a slowly increasing trend with the 5-area weighted average in the range of $109-$110/cwt. The higher trending CME Live Cattle futures contracts encouraged a bullish mentality for the cash market up...
Champions on the hoof and under the hide

Champions on the hoof and under the hide

Champions on the hoof and under the hide Alexis “Lexi” Koelling has been pulling a heifer around since she was three. Now 15, she’s no stranger to the winner’s circle, but you wouldn’t know by talking to her. You’d have to prod her a bit to find out she won Grand...

Dreamers and doers

If you could have one wish, any wish, what would it be? More resources, greater assets, the best genetics or something else? My recent time back in Kansas reminded me that everyone works with what they have. It’s fun to dream, but at the end of the day some factors...

Smiles, Success

By the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from laughing. Normally it’s my feet that hurt after a ranch visit, not my face. I didn’t know what to expect on my first visit to a Canadian ranch. I sure didn’t expect to smile so much and leave with a sunburn. What I did...