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The beef industry is resilient, even stronger, despite a partial government shutdown

Looking back on the adverse effects of the government shutdown in other areas, the beef industry handled it just fine.  The private reporting services that cater to the industry were pretty accurate and the markets seemed very transparent, both on … Continue reading

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Government shutdown lowdown for our industry

With the advent of the government shutdown, there has been some confusion over the jobs of Federal Beef inspectors in packing plants. These jobs are considered essential to the public good and will continue uninterrupted.  This is good news, for … Continue reading

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Rain on the plains

I am happy to see some encouraging signs of trend changes in the industry of late. The first one is the weather. There has been a rather significant amount of rainfall in the past month centered predominately in Southeast Kansas, … Continue reading

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Endurance is patience concentrated*

In my last column, I stressed patience concerning unfavorable cattle feeding margins. Well, it looks like my patience is going to be tested for quite a while! Margins continue to run in the red with little end in sight. The … Continue reading

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Patience in the Industry

In my last column, I stressed patience concerning unfavorable cattle feeding margins. Well, it looks like my patience is going to be tested for quite a while! Margins continue to run in the red with little end in sight. The … Continue reading

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Patience is key to long term success

We’re going through some very challenging times in the cattle feeding industry.  Losses have been sustained now for well over a year.  I believe the reason for this is an over capacity in the industry of roughly 20% to 25%.  … Continue reading

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Technicals versus Fundamentals

The Ag commodity markets have become to me much more perplexing in the last couple of months. I consider myself more of a technical trader than a fundamentalist, but I will admit that at the end of the day fundamentals … Continue reading

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The State of Commodities

Lately, the state of commodities seems to be mirroring the state of the rest of the world; namely incredibly volatile. The world and its happenings seem to affect just about everyone in some shape or form. I would submit the … Continue reading

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Our First Blog Post

For anybody involved in commodity markets, the last eighteen months have been a real whirlwind. The amount of money to be made or unfortunately lost is unprecedented. It really is a stark contrast to the meager returns offered by financial … Continue reading

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