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ISSUE DATE: 12/12/2011

Exports continue to support livestock markets

By Jennifer Carrico

Iowa State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Shane Ellis said while beef and hog prices are good right now, they are also very volatile and the domestic demand hinges on the economy.

"Exports are up over the past year, which has helped hold the prices at the higher level," he said. "With the beef industry still in a retraction, there continues to be beef available."

Drought in the southern Plains has led to many cows being sold, which has affected the size of the cowherd. High grain prices continue to cause a decline as well.

Ellis expects beef production to continue to decline in the coming years. This year, beef production was down 0.5 percent. In 2012, he expects a decrease of 3.9 percent and a 2.8 percent decline in 2013.


NEWS

A case for the homebuilders
Deal reached on cleanup for Mont. watersheds
Dust bill heads to House floor with bipartisan support
Environmental Stewardship Award finalists announced
Farm computer usage increases
Food Processing Center offers seminar
FSA offers online news service
Groups urge Congress to review consequences of MF Global bankruptcy
Interim director assumes leadership of CARD
Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Hawkeyes announce donation to food banks
ISU honors College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alums
Kill-a-Watt meters available for loan
NASS analysis shows Iowa ag still a powerhouse
Noble Foundation board selects new president
Panel takes aim at America's food system
Rethinking food production with an eye to the future
United Way will benefit from farm and ranch expo
UW Extension presents creativity award
Videos demonstrate supply/demand tool

CROPS

2012 Great Plains Growers Conference set for Jan. 5 to 7
'Ag Counts' theme of Be Ag-Wise workshops
American Agri-Women elect officers at convention
Colorado cantaloupe growers ask state for help
Corn, soybean producers continue to see profits
Crops breeder: Challenges to feed the world are unprecedented
Extension offering farmland drainage workshop
Extension offers windbreak seedling trees
Extension to hold pesticide applicator training
Extension to host crops school
Family Forest Legacy Workshop to be offered
Genetic improvement propels corn yield past weather woes
Iowa State names soybean production systems agronomist
K-State announces Denim Runway Design Contest winners
K-State Crops Team claims third straight national championship
MU receives organic farming grant to study cover crops, greenhouse gases
New approaches to soil, water management focus of workshop
Nitrate treatment resource available
NMSU orchard contains some of region's oldest pecan trees
No-till Oklahoma Conference scheduled for February
No-till on the Plains meetings scheduled
Patented system reduces phosphorus in wastewater
Poultry and livestock add money, jobs to economy
Predicting crop prices in 2012
Soil and crop societies honor CSU students, faculty
Southern U.S. Trade Association hosts fall meeting
Understanding the soil nitrogen cycle
USDA announces ranking dates for conservation initiatives
Wheat checkoff makes disease resistance a priority
Wheat groups offer memorial scholarship
Wheat Research Foundation commercializing two new varieties

LIVESTOCK

American Lamb Board members appointed
Bulls weighed at midpoint
Casper rancher recognized for support of Extension service
Cattle conference, trade show scheduled
Distinguished Texan in Agriculture named
'Drive your cattle to profits' at Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference
Exports continue to support livestock prices
Horses may soon be slaughtered for meat in U.S.
Improve gain potential for suckling calves
Kansas Livestock Foundation awards scholarships
KLA names top hands
Limousin, Lim-Flex champions selected at NAILE
Measuring beef production efficiency
National Beef enters agreement to sell ownership interest to Leucadia
National Grange Convention delegates set policy
Oklahoma farmers donate beef to military
Salers, Optimizer shows held at NAILE
Show-Me-Select Heifer sale averages $1,670
State beef councils, beef checkoff launch retail marketing program
Texas Beef Council elects new leaders
UW Horse Judging Team runner up in 'photo finish'
Young Stockmen's Academy graduating

EDITOR

Maggie's Farm
Reader calls column 'whining'
The new and the old
Tree-house heaven

COLUMNS

Community Dialogues hope to connect energy, ag interests
In other agribusiness news....
It is good to be a cowboy!
Just a scoop full
Rice and beans anyone

MARKETS

Clovis livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction news
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Grains close lower
Hay selling steady
Hay trade moderate to active
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

NMSU researchers developing drought-resistant alfalfa varieties
Some farmers planting winter rye grass
Winter Ranch Management Seminar planned

FAMILY

Add a splash of color to winter landscapes
Bobwhite quail conservation gets funding commitment
Budgeting for the holidays, limiting stress
Class to cover rainwater harvesting
Decorating with holiday plants
Disaster, emergency website offers Winter Survival Kit app
Eggs make quick meals, snacks
Gardening calendars available now
'Gifts from Your Kitchen' Workshop set for Dec. 15
Host a holly jolly party
Johnson County 4-H Council offers stipends
Kids can build treats and treasures at workshop
Landowners can reduce hog hunting liability
Meditation for 12-12-11
Plitt's master suite sets it apart
Protect crops from winter wildlife damage
Teaching tweens about money
Use windbreaks for winter savings
Young tree transplants need help to survive winter

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