Continued COVID-19 Impacts on the Cattle Market

Through Saturday, April 18, 2020, US beef slaughter capacity had decreased by approximately 14,000 head per day due to the closure and/or slowing down of several plants in the United States.  Wisconsin has (as of the time of this writing) not seen major packers close; however, concerns are growing as confirmed cases increase at Wisconsin […]

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Marketing Cull Cows during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought significant market disruptions to beef markets. Cash sales beginning the week of April 6-10 were down significantly due to several processing plant closures. Packers that remain open are unsure of their processing capacities as they face temporary labor shortages due to COVID-19. Factors affecting the cattle markets are covered in […]

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Fed Cattle Impacts due to COVID-19

Cash cattle sales for the week of April 6th are virtually non-existent.  The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) five-area weekly weighted average Direct Slaughter Cattle Report (LM_CT100) reported data for 11,859 head on a live basis for the week ending April 3. The March 27 inventory stood at 48,706.  This […]

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Are You Worried About COVID-19 Transmission to and from Animals?

How does COVID-19 end up on your farm? Are farmers immune to COVID-19? Can you get COVID-19 from your animals? Can infected farmers spread it to their animals? Here are a few resources to help explain the situation as we currently know it. How does COVID-19 end up on your farm? It is important to […]

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COVID-19 resources from UW Madison Division of Extension

UW Madison Division of Extension has put together the following website with an assortment of COVID-19 resources on it to help people navigate through these uncertain times.  Extension Responds to COVID-19 On that page are links to sections addressing specific topics including a link to a section with several farm related resources.

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Market for profit or market on price?

Are you familiar with the popular quote from the late Stephen R. Covey, “Start with the end in mind”?  The advice given through this quote encourages forming a vision of the end goal and then developing a plan to achieve the goal.  This simple yet powerful quote is important to consider when developing a beef […]

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