Improved Weather Conditions and Record Prices Forecast for Cattle Industry

first_img By Gary Truitt – Feb 5, 2014 Improved Weather Conditions and Record Prices Forecast for Cattle Industry Home Indiana Agriculture News Improved Weather Conditions and Record Prices Forecast for Cattle Industry Cattlemen and women gathered today at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show to hear CattleFax market analysts’ projections for the year ahead. Creighton University Professor Emeritus Art Douglas told the audience he expects improved moisture conditions in the majority of the United States, including improvements of the drought-affected areas of the west coast. As precipitation returns back to more normal levels for the 2014 growing season, CattleFax predicts farmers in the U.S. should grow an adequate corn crop to build the carry over supply. The improved corn supplies should assure lower corn/input costs over the next 12-24 months, according to CattleFax Grain Market Analyst Mike Murphy. “The lower input cost will have a direct correlation to improved feeder cattle and calf values in 2014 and with continued  help from Mother Nature, we will be in better shape with regard to hay supply and prices moving forward,” Murphy said.Global Market Specialist Brett Stuart indicated that beef exports are expected to be near even in 2014 with record high prices being the limiting factor. At the same time, expectations are for beef imports to be near even, despite the need for 90 percent trim due to the expected lower non-fed slaughter rates in the U.S. The driving factor for stagnant imports is the growth of China demand for global beef which will continue to divert beef from Australia into the China market and away from the U.S. market.CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good indicated the combination of improved moisture conditions resulting in lower input costs and record high calf values should lead to beef cow herd expansion beginning in 2014.Beef production in the U.S. will fall, with per-capita supply declining 4.5 percent. However, he said the pork and poultry supplies are expected to increase, leaving total meat supplies near even. CattleFax projects the Retail Beef Demand Index will improve by one percent due to continued modest economic growth.  “As we think about our consumers today, not only domestically but globally, they’re a lot more diverse than they have been in past,” Good said. “We’ve got different customers with different preferences and different pockets books.”Good said because of the continued tighter feeder cattle supply, the margin segments of the beef production system, both feed yards and packers, will struggle with excess capacity. Look for continued closure of both packing and feeding entities over the next 12-24 months.Prices are expected to average $135 compared to $126 during 2013, an increase of seven percent. Yearling prices are expected to average $168, an increase of 13 percent from the 2013 average of $146. According to Good, calf prices will average $193, up 13 percent from last year’s average of $168. “After years of tightening supplies, the cow-calf sector will again remain in the driver’s seat during 2014,” Good said.CattleFax CEO Randy Blach summarized the year ahead by saying almost all segments of the production chain will be profitable, although margin operators will continue to face challenges over the next few years.Blach remains optimistic for the long-term cattle industry as the profit incentives will result in a larger U.S. cattle herd over the next five years, creating business opportunities for those willing to adapt to a dynamic and changing business environment. “You can start to see the globalization of the protein markets from the 1990’s on,” Blach said. “We have the most efficient production system in the world and we are the largest exporter of protein onto the global market.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFarm Bureau Testifies on EPA OverreachNext articleMore Farmer Options with New Farm Bill Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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Donegal group begin anti-austerity trek to Dublin

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week An anti-austerity walk from Malin Head to Dublin gets underway today.The trek, expected to take three weeks, is being undertaken by Donegal Action Against Austerity.One of those taking part is unemployed builder Joe MurphyHe believes what they are undertaking will make a difference:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/joew1pmwalk.mp3[/podcast] PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Newsx Adverts By News Highland – March 9, 2012 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Donegal group begin anti-austerity trek to Dublincenter_img Twitter Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal allocated 4.5 million to tackling racism and sectarianismNext articleStrabane Navy Officer charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

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Government Shutdown Could Stall Long Island Sandy Recovery

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congressional Republican leaders’ government shutdown Tuesday stemming from their refusal to fund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, could threaten—among many other things—Long Island’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, officials said.At risk is the Fire Island to Montauk Point storm mitigation plan, a $700-million project a half-century in the works to rebuild dunes on the barrier island and raise thousands of flood-prone South Shore LI homes. The project, stalled for decades by funding concerns, was finally slated to begin this winter with Sandy aid backing.“The District could experience some impacts to staffing in general that could potentially lead to impacts to ongoing work depending on how long the partial shutdown continues, regardless of the work’s funding status,” said Chris Gardner, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency leading the effort.He added that in the meantime, plans are moving ahead on the project, known as FIMP, which is already funded through supplemental funds, and is not subject to the direct impacts of the lapsed federal budget.“Work on FIMP and other previously funded projects and studies should continue moving forward through the current partial government shutdown,” Gardner added.LI federal workers furloughed for the shutdown include IRS employees, nearly all of the 218 “dual status” technicians at the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Air Base in Westhampton and National Park Service rangers at Sagamore Hill and the Fire Island National Seashore.Open for business were the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. District Court in Central Islip, federal law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service field office in Holtsville and Calverton National Cemetery, which is funded through Oct. 15. Social Security is open to handle urgent issues such as appeals, but applications for a social security number and to replace a social security card will not be processed.Scores of New Yorkers signed up at the state’s health benefit exchange, both the online insurance plan marketplace and at offices in Hauppauge and beyond LI, despite the government shutdown.President Barack Obama pleaded with congressional leaders, namely Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who rallied Republicans to block the funding, to negotiate a settlement to the stalemate before the shutdown went into effect at midnight Tuesday. LI lawmakers were equally frustrated, including Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who tried to rally moderate Republicans in the House of Representatives to resolve the shutdown before the deadline on Monday.“My GOP colleagues should not demand a ransom for simply fulfilling their responsibilities,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). “That is not negotiating or governing in good faith.”last_img read more

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Why net neutrality matters to credit unions

first_imgYou may have read something online about Net Neutrality. Or, your techie friend insisted you submit a comment to the FCC about it.  “The fate of the Internet rests on our speaking out!”, or something along those lines.What is it, and why am I talking about it on a credit union blog?Put simply, it’s the principle that all information is treated equally.  And, without it, could mean the end of credit unions.Net Neutrality has always been a part of the World Wide Web, from its humble beginnings.  Tiny upstarts like Google and Netflix got to where they are today because of net neutrality.  How?  Let’s revisit the early days of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  They are the companies we pay to get us online.  In the early days, it was done through the screeching modem and a list of phone numbers.  Now, it’s your cable, fiber, or DSL connection.  In the 90s, dial-up was common and there were multiple choices for service.  The precursor to my own company ran on an ISP out of Miami.  They were great; fair pricing, experienced support, and we knew we were supporting a local business.  The web through one ISP was the exact same web as through another.  As a result, you knew that your website would load on any other person’s computer, and at approximately the same speed, no matter who they paid to get online, or where they were located. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Why are some S. Koreans who recovered from the coronavirus testing positive again?

first_imgSouth Korean health officials are investigating several possible explanations for a small but growing number of recovered coronavirus patients who later test positive for the virus again.Among the main possibilities are re-infection, a relapse, or inconsistent tests, experts say.South Korea had reported 141 such cases as of Thursday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Topics : Re-infection or relapse? Although re-infection would be the most concerning scenario because of its implications for developing immunity population, both the KCDC and many experts say this is unlikely.Instead, the KCDC says it is leaning toward some kind of relapse or “re-activation” in the virus.A relapse could mean that parts of the virus go into some kind of dormant state for a time, or that some patients may have certain conditions or weak immunity that makes them susceptible to the virus reviving in their system, experts said.center_img A recent study by doctors in China and the United States suggested the new coronavirus can damage T lymphocytes, also known as T cells, which play a central role the body’s immune system and ability to battle infections.Kim Jeong-ki, a virologist at the Korea University College of Pharmacy, compared a relapse after treatment to a spring that snaps back after being pressed down.”When you press down a spring it becomes smaller, then when you take your hands off, the spring pops up,” he said.Even if the patients are found to have relapsed rather than to have been re-infected, it could signal new challenges for containing the spread of the virus.”South Korean health authorities still haven’t found cases where the ‘reactivated’ patients spread the virus to third parties, but if such infectiousness is proven, that would be a huge problem,” said Seol Dai-wu, an expert in vaccine development and a professor at Chung-Ang University.Limits of testing Patients in South Korea are considered clear of the virus when they have tested negative twice in a 48-hour period.While the RT-PCR tests used in South Korea are considered generally accurate, experts said that there are ways they could return false or inconsistent results for a small number of cases.”RT-PCR tests boast an accuracy of 95%. This means that there still can be 2-5% of those cases that are detected false negative or false positive cases,” Kim said.Remnants of the virus could remain at levels too low to be detected by a given test, Seol said.On the other hand, the tests may also be so sensitive that they are picking up small, potentially harmless levels of the virus, leading to new positive results even though the person has recovered, Kwon Jun-wook, deputy director of KCDC said at a briefing on Tuesday.The tests could also be compromised if the necessary samples are not collected properly, said Eom Joong-sik, professor of infectious diseases at Gachon University Gil Medical Centre. last_img read more

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Senegal keeper Coundoul ready for new South Africa PSL challenge

first_imgNew Platinum Stars goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul says he hopes to make a lasting impression in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.The Senegalese number one has competed in Cyprus and the United States and says he is looking forward to playing in South Africa.”It is a challenge because as much as I played for Senegal against African teams I haven’t played in the continent’s local leagues,” he says.”But I’m up for the challenge and I hope to leave a mark. I will do my best at all times for Platinum Stars,” he adds in an interview with Kick Off.Coundoul, who played against Ghana (they beat the Stars), South Africa and Algeria in the recent 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with the match ending, has played with some big names during his career abroad.He was a teammate of Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls a few years ago. –last_img read more

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President Trump: “I’m taking hydroxychloroquine”

first_imgPresident Donald Trump announced on Monday that he’s been taking a single dose of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine daily and has been doing so for a week-and-a-half as a prophylactic. “I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable event. “A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it.”The president said “what do I have to lose?” And he backed up his statement by saying he’s received lots of good feedback about the drug and it’s effects on the deadly coronavirus.He said the lupus drug which is an anti-inflammatory was not recommended by the White House doctor but he asked if he could take it and the doctor said yes.The president says he is continually tested for COVID-19 and he is negative. He says he has no symptoms and he feels great.The FDA issued a warning last month that the unproven drug should only be taken in hospitals because of the risk of heart complications. There’s no substantiated evidence that taking hydroxychloroquine prevents COVID-19 infections.last_img read more

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Regular Season Title Within Reach for Selkirk College Saints Hockey Team

first_imgWith three games remaining in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season, the Selkirk College Saints hold the fate of home ice advantage for the post season in their own hands.Coming off a pair of playoff-like contests against rival Simon Fraser University this past weekend at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, each team captured a victory which means the Saints can finish first overall in the league by closing out the season on a winning streak.“It’s now up to us,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “We have the opportunity to clinch home ice throughout the playoffs and give ourselves the best opportunity to succeed.”Simon Fraser came into the weekend as the BCIHL’s top team and after a back-and-forth opening period on Friday night, the game stayed level at zeroes. Early in the second period, Saints’ forward Alex Milligan scored on the powerplay to give the home side the lead, but four minutes later Simon Fraser’s Michael Sandor tied the game.A mere 11 seconds after that, rookie Marcel Fuchs restored the Selkirk College lead and by the midway point of the middle period, Tylor Branzen and Ryon Sookro would make the advantage 4-1.Simon Fraser added to a wild second period with a goal by Mathew Berry-Lamontagna to close the gap and Jono Ceci made it close midway through the third period, but Selkirk College held on for the 4-3 victory.“It was an extremely exciting game and it was good to see some guys get rewarded for hard work,” says Heaven.“Overall it was a good, solid playoff atmosphere. Those are the games you are going to expect to have to play and it’s a battle.” On Saturday night, it was the Saints who came out strong in the first period with defenceman Arie Postmus scoring his first goal of the season and Branzen adding a powerplay marker for a 2-0 first period lead.The Clan scored with two minutes left in the second period to narrow the gap and with 37 second remaining on the clock in third, Berry-Lamontagna scored to send the game into overtime.Though the Saints dominated the overtime period, Simon Fraser goaltender Jordan Liem kept the puck out of the net. The game went to shootout where the visitors came out on top to steal the victory.Despite the loss, Heaven says the outstanding play of veteran goaltender James Prigione over the entire weekend came at the perfect time.“James was fantastic for us last year in playoffs, he was one of the big reasons why we were able to succeed,” Heaven says of the team’s third straight league title last March.“He has had the opportunity to carry most of the weight this season and we’re extremely happy with what he has been able to do. Hopefully he can sustain that because goaltending will be important when the playoffs begin.”After the dust settled on weekend action, Simon Fraser continues to hold a one-point advantage in the standings but the Saints have a game-in-hand.The Saints and SFU will complete their third game in a row on Friday night in Burnaby where the stakes will be even higher. They then travel to Trinity Western University on Saturday night to take on the formidable Spartans.The regular season wraps up at home on Saturday, March 5 when the Eastern Washington University Eagles visit Castlegar.“Compared to other buildings in our league, the atmosphere we have in our own rink is huge,” Heaven says of the desire to clinch top spot.“We get 1,000 people to the games for playoffs and it’s huge to play in a loud building where there is support from fellow students and the great hockey fans in our communities. When we are in a situation to succeed, the fans really get behind us and give us that extra spark we need.”The Saints have clinched a playoff spot. The first best-of-three round will take place on the March 11-13 weekend and the league championship series is set for March 18-20.last_img read more

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