Colorado Association of Meat Processors & Wyoming Meat Processors Association
  Industry News Updates 
October 23, 2017
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If any Processors or Suppliers are willing to have their highlight story featured with us, please let us know . We are looking for more members to highlight this fall!


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We will be organizing webinar series this fall on various topics including marketing strategies, website help, cutting demonstrations, cooking, and many other topics. Watch for these webinar announcements coming soon.

Several Processors are looking for labor to fill temporary positions this fall. Let us know and we will include that information on all of our resources.

If you know other processors that we should discuss membership with us, please let us know! We are currently recruiting processors in Colorado and Wyoming to join the associations.

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 Equipment Classifieds from our Processors

Model 350012
500lb capacity

Westcliffe Meats, LLC
Hank Miller
1358 County Road 140
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Phone: 719-373-0196
 Product Classifieds from our Processors

USDA Inspected Coarse Beef Fat
75# Boxes

Brothers Custom
Dave Satterwhite
383 East 1st Street
Craig, CO 81626 
Phone: 970-824-3855

Contact these processors for more information!
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Higher fed cattle weights to lift 2018 production: USDA

By  Rita Jane Gabbett  on 10/19/2017 from

USDA lowered its 2017 U.S. commercial beef production forecast slightly from last month to 26.6 billion pounds, but boosted its 2018 forecast by 20 million pounds to 27.3 billion pounds on heavier fed cattle weights during the year, according to USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report.

These heavier weights reflect the likelihood of increased overall placements of heavier cattle because forage conditions in some parts of the country are expected to offer cow-calf operators and backgrounders more flexibility in timing the sales of calves.
According to USDA’s Cattle on Feed report for August, placements were up about 3 percent, and marketings were 6 percent higher year over year. The placement of calves over 800 pounds was up 8.1 percent, and the proportion of these heavier weights to all cattle placed was the highest for August since the series began in 1996. The availability of winter pasture is expected to shift some fall placements to late winter and spring 2018.

These first-half placements are likely to be marketed in the second half, supporting larger year-over-year second-half beef production. Placements during the first half of 2018 will likely be above 2017 as supplies of cattle outside feedlots are relatively large.

Large Q4 marketings to pressure fed cattle prices

For the week ending Oct. 6, wholesale Choice beef prices averaged
$197.39/hundredweight (cwt), almost 7 percent above 2016 levels. However, prices still remain below 2014 and 2015 levels, reflecting more beef production and competition from abundant supplies of pork and poultry.

Large numbers of fed cattle and increases in carcass weights are expected to result in just over 7 percent more beef year over year in the fourth quarter of 2017. This will likely pressure wholesale Choice beef prices, USDA predicted.

Recent large supplies of market-ready cattle have prevented the USDA five-area fed steer price from rebounding off recent lows. In July, the monthly weighted average price for fed steers was $118.45/cwt and trended lower through September to $107.11/cwt for a quarterly average of $112.46/cwt.

USDA’s third-quarter estimate is slightly below prices last year, but the latest weekly price of $109.45/cwt (as of Oct. 6) is about 8 percent higher than the same week last year. As a result, USDA left its fourth-quarter fed steer price unchanged from last month to $108.00-$112.00/cwt, staying above 2016 for the quarter.

The forecast for 2018 fed steer prices also remains unchanged.

U.S. beef exports for 2017 and 2018 revised upward

The volume of U.S. beef exports in August 2017 was up 14.7 percent (up 34 million pounds) from the same period last year to 264 million pounds. Shipments to major export destinations—Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and Mexico—were higher during this period. Moreover, cumulative beef exports for January through August 2017 have maintained the pace from last month of 14.5 percent above year-earlier levels.
The USDA/FAS Export Sales Report indicates a continuation of this export pace in September.

U.S. beef exports to Japan during August 2017 were 39 percent higher than the same period last year despite the implementation of the frozen beef safeguards in August. Japanese importers are more than likely substituting frozen beef with chilled beef during the implementation of the safeguards.

USDA increased its 2017 beef export forecast by 50 million pounds from last month to 2.83 billion pounds on stronger than anticipated demand from major export destinations.

The agency also raised its 2018 beef export forecast from last month to 2.91 billion pounds based on the continued competitiveness of U.S. beef.
The National Provisioner October 2017 Page 16

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The National Provisioner October 2017 Page 56

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CAB Insider: Marbling Bred in More Than Fed In

A year ago in the Insider, we checked in on higher quality grade trends in the midst of a 4th quarter year-on- year decline in carcass weights. Marbling levels and the resulting USDA quality grades were outperforming 4th quarter 2015, a period...

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COF Up 5%, Fed Cattle Steady, Feeders Uneven

USDA's monthly cattle on feed report estimated the total inventory on Oct. 1 at 10.8 million head, up 5% from the same period a year ago. USDA's number was relatively close to the pre-report estimates from market analysts, with about 400,000 head ...

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Strong Cash Prices Lift CME Hog Futures, Live Cattle...

Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday shrugged off some of Tuesday's declines, helped by short-covering and rising prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, hogs, said traders. December futures led advances after investors bought that...

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NAMI supports GIPSA announcement

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