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Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC)  
The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources. 
American Cowman  
American Cowman is a web site created especially for family farms with up to 100 head of cattle. Their goal is to offer timely, practical production and management strategies that will add efficiency, value, and profitability to cattle herds with up to 100 head. The site features a production management “tip of the week,” industry news, new products and spotlights upcoming events, beef industry commentaries, and value added ideas for small family farms. Other special features include a library of informative articles on facilities, nutrition, animal health, pasture and range management and genetics. Profiles of real producers are also included. 
Beef Cattle Herd Health Vaccination Schedule  
The purpose of this fact sheet, from the University of Arkansas, is to provide the cattle producer with a basic herd health vaccination program. It is important to contact your veterinarian to determine if additional vaccinations are required for your area. 
This website provides Cattle Basis Risk Analysis Tools to give producers the information and analytics they need to improve marketing decisions influenced by cattle basis risk. This site is completely free of charge to producers. Forecasting tools include Basis and Price Forecast and Hedge Analysis tools as well as a Market Data tool. 
A member-owned information organization serving producers in all segments of the cattle business, this site provides cattle and beef industry statistics and market and economic analysis. Its services include cattle market prices, forecasts and analysis, futures market quotes (live cattle futures and basis, feeder cattle futures and basis), and beef and meat prices and analysis. This is a subscription site. There is a free 14 day trial. Members have unlimited access to a professional staff of analysts. Cattle-Fax is the only information service that provides data and analyses based on more than standard USDA data. 
CattleNetwork provides both a free and subscription-based service. The free site is open to everyone and features news items and market data of interest . The subscription site costs $99.99 per year or $12.99 per month. The subscription includes a daily cattle trader newsletter with market information and market comments. The subscription site is devoted to market information relevant to the cattle trader. It is also possible to sign up for a free newsletter containing general news about the cattle industry, which is sent twice per week. 
Feuz Cattle and Beef  
A web site is dedicated to providing timely market analysis. Box beef prices, fed cattle prices, and feeder cattle prices are analyzed on a weekly basis. Break-even projections are provided for various cattle feeding enterprises. Various hedging and option strategies are presented each week. In addition to a weekly market commentary, more detailed stories are contained on the web site. Links to text, spreadsheet, and presentation files for down loading and links to other market resources are provided. 
Focus on Feedlots  
Created in 1990 at Kansas State University to provide basic feedlot performance data for steers and heifers, and feed ingredient prices. Each month, closeout data from various Kansas feedlots are summarized to provide average values for days on feed, average daily gain, harvest weight, dry matter feed conversion, cost of gain, and death loss, as well as corn and alfalfa hay prices. 
Fresh Beef Marketing Opportunities due to Dietary Vitamin E  
The connection between general oxidative processes and the oxidation of oxymyoglobin in beef has been appreciated for a long time. Rancidity in lipids is due to the formation of fatty acid oxidation products, and the correlation between the oxidative processes involved with rancidity and discoloration is well-known. 
Management Software Tools  
These software tools, from The Beef Cattle Institute, are in a variety of formats and include calculators for cow/calf producers, feed lots, marketing, and nutrition. 
Market Journal  
The University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension's Market Journal provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; proven marketing and management ideas; risk management strategies; updates on current ag policy issues; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; opportunities to share information and ideas; and access to the resources of the University of Nebraska and NU Cooperative Extension.  
North American Institute for Beef Economic Research  
The North American Institute for Beef Economic Research (NAIBER) is a collaborative effort between members of the US and Canadian beef industry to address complex issues facing the North American beef industry. NAIBER serves as a center for knowledge discovery and information dissemination on critical economic issues facing the North American beef industry. 
Program with payback : How to get more for your feeder cattle  
Fulltext of a paper presented at the 2005 Nutrition Conference on preconditioning programs and how their use is becoming a condition of sale. 


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Cow-Calf Financial and Production Performance: What We Are Learning from Standardized Performance
Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) documents large differences in herd financial and production performance. Measuring and monitoring key statistics helps producers identify opportunities for improvement. 115 KB
Fed Cattle Price Discovery Issues and Projections
This fact sheet discusses price discovery issues and projections. 105 KB
Fed Cattle Pricing: Basis Contracts
This fact sheet describes the forward contracting process and identifies advantages, disadvantages, and issues related to basis contracting. 116 KB
Fed Cattle Pricing: Grid Pricing Basics
This fact sheet introduces the concept of grid pricing and discusses several management and marketing implications if fed cattle are sold on a grid as compared to being sold on a live or dressed weight basis. 88 KB
Fed Cattle Pricing: Live and Dressed Weight
The objectives of this fact sheet are to discuss: (1) the general pricing process packers follow in determining bid prices for fed cattle; and (2) the steps followed in both live weight and dressed weight pricing. 99 KB
Formula Pricing Fed Cattle with Wholesale and Futures Markets
This fact sheet will identify two alternatives to common reference markets for formula pricing fed cattle and discuss an initial effort to show how the base price might be tied via formula to wholesale or futures market prices. 121 KB
Grid Pricing Calculator
This fact sheet describes a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet designed to teach several aspects of grid pricing and its implications. 103 KB
Grid Pricing of Fed Cattle: Base Prices and Premiums-Discounts
The purpose of this fact sheet is to specifically distinguish formula pricing from grid pricing, discuss price discovery implications from using alternative base prices with premium-discount grids, and show how premiums and discounts have varied over time. 227 KB
Grid Pricing of Fed Cattle: Risk and Information
This fact sheet focuses on the increased sources of risk with grid pricing. 109 KB
Interpreting Cow-Calf Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) Results
This fact sheet discusses cow-calf Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA), production and financial performance statistics calculated, and how SPA helps producers identify major cost items in their operation. 116 KB
Steer-Heifer Feeder Cattle Basis by Weight Groups
This fact sheet provides information on feeder cattle basis and identifies variables that explain changes in feeder cattle basis. 929 KB
Understanding Livestock Pricing Issues
This fact sheet explains the differences between price discovery and price determination, identifies how they are interrelated, and provides an indication when price discovery concerns may increase. 78 KB


Associations and Organizations
BEEF.ORG - National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the homepage of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the site contains information on Cattle Industry Conventions and Meetings, NCBA government affairs efforts, cattle industry news, addresses and links to members of the Federation of State Beef Councils and other informaion. It also provides access to web sites funded by the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the Federation of State Beef Councils.
Livestock Marketing Association
The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) began as a grass roots organization dedicated to providing auction marketers with access to the latest industry information and a voice in federal and state government. LMA remains committed to upholding a strong tradition of industry leadership by promoting the best interests of livestock marketers, providing a continuum of valuable services and key information on vital issues like revenue protection, key legislation and industry advancement.
A non-profit membership association, R-CALF USA's mission is to represent the U.S. cattle industry in trade and marketing issues to ensure the continued profitability and viability of independent U.S. cattle producers.
U. S. Meat Export Federation
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is a nonprofit trade association working to create new opportunities and develop existing international markets for U.S. beef, pork, lamb and veal. The site provides information regarding animal health and meat nutrition, world economic trade analysis and data, as well as multi-language international meat manuals. USDA and other government regulations for meat plant safety and quality control are also available along with scientific research papers from government, university and industry experts on meat producing, trading, processing and packing.
United States Cattlemen's Association
Website devoted to the aims of the Association -- "To present an effective voice for the United States cattle industry. USCA is dedicated to, and focused on, efforts in Washington, DC to further the interests of cattle producers on mandatory country of origin labeling, international trade, market competition, reform of the mandatory beef checkoff, animal health, welfare and identification, private property rights and other issues that affect the U.S. cattle industry." The site features current news of interest, the policies and by-laws of the organization, a virtual library on current cattle industry issues, a list of officers and committees, committee chairs and members and other items of interest.
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