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Individual veterinary practice owners often struggle to find an associate to help with the caseload.

Is the veterinarian shortage real or regional?

Mentoring and partnering with farm animal practices can increase vet student confidence

There was a time when a veterinary help-wanted ad, even for a large-animal practice, would receive a healthy number of applications.  Not anymore.  A perceived global shortage of veterinarians is creating an urban-rural, companion-large animal bidding war for salary, incentives and work-life balance to attract applicants.  Why it matters: Rural and large animal practices are […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: Profit-taking drags down CME livestock futures

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Tuesday after rising to their highest price in more than three weeks, while feeder cattle pulled back from contract highs on Monday. Lean hog futures also weakened as traders took money off the table after recent gains. Traders said profit-taking hit cattle markets […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle top three-week high; feeder cattle set contract high

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures topped a three-week high on Monday on expectations that supplies will tighten in the coming months, while feeder cattle set a contract high, traders said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a monthly report issued after the markets closed on Friday, said 1.67 million cattle were […] Read more


CME October 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures gain

Medium-, long-term supplies tighten

Chicago | Reuters — CME feeder cattle futures firmed on Friday, bolstered by lower corn and wheat markets that may translate into eased feed costs, traders said. CME live cattle also gained and are expected to firm next week as the trade digests the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly cattle on feed report released after […] Read more

CME October 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (pink, purple and dark red lines). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle up on export demand

CME lean hog futures mixed

Chicago | Reuters — CME cattle futures firmed on Thursday, supported by strong export demand for U.S. supplies, traders said. Hog futures were narrowly mixed, with the nearby contract firm on good weekly exports while deferreds eased on technical selling. CME August lean hog futures gained 0.075 cents to 106.65 cents/lb., while most-active October dipped […] Read more





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‘Time is ticking’ on drought response for beef cattle sector

'We need answers like yesterday'

As Canada’s beef farmers and ranchers face drought, industry leaders are trying to find ways to secure feed and help those forced to sell rebuild their herds. B.C. ranchers are dealing with high temperatures that have “parched the grass that was there,” Kevin Boone, general manager of B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, said during a Canadian Cattlemen’s […] Read more

CME October lean hogs (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (pink line), CME lean hog index (black line), CME August 2021 lean hogs (brown O/H/L/C) and CME October 2021 live cattle (dark red line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: CME lean hogs firm on strong pork demand

October live cattle follow beef prices lower

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures gained on Tuesday on short-covering and continued firmness in the wholesale pork market, traders said. “August seems like its anchored by what’s going on in the cutout,” said Altin Kalo, economist at Steiner Consulting Group. “They’ve been surprised by the strength in the pork cutout.” […] Read more