“Significant snowfall and record low temperatures, especially with the wind chills, have disrupted markets and pushed both cattle and cattle managers well out of their normal operating ranges,” said Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist.
Worse, analysts expect it will take some time for ripple effects of the storms to work their way out of the system.
Spring calving is well under way. These cows are vulnerable, particularly from a nutritional standpoint. Nutritional stress could cause weak calves and more death loss this spring, and possibly poor rebreeding rates as well, that could affect the 2012 calf crop.
“It’s important to provide adequate quantity and quality of feed for cows in order to avoid loss of condition that may not be apparent until after they calve and begin lactating,” said Leland McDaniel, Carter County Extension director and agricultural educator.
Word-of-mouth reports indicated a number of stocker cattle have experienced poor performance and perhaps some weight loss for several days. The storms even caused some death loss, though it does not appear to have been widespread across Oklahoma.
“Many cattle on wheat had limited forage available, so they have already moved to market or will be moving very soon,” McDaniel said. “The winter storms caused several cattle auctions in Oklahoma to close, but they are back open and running again.”
Likewise, it does not appear that the winter storms caused feedlots to experience major cattle losses, at least those in the southern Great Plains states.
“There is little doubt that the cattle lost a bit of weight, which will take some time to recover, but it doesn’t appear that the weather will result in major fed cattle market impacts,” Peel said.
The amount of moisture in the two snow events was limited and concerns about muddy pens that often follow winter storms should be less than usual. However, the effects of the weather are likely to temper concerns about slaughter rates and beef production in the first quarter of the year.
“In short, the weather impacts on markets may not be great but are, in any event, supportive to a supply driven market,” Peel said.
Boxed beef prices dropped this past week and may be an indication of demand resistance to higher prices. However, analysts caution that the storms disrupted both consumption and beef shipments so the true state of beef demand is not clear at this time.
“It will take several days to reestablish the normal movement of beef,” Peel said. “It is not uncommon and unexpected to see boxed beef prices drop a bit after the strength of the last month.”
Peel believes that beef demand will be better indicated by the presence or absence of follow-through buying as the cattle industry moves into the middle of March.
Donald Stotts | Newswise Science News
Mathematical confirmation: Rewiring financial networks reduces systemic risk
22.06.2017 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Frugal Innovations: when less is more
19.04.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...
Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.
Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...
For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.
While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...
An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.
The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...
A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...
16.08.2017 | Event News
04.08.2017 | Event News
26.07.2017 | Event News
18.08.2017 | Life Sciences
18.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
18.08.2017 | Materials Sciences