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TOPEKA, Kan. — Educational sessions for the August 18 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Uniontown will include a panel discussion on the utilization of cover crop grazing systems, an outlook on the markets and the factors that affect them, optimizing cowherd efficiency and combating ag stress. The event will be hosted by G-Three Cattle Company, owned by the George family, in honor of Darrel George.

K-State extension beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney and Jared Pollock and Gale George, both of G-Three Cattle Company, will discuss the management considerations of utilizing annual forages as a grazing source and how to implement and incorporate these systems. Tanner Ehmke, CoBank manager of knowledge exchange, will talk about market trends and provide an outlook based on his team’s research. K-State extension beef breeding and genetics specialist Bob Weaber will discuss what criteria to consider in determining an ideal mature cow weight. Kelsey Olson, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will highlight resources to assist farmers and ranchers in managing stress, financial and legal challenges and more.

The field day will begin with registration at 3:00 p.m. and include a free beef dinner at 6:45 p.m. The event will be set up to accommodate social distancing protocol. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will be provided to each attendee.
The first field day will be held this Thursday (8/13) near Smith Center at W & S Ranch, owned by the Weltmer family. Both events are sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Bayer Animal Health. For more information and directions, click here. The educational sessions from each field day will be recorded and posted on the KLA website.

  • Weather that moved across the Midwest
  • USDA WASDE on Wednesday
  • Positioning with the report
  • ProFarmer Crop Tour
  • Reaction to the weekly crop progress report
  • Other currencies vs. the U.S. dollar
  • Turnaround Tuesday for the cattle
  • Cash cattle will continue to move higher in the days ahead
  • Hogs turned lower on a Tuesday

Brad Kooima talks about the six plus hour NCBA Live Cattle Marketing Committee meeting during the NCBA summer business meeting.  He talks on the compromise and how ti will effect the cattle producer.  At times the vote was so close they didn’t know which way it would go to represent the cattle industry.


  • Crop progress report
  • Yield information that wasn’t a big surprise to the trade
  • Collusion in grains?
  • China buying more grain as they ramp up hog production
  • Struggles in the cattle market



  • More bullish on cattle then in the past couple of weeks
  • Cattle coming around
  • Could be less cattle this fall then compared to previous years
  • August 5, 2019 $107.80 not far off from where we are today
  • Weeks…not months to getting caught up.
  • Cash will grind higher the next couple of weeks
  • Packers are willing to take on inventory.
  • COVID & retail trade & exports are amazing.
  • Hogs on the other hand struggle. Another gut punch to the trade
  • Pork product not doing well, which makes the cash market struggle
  • Export hogs are good, just need to get the short term to catch
  • Grains-we will get another round of crop rating.
  • We need to shift from supply to demand.
  • Massive exports to China


LINCOLN, NE  –  A small delegation of Nebraska Cattlemen made a big influence on national policy decisions in Denver this week during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Summer Business Meeting. The week began with policy developed and submitted by Nebraska Cattlemen’s members in the Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee. This policy directs NCBA to work with stakeholders to develop and disseminate materials needed to assist cattlemen to prepare for foreign animal disease challenges in the United States. Nebraska Cattlemen also backed policy to support US CattleTrace programs. US CattleTrace is an industry-driven entity which is a 501c3 that is developing disease traceability.  NC policy has long supported traceability for disease control purposes and insisted that the data should be held by a non-government entity that is producer-driven.


NC members were among those leading conversations during more than six hours of debate to identify a policy that would address industry-wide concerns regarding diminishing levels of price discovery in negotiated fed cattle markets.  Nebraska Cattlemen was among more than 20 NCBA state affiliates that developed and presented policy to address the need to increase negotiated trade volumes to regionally specific robust price discovery levels. After intense debate, a compromise was developed to have NCBA pursue legislative or regulatory solutions to price discovery issues if current voluntary efforts to improve negotiated fed cattle trade volumes are not successful in achieving regionally robust price discovery levels. Triggers to identify when legislative or regulatory efforts are needed, and will be developed by the NCBA Live Cattle Marketing working group by October 1st, 2020. The policy passed by the Live Cattle Marketing Committee and approved by a vote of the NCBA Board of Directors can be viewed here.

“This compromise creates a process to allow the industry to try to achieve robust price discovery levels on a voluntary basis, but provides a framework to seek legislative or regulatory solutions to achieve this goal if voluntary efforts fail.” Ken Herz – President, Nebraska Cattlemen


NC policy on accessible broadband for rural areas was adopted in NCBA’s Ag and Food Policy Committee.  The divide between rural and urban access to broadband was highlighted by the COVID 19 crisis with more distance learning, tele-med services and no-contact government interaction.  It is important that investment be made in the rural broadband infrastructure.


Originally submitted by NC, stepped-up basis interim tax policy brought forth and adopted earlier this year at the NCBA convention was adopted as official policy by members in the Tax and Credit Committee. NCBA supports stepped-up basis for assets in any future tax relief legislation.


NC past president Mike Drinnin was elected to serve on the NCBA nominating committee. The NCBA nominating committee is responsible for interviewing and selecting leadership candidates to be considered by the NCBA Board of Directors.

DENVER  – A capacity crowd of cattle producers worked for more than six hours today to identify a policy that would help resolve concerns about live cattle marketing issues and lead the industry to more robust price discovery. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Live Cattle Marketing Committee considered several proposals, each aimed at encouraging greater volumes of cash cattle trade. After intense debate, the committee and the NCBA Board of Directors unanimously passed a policy that supports voluntary efforts to improve cash fed cattle trade during the next 90 days with the potential for mandates in the future if robust regional cash trade numbers are not reached by the industry.

“The policy decisions we made this week truly show the grassroots policy process at work. We had tremendous turnout for this year’s summer meeting, clearly demonstrating that cattle producers needed the opportunity to meet in person to hammer out solutions to these important issues,” said NCBA President Marty Smith. “Despite the issues going on in the world today, we had more than 600 people turn out, the vast majority in person, to find solutions for issues facing our industry.”

Smith noted that the work of the Live Cattle Marketing committee caps months of working group efforts to find industry- and market-driven solutions to increase price discovery without government mandates.

“The policy we passed today is the result of every state cattlemen’s association coming together to work through their differences and finding solutions that meet the needs of their members, all of whom agree that our industry needs more robust price discovery. This policy provides all players in the industry the opportunity to achieve that goal without seeking government mandates,” said Smith. “Everyone who took the time to participate in this process over the past several months and throughout this week’s meetings is to be commended.”

The policy passed by the Live Cattle Marketing Committee and approved by a vote of the NCBA Board of Directors can be viewed here.  NCBA CEO Colin Woodall talked about the grass roots work done by the association.

Ken Herz is President of the Nebraska Cattlemen, he was on the committee that voted on the policy during the Live Cattle Marketing Committee.  He stressed this puts in place an October 1 deadline to get work done.

The Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting also included a full slate of both policy and checkoff committee meetings. This week’s checkoff meetings help set the plan of work for fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, as well as providing an opportunity for cattlemen and cattlewomen to review current contractor campaigns, including a very successful launch of the popular United We Steak campaign.

“The past several months have been challenging for everyone, but they’ve been particularly difficult for America’s cattle farmers and ranchers,” said Smith. “This week’s meetings provided a crucial opportunity for us to come together—safely and with plenty of social distancing—to resolve the issues of the past several months. However, it has also provided an opportunity for a reset and chance to refocus on the priorities that haven’t gone away as we battled through this crisis. We’re thankful we had the opportunity to do just that during this week’s meetings.”

  • DC Court of appeals decision Dakota Access Pipeline-removing risk for farmers
  • Higher crop ratings…some ratings the highest in 10 years
  • Some export business for wheat out of Kansas City
  • Hogs see triple digit losses…roller coaster in general for the livestock
  • Break in product prices.
  • Cash for cattle sparce
  • Safety for workers
  • Fear factor continues to reign

Tensions with U.S. & China
BUT we keep seeing export sales to them & unknown
Weather has become a non factor at this point for crops
Softer ethanol margins
Weaker dollar and the wheat market
Beans giving up the fight to stay positive
Demand for proteins


Jerry Stowell with Country Futures breaks down the Cattle on Feed & Cattle Inventory Report…

United States Cattle on Feed Down Slightly Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.4 million head on July 1, 2020. The inventory was slightly below July 1, 2019. This is the second highest July 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. The inventory included 7.03 million steers and steer calves, up slightly from the previous year. This group accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.41 million head, down 1 percent from 2019.

Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.80 million head, 2 percent above 2019. Net placements were 1.74 million head. During June, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 430,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 310,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 360,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 413,000 head,
900-999 pounds were 200,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 85,000 head.

Marketings of fed cattle during June totaled 1.97 million head, 1 percent above 2019. Other disappearance totaled 62,000 head during June, 6 percent below 2019.

United States All Cattle on Feed Unchanged Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for all feedlots totaled 13.6 million head on July 1, 2020. The inventory was unchanged from the July 1, 2019 total of 13.6 million head. Cattle on feed in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head accounted for 84 percent of the total cattle on feed on July 1, 2020, down slightly
from the previous year