Drovers CattleNetwork: Fed cattle steady as stocker/feeder markets retreat

Cash fed cattle prices traded at steady to firm money last week, while stocker and feeder cattle sold weak to $5 lower, with the full decline found on mid-weight 500 to 700 pound yearlings. Both live cattle and feeder cattle futures prices declined for the week, as did boxed beef prices. Choice boxed beef prices ended the week at $187 per hundredweight, with Select boxes at $183. The choice/Select spread is widening seasonally.

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BEEF Magazine: Beef Quality Assurance Program Introduces New Cow-Calf Guidlines

With an eye toward increasing participation without reducing standards, the national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is introducing a new set of guidelines for cow-calf operators.

The BQA Cow-Calf Assessment will feature three tiers to allow producers to enter the program while continuing to improve their proficiency in producing top-quality animals, says Ryan Ruppert, director of the voluntary program. The goal of the checkoff-funded effort is to help create a higher level of trust with consumers.

Read More at BEEFMagazine.com.