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Livestock & Poultry Outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterARLINGTON, Va. (DTN) — U.S. meat production continued to climb to record levels in 2018 and that trend will continue in 2019.Total red meat and poultry production grew 2% to a record 102.4 billion pounds last year, and USDA expects these categories to increase by 2% again in 2019, to reach a new record of 104.7 billion pounds. These projections were released early Friday in USDA’s outlook for livestock and poultry, at the agency’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia.This steady rise in production kept cattle, hog and turkey prices lower last year, as well as broiler prices, which rose briefly in the first half of the year before dropping in the second half. USDA expects prices for cattle and turkey to rise in 2019, but hog and broiler prices are forecast to drop lower. Exports for 2019 are expected to increase for all the major commodities, but pork growth may be held back by ongoing trade disputes.CATTLE & BEEFThe government shutdown in January has delayed USDA’s January Cattle report, which forced the agency to rely on inventory estimates from July 2018, and current herd estimates are not available at this time.As of July, the 2018 calf crop was estimated at 36.5 million head, 2% up from 2017, and the largest calf crop since 2007. Although herd expansion continued in 2018, there are indications that is slowing. Producers indicated that they were retaining fewer heifers, and higher levels of beef cow slaughter were reported through much of the year.Commercial beef production for 2019 is forecast to increase by 3% to 27.61 billion pounds, which broke the previous record for production set in 2002. Total commercial cattle slaughter is expected to rise in 2019 by nearly 1%.Beef exports are forecast to have increased by 11% for 2018, with competitive U.S. beef prices and global demand holding steady. For 2019, exports are expected to rise 2% to reach 3.26 billion pounds. USDA predicts U.S. exports will face higher prices in 2019, but drought and flooding in Australia may limit competing supplies.Beef imports are expected to reach 3.01 billion pounds, just barely up from 2018 levels. The 5-Area steer price for 2018 is expected to average $115 to $122 per cwt, up slightly from 2018. Cow-calf operators and backgrounders will likely see lower prices in 2019, given higher projected feed prices and large supplies of cattle in feedlots. Feeder steer prices are forecast to average $141 to $148 per cwt, compared to $147 in 2018.PORKHog producers continue to expand herds, despite lower returns. Several new plants opened up in the last two years, which has added capacity and allowed producers to take advantage of expectations of strong demand.Hog inventory for 2018 was pegged at 74.6 million head, up 2% from 2017, and the largest inventory since 1943. The breeding herd was 2% higher as well, topping out at 6.3 million head. The large pig crops from second half 2018 and the first half of 2019 are expected to result in a record numbers of hogs marketed for slaughter in 2019. U.S. hog imports are forecast at 4.2 million head for 2019, just barely down from 2018.Commercial pork production is forecast to reach a record level of 27.34 billion pounds in 2019, up 4% from 2019. Despite these expected record-high slaughter numbers, the recent expansion of slaughter capacity should absorb this growth, USDA said.Pork exports increased in 2018, with low prices and increased global economic growth overriding the effect of tariffs and trade disputes. Exports are forecast to increase 6% again in 2019, to 6.3 billion pounds. Pork imports declined 5% in 2018, thanks to rising pork production and low domestic pork prices, which made the U.S. market less competitive abroad. This trend is expected to continue in 2019, with pork imports forecast to drop slightly to 1.06 billion pounds.U.S. hog prices are forecast to average $41 to $44 per cwt for 2019, down from $46 on average last year.POULTRY & EGGSBroiler meat production is expected to rise 1% to a record 43.1 billion pounds. Due to the government shutdown, current flock size estimates are not available, but at the beginning of December 2018, flocks were 1% larger than 2017. Given weak profit margins expected in 2019, flock expansion is unlikely, USDA said.Broiler meat exports are forecast to increase 1% to 7.15 billion pounds, and USDA expects prices to average $0.94 to $1 per pound, compared to an average of $0.98 per pound in 2018.Turkey production for 2019 is forecast to reach 5.92 billion pounds, after a decline in 2018. The national turkey hen price is expected to average $0.83 to $0.88 per pound, up from an average of $0.80 in 2018.The total U.S. egg production is set to reach record heights in 2019, with 9.13 billion dozen eggs expected, up 2% from 2018. As of Dec. 1, 2018, the table layer flock was 33.1 million birds, up 3% from 2017. Although weaker egg prices and higher feed costs may hamper profits in 2019, USDA expected producers to continue flock expansion.Egg prices are forecast to average $1.22 to $1.29 per dozen, down from $1.38 average for 2018.Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Facebook’s New Pages Feed Corrals Brands — And Gives Brand-Fatigued Users Some Space

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#business#Facebook#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts taylor hatmakercenter_img It might not be enough to keep Mark Cuban from jumping ship, but a new Facebook feature aims to put brands front and center — sort of. The company just rolled out a special “Pages only” feed, where brands are on full display without letting any of those pesky Facebook friends get in the way. The feature lets you access the new view on your News Feed homepage by clicking “Pages feed” on the left-hand side.  Though Page owners might be nominally pleased by the gesture, it’s hard to imagine what might inspire a Facebook user to hop over to the new view. Facebook says the new brand-only feed makes it “even easier for people to keep up with the Pages they care about most.”Corraling Pages into their own pen could at least ease some psychological brand weariness among users, a flavor of fatigue that’s already begun taking its toll on brands and users alike. “The purpose of this whole News Feed algorithm change was really because we saw the incidents of people hiding stories … or marking stories as spam has gone up, and we really want to keep News Feed as engaging a place as possible for people,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.Survey Says: People Don’t Want To See Ads In Their News Feed. Who Knew?According to a poll of almost 2,000 Facebook users in the U.K. this July, 34% of respondents reported liking multiple Facebook pages, but still hiding them from their News Feed. Some 53% of those polled thought that Facebook had become “too commercial,” citing sponsored posts, brand pages and ads clogging up their feeds. A poll by Reuters and Ipsos in the same month suggested that 34% percent of Facebook users were spending less time on the site than they had been six months ago. In the same study, four out of five people reported that they’d never been swayed to buy a product or service by a Facebook brand page, post or advertisement.Facebook insists that the median reach of Pages hasn’t decreased so much as leveled off. The company also reports that users have been hiding fewer stories and flagging fewer posts as spam following the algorithm remix.“We’re giving users more choice for what content they want to see. Knowing that the average user has 130 friends, they’re probably connected to a bunch of Pages, whether it be news outlets or games or apps or brands. It’s really a way to house all of that content but surface the most engaging things to them.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Kishanganj verdict dangerous, says Union Minister

first_imgA day after the by-poll verdict in five Assembly seats in Bihar came as a setback for the ruling NDA, Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Friday termed the Kishanganj verdict as “most dangerous” and “posed a threat to Bihar’s social cohesion.”The All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidate Qamrul Hoda won the Kishanganj seat defeating BJP’s candidate Sweety Singh by over 10,000 votes. Bagging this traditional Congress seat, the AIMIM made its debut in the Bihar Assembly. Out of the five seats NDA lost four, while winning the Nathnagar from where JD(U) candidate Laxmikant Mandal won by a thin margin against RJD nominee Rubiya Khatun. The RJD won in Belhar and Simri-Bakhtiyarpur.“In the Bihar by-polls the most dangerous election verdict has come out from Kishanganj… Owaisi’s party AIMIM has a Jinnah mindset, they hate Vande Mataram. Bihar’s social cohesion has a threat from them…The people of Bihar should think about their future”, tweeted Mr. Singh.Mr. Singh is known for his controversial comments. He is also said to be close to party president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Of late, he had embarrassed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over issues of unprecedented waterlogging in the state capital and flood in parts of north Bihar. However, after intervention of some senior BJP leaders, he has refrained himself from making statements against Mr Kumar. “It is because of leaders like him, AIMIM could open its account in Bihar”, charged Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) chief and former Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, unfazed by the bypoll results, promised a ‘spectacular” performance in the Assembly elections next year. He also observed that “Janata malik hai (voters are the masters).” State president of JD(U) Basistha Narayan Singh, however, said his party has sought a report from the poll managers on the dismal performance. But, he added, “our party’s track record has been that we keep bouncing back after every by-poll debacle.” Senior state BJP leader and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi too echoed similar views in his tweet.last_img read more

Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at official

first_imgSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCurry on Monday said he had not been aiming at the official in question when he tossed his mouthpiece.“I think once he saw the mouthpiece flying, he was already throwing me out,” Curry said before his fine was announced. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ‘One more game’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The 29-year-old point guard could be seen tossing his mouthpiece after a disputed call.Team-mate Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official in the same incident. Team-mate Kevin Durant was also ejected after the stormy end to the defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) listens to referee Monty McCutchen during the first half of the Warriors’ NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 28, 2015, in Oakland, California. AP FILESAN FRANCISCO, United States — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was fined $50,000 but has escaped a suspension for hurling his mouthguard at a game official, the NBA said on Monday.Curry was ejected after the flashpoint late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “I don’t even know if he knew where it went, let alone where it ended up. I would say I wasn’t trying to hit him with it or put him in danger by any type of stretch of the imagination.“Again, it was a dumb thing to do. It was stupid. Learn from it and try to move on and be better.“We were playing terrible, I was frustrated because I was fouling and I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top.”The fine means Curry will be free to play later Monday in the Dubs game against the Dallas Mavericks. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

a month ago​Leicester boss Rodgers explains Maddison switch

first_img​Leicester boss Rodgers explains Maddison switchby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers explained his decision to switch the role of star James Maddison.The Englishman got a chance at number 10 against Tottenham on Saturday.And he was the star of the show for Leicester, netting the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Spurs.”The change in personnel, that worked well for us,” Rodgers said to reporters after the game. “We tried to get another attacking player into the middle.”I felt at Manchester United, as well as we might have pressed the game sometimes, we needed to be more forward-thinking, so we brought him inside, and Harvey in [on the left].”He can play in a couple of positions, James. We saw him at the top of the diamond in the early part of the second half. He plays that role in behind very well.”We needed to be more aggressive in the game and take the ball, and he’s a player who will take the ball.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 4 College Football Programs With The Most First-Round Picks In NFL Draft History

first_imgWe’re now less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday.  ohio state recruits photo going viralOhio State recruits turned first round picks.Which college football program will have the best showing on Day 1? It’s got to be Ohio State, which could have five-plus former players selected in the first round. The over/under for Buckeye first round selections has been set by sportsbooks at 5.5. Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker, Eli Apple and Darron Lee are widely viewed as first-round locks. Vonn Bell is a less likely first-round selection, but it’s still possible. Michael Thomas and Joshua Perry are probably long-shots, but they too could sneak into the first round. Which college football programs have the best first-round history, all-time? Let’s take a look. Here are the four college football programs with the most first-round picks in NFL Draft history (the common draft began in 1967). Start With No. 4 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5last_img read more