Blog - USA

  • May 16, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Is the seven-month climb ending? Some warning signs!

    Our previous posts have chronicled the dramatic climb in the cattle market since last fall, while more recently we have …

  • May 15, 2017

    Family Tradition

    Dane and Jennifer Driver come from a long family tradition of ranching and horsemanship. The Driver Ranch was homesteaded in 1878, making Dane a 6th generation Texas rancher. Dane’s wife, Jennifer grew up on a central …

  • May 8, 2017

    A couple years ago tragedy struck the Santellana family when they lost a grandson. After experiencing sincere benevolence from the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Houston, TX, Joe Santellana, Production Manager in Friona, TX …

  • May 4, 2017

    The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) went into effect in January of this year. After four months of implementing the new practices involved in these restrictions on medicated feeds, what do producers and dealers have to say about the …

  • May 2, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    If you want security, reliability and predictability along with smooth, dependable returns, the beef business is not the place to be.

    It’s doubtful too many sectors of …

  • April 18, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Last edition, we expressed the idea it was time to start watching for topping signals in the rising cattle market.

    The market had come a long, long way from its dismal lows of …

  • April 4, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Cattle prices have been on the rise for about five months. The comeback has occurred following the severe, merciless bear market that pounded beef producers to the mat during …

  • March 27, 2017

    Fred Danley has spent his life with race horses. Growing up the son of horse trainer Ike Danley, he started training full-time at 16 years old. Just three years later, at 19, he became the youngest trainer to ever win the Kansas …

  • March 21, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    A major low was notched last fall for cash cattle prices and cattle futures, as you know.

    Will prices go back to that low ebb?

    The futures market is saying “yes.”

    Deferred …

  • March 7, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    There are plenty of differences between U.S. and Canadian cattle producers, not the least of which is how quickly they have been expanding their herds over the past few years. …

  • February 23, 2017

    Last week Hi-Pro Feeds employees in the Okotoks, Alberta office celebrated Canada’s Agriculture Day (#CdnAgDay), by reflecting on the numerous ways agriculture has impacted their lives. Many of our employees grew up, and live in …

  • February 22, 2017

    By John DePutter and Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    When the supply of any commodity is heavy, and prices are low, there’s often lots of talk about demand as well. Questions such as: “Will the supply overwhelm the market or …

  • February 9, 2017

    Extraordinary young men and women are up early, and out in the barns patiently feeding, exercising, and grooming their show animals. Year after year, cattle raised on the Hi-Pro Feeds Beef Show Ration have excelled in livestock …

  • February 7, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    The Jan. 31 USDA cattle inventory report may have contained some bearish surprises compared to analyst expectations, but the fact the American herd is still expanding was no …

  • January 24, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    There’s little doubt the deep market losses experienced through most of 2016 stung many North American cattle producers, but any slowdown in cattle production at this point …

  • January 26, 2017

    Collin Welper, 15 years old from Shallowater, TX, is quite accomplished for a youth his age. In 2015, Collin won best in his class at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. The following year, he won best in Middle Class Hereford at …

  • January 10, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    After a terrible 2016, it looks like a better year ahead for North American cattle producers.

    Not that it should be all that difficult. Indeed, a lot of people could say, “ …

  • January 5, 2017

    Raising a beef animal for the show ring is a long, time-consuming project involving many hours of feeding, grooming, exercising, and halter training. Every aspect of the project is vital to having success in the ring. “It’s …

  • December 29, 2016

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    As we enter the New Year, it is a good time to look forward and consider what might lie ahead and how it may impact market prices.

    Futures could dip, October lows should …

  • December 13, 2016

    By John DePutter and Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    The nature of markets is that even in times of extreme bearishness, there will be small rallies - just as there will always be setbacks in major bull runs.

    So it’s not …