Chick culling: Germany makes tech to stop slaughter of male chicks

Wall Street analysts think Facebook’s cryptocurrency payments project will give the company a big boost. The Fed is expected to cut rates multiple times, but the reason behind those cuts could have vastly different implications for the market. “This is going to be the biggest thing that’s happened to Facebook in years,” says CNBC’s Jim Cramer. “It will be vital.” A recent Fed survey showed that workers’ confidence for finding a new job after losing their current position was at 61.5% in May. The red-hot market for new public companies in 2019 like Beyond Meat and Chewy could spell bad news for the stock market, Bernstein says. The “captive carry flight test” evaluates the mock weapon during flight and is the Air Force’s latest step in the budding hypersonic arms race between China and Russia. It’s about time to write off high-growth tech stocks, Goldman warns, saying software carries the highest multiples since the tech bubble. Profits for major U.S. tobacco companies could be cut in half if the FDA adopts a “maximum nicotine” rule within the next 15 years, according to analysts at Morgan Stanle...

Dairy cow slaughter high, but let’s put dairy-beef numbers in perspective

In some circles, increased dairy cow culling and the trend toward more dairy farmers breeding a percentage of their dairy cows and heifers to beef sires has raised concerns over the impact on U.S. beef supplies. Latest data from University of Wisconsin – River Falls ag economics professor, Brenda Boetel, and research assistant, Jared Geiser, shows the importance of dairy-beef to the total U.S. beef supply, but also puts some of those concerns to rest. Dairy animals have been a stable source of total U.S. beef production for some time, contributing to the total beef supply in three ways (in order by volume): finished steers, cull cows and finished heifers. In 2018: In 2018, total U.S. commercial beef production was 26.9 billion pounds, the highest total since 2002. While dairy-beef contributed to that higher total, the increasing size of the native beef cattle herd has had the biggest impact, and dairy-beef’s contribution to the total has been declining incrementally from the highs of 2015. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the number of U.S. beef cows were estimated at 31.77 million head, up 299,500 head from the year before. In contrast, the number of U.S. dairy cows was estimated at 9.35 m...