Cattle Prices

Idaho Cattle on Feed up 10 Percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Idaho from feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head on May 1, 2011 totaled 230,000 head, up 10 percent from the previous year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. FULL STORY »

Nebraska Cattle on Feed up 6 percent

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.37 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The inventory was up 6 percent from last year. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: March beef exports up 47 percent

Beef exports during March totaled 245.288 million pounds, up 46.5% compared to a year earlier and the second largest monthly total ever behind 259.2 million pounds exported in June 2003. Beef imports during March totaled 175.01 million pounds, down 21.0% from 12 months earlier. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Industry leaders predict lower cash cattle prices this week

A survey of cattle-industry leaders suggests the average price for cash cattle will decrease $0.18 to $109.57 per cwt this week. The Monday Market Sentiment is a forecast of the upcoming weekly cash trade (5-Area weighted average price) prices reported by the USDA. FULL STORY »

US cattle: Moving higher amid cash supply jitters

Live cattle futures prices Wednesday are higher amid mounting trader concerns about thin cash-market supplies and higher prices. The most-active April contract recently traded 0.95 cent a pound, or 0.84%, higher at $1.1472. The soon-to-expire February contract recently traded up 0.55 cent a pound, or 0.50%, at $1.0960. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Weakness in corn futures provides support for feeders

Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, lower in the Mar‐Apr periods and slightly better in May. The weakness in corn futures provides mild support to the feeders, while cash has continued to decline at a modest pace. FULL STORY »

Cattle trade update: Higher cash sales in Kansas

Trading is light to moderate in Kansas on moderate demand. Compared to last week, live sales are 1.00 to 2.00 higher at 106.00. Trading is mostly inactive in all other areas. FULL STORY »

US cattle: futures open lower after report shows larger numbers

Live cattle futures traders on Monday took live cattle futures lower on the open after a USDA report on Friday showed a larger-than-expected number of cattle populating the nation's feedlots. February live cattle recently traded at $1.0725 a pound, down 0.70 cent a pound, or 0.65% on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while April was off 0.77c, or 0.68%, at $1.1190. FULL STORY »

Corn Prices Finish The Year On Fire

The U.S. average corn price increased for the sixth consecutive month as prices climbed $0.39 to $4.94 per bushel. The average corn price is $1.05 above its 10 month average. North Dakota and Wisconsin posted the largest increases throughout the country.

Dairy Products Prices Highlights: Cheddar Cheese & Nonfat Dry Milk Prices Up

Dry Whey prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 39.0 cents per pound for the week ending January 1, 2011. The US price per pound increased 0.8 cents from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Calf Prices Soar To 27 Month Highs

The average U.S. calf price increased $4.00 to $128.00 cwt in December. Calf prices in Colorado posted the largest increase of all of the states as prices jumped $10.00 to $138.00 per cwt. In South Dakota calves climbed $6.00 to $138.00 per cwt while in Montana prices increased $4.00 to $135.00 per cwt.

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