Commentary

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash cattle prices continue to increase

Cash cattle prices continue to increase, with the five area cash cattle price moving up to $152.17. This is a $1.33 jump from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Cash prices cause "sticker shock" Play video

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold unevenly steady to 3.00 higher. For the most part, feeder markets defied last Friday’s bearish cattle-on-feed report with even CME Feeder Cattle contracts opening the week with sizeable gains and continuing strong through the week. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new record highs

Fed cattle prices set new record highs this week. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $152.26/cwt, up $2.16 from a week ago, up $24.50 from a year ago, and up $1.60 from the last week of February which was the old record holder. FULL STORY »

Fed cattle inventories remain low, but growing

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (Mar 21). FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn market remains directionless

Corn export sales were very good at 745,800 MT for the old crop. Sales at this pace should result in a higher export estimate in the April supply and demand report. FULL STORY »

Pondering Exports…

I recently had opportunity to attend both a workshop by Managing Country Risk author Daniel Wagner and a K-State Cattlemen’s Day presentation by USMEF’s Paul Clayton. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures close low

Feeder cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday, with weakness in deferred live cattle and stronger corn futures offsetting the record highs in the cash index. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Lower corn prices support feeder cattle futures

Feeder cattle futures got support from sharply lower corn and higher deferred live cattle to close with strong triple digit gains on Monday. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Rising corn prices slam cattle futures

Feeder cattle futures were the downside leaders in the livestock complex on Thursday, with pressure stemming from sharply higher corn prices. FULL STORY »

Cattle Markets: Opportunities plentiful entering spring

It’s quite a “thing” we have! Record prices, short supplies, good demand, good hay supply, wheat pasture to graze, moisture falling or in the forecast, somewhat lower costs of gain, spring time almost here and living in the USA! Maybe there ought to be a song! FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures change direction, close lower

Live cattle futures reversed from contract highs to trade sharply lower on Wednesday. The April contract touched limit down at 142.62, before recovering 1.00 of those losses. FULL STORY »

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