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Feedlot margins come back with a vengeance

After taking a $22 hit for the week ending July 19, feedlot margins came back with a vengeance tipping $357.58 for the week ending July 26, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Bullish cattle-on-feed report fuels fire Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold 3.00-8.00 higher with the full advance on yearlings which were actually higher than two weeks ago and ended up gaining ground through last week’s knee-jerk correction. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new records

Fed cattle prices set new records this week on heavy volume. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $162.86/cwt, up $6.84 from last week's average. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thur.

Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, with moderate losses on most of the late summer and fall contracts. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures close with triple digits

Feeder cattle futures closed with triple digit gains out through the November contract. Cash index levels broke downward momentum settling .16 higher on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Hedging considerations with high steer calf basis

Demand for lightweight feeder calves has been especially strong this year. Not only has that driven price levels to record highs in recent months, but it has also resulted in record strong basis levels as well. FULL STORY »

To price or protect

Mid-summer just passed by. This time of year is a good time to take stock of what the forward market is shaping up for cattle. It is also a good time to assess whether pricing or protecting cattle is warranted. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Tues.

Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Tuesday, with the lead August contract settling limit up for the session. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins take a steep hit

Feedlot margins took a $22 hit last week, finishing at $280.55 for the week ending on July 19, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Choice primal rib prices tank

After a $1.83 drop in fed cattle prices in the previous week, the 5-area cash cattle price has risen to $156.04. FULL STORY »

More rain in Oklahoma and feeder cattle price adjustments

Most of Oklahoma received rain in the past week with roughly half the state receiving 1 to over 3 inches and a few areas receiving even heavier rains that filled ponds which have been low or dry for many months. FULL STORY »

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