Commentary

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 »

Price risk protection tools for this uncertain market

Managing risks does not mean eliminating all risks. The most common methods of managing price risks are: (1) futures market hedge, (2) option on futures, (3) forward contract, and (4) livestock risk protection insurance. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cash index expected to drop by weeks' end

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher on Tuesday but are giving back all of the days’ gains and then some in overnight trade. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices weaken

After a multi-week hot streak, fed cattle prices have weakened. The 5-area cash cattle price of $155.87 is down $1.83 from the previous week. FULL STORY »

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