Commentary

Schwieterman: Cattle futures run opposite ways, cash market unset

Bids of $142 in the cash market were rejected in all sectors on Thursday, with asking prices of $144-$145 solid throughout the region. FULL STORY »

Cattle Markets: Considering heifer retention amid high prices

It has been quite a ride so far! Very low temperatures, very high prices, very volatile futures and quite a difference between one place and the next in terms of moisture! Maybe that’s what always makes the cattle market so exciting! FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures higher on confidence in cash trade

Feeder cattle futures posted triple digit gains across the board on Tuesday, with the rally coming in the face of new highs for the move in corn futures. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures strong last week, corn also improves

Feeder cattle futures had a strong week, gaining 2.92 in the April contract, in spite of slightly higher corn values. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Calf sales recharge after winter storms Play video

Compared to last week’s weather impacted light test, steer calves under 800 lbs and heifer calves under 700 lbs sold firm $5 higher. Heavier yearling feeder cattle fell under some pressure from the sharp losses the previous two weeks in the fed cattle market. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Beef production to fall but increases by 2023

USDA released their long term forecast this week. It has beef production decreasing in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and then increasing each year through 2023, which is the end of their forecast range. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures prices improve, cash trade follows

Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Thursday, with the active April contract leading the way, posting at $1.62 higher settlement. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures close marginally lower Wednesday

Feeder cattle futures settle modestly lower on Wednesday and are recovering a like amount this morning. Corn is up only a penny, in spite of another strong week of export sales numbers. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures move higher, corn prices struggle

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher on Tuesday, with March climbing to within .60 of the current cash index. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cash cattle down for 8th consecutive day

Feeder cattle futures started the week with a modestly higher close across the board. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures finish higher Friday

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher on Friday, gaining support from the sharp rise in live cattle futures. FULL STORY »

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