Commentary

Cattle on feed numbers down from a year ago

The April Cattle on Feed report said the number of cattle on feed in large feedlots at the start of the month was down 1.0% compared to last year. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures finished moderately to sharply

Live cattle futures finished moderately to sharply lower on Thursday, with the October contract falling 1.02 for the day. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed significantly higher

Feeder cattle futures closed with triple digit gains on Friday, posting new high settlements for the front three trading months. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Beef demand remains positive

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold firm to 5.00 higher with instances from 8.00-10.00 higher throughout the United States. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures struggle

Feeder cattle futures struggled on Thursday, with all but the spot May contract posting .40-.80 losses. New crop corn futures posted its’ 2nd highest close in the past nine months. FULL STORY »

Schwietermen: Corn export sales down sharply

Corn export sales were down sharply at 161,300 MT for the old crop and 121,000 MT for the new crop. The old crop total is still too large for the current export estimate and USDA will have to increase it in tomorrow’s report. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures post triple digit gains

Live cattle futures closed moderately higher on Tuesday, with gains of .67-.77 across the board. Cutout values did not fare as well, with prices lower and demand on the modest side. Export demand has been solid and could get a further boost from Mexico, which is in the process of removing the age restriction on imported beef. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Mexico removes import restrictions on beef

The Mexican government is in the process of making regulatory changes that will allow for imports of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of any age. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower on Monday, with early morning strength failing for the second consecutive day. Cash index levels jumped higher on Monday, gaining 1.27 for the day and posting alltime highs at 180.83. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed sharply lower Friday

Live cattle futures closed sharply lower in the front three months on Friday, with deferred contracts narrowly mixed. In spite of the weak finish to the week, cash prices actually improved and the June live cattle gained over 1.00 for the week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures settle higher

Live cattle futures settle higher in the front two months on Wednesday, with the April contract expiring up .32 at 145.82. The June board starts out 8.60 discount to that April settlement, and maybe as much as 9.00 discount to last weeks’ cash average price. FULL STORY »

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