Commentary

Inventory shows 2013 results and what to expect in 2014

As expected, the annual cattle inventory report confirmed that the U.S. cattle herd continued to liquidate in 2013. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Higher corn values limit feeder gains

Feeder cattle futures settled moderately higher on Friday, leaving March .55 higher for the week. The cash index backed off .43 on Friday but finished the week up .78 from the Friday before. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Feeder market levels off Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold unevenly steady to $3 lower. The full decline was noted in the Northern Plains where prices have been the highest, while Kansas feeders continued as much as $3-$4 higher. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Uncertainty in the cash market, corn market up

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower on Thursday, as corn prices made new highs for their current move, gaining 6 cents on the day. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cash index levels remain on the rise

Feeder cattle futures finished at the top end of a nearly 3.00 trading range on Wednesday, with March trading from 2.00 lower to .85 higher into the close. FULL STORY »

Different perspectives on cattle basis

Early in the year, a common marketing practice is to take a look at basis levels. You never know when subtle changes can slowly derail your price expectations. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures finish Tuesday lower

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower in all but the expiring January contract on Tuesday. Steady corn prices and falling fat cattle futures weighed on feeders. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures mixed, cash levels improve

Feeder cattle futures recovered along with the fats from early weakness to close modestly lower in most months. FULL STORY »

Sorting out the January cattle and beef market run

It appears that the phenomenal January run of wholesale beef prices may be over. Several factors are at work in the current wholesale beef market. Clearly supply reductions are a major driving factor. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures decline, cash trade lower

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately to sharply lower in all but the expiring January contract on Friday. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Wild rally levels off Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves weighing over 600 lbs sold steady to $2 lower as price levels for feeding-type cattle have started to level off following the wild run-up to start the year. FULL STORY »

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