Commentary

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 »

Cattle Outlook: Record prices keep moving higher

Again this week, both slaughter steer prices and beef carcass cutout values blew away last week's record highs. FULL STORY »

Cattle Markets: Record highs and a bright future

The new year definitely rang in a new market! It’s not every day or year that calf producers, stockers and feeders all get an up in the market and make money at the same time. FULL STORY »

Hay prices moderate farm record highs

U.S. hay prices were at record high levels last spring, and have been declining since. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports average monthly hay prices by state on a crop year (May-Apr) basis. Prices are reported for alfalfa hay, other hay, and the combined all hay categories. FULL STORY »

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