Commentary

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 »

Schwieterman: Cash cattle on fire, live cattle futures follow

It took another historic day in the cash cattle trade and a limit move higher in the Feb live, but we finally put new highs in the March feeders. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures higher Tuesday

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately higher in most months on Tuesday, but fell significantly off of session highs by the close and are trending lower in overnight trade. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash trade keeps climbing

Traders saw another week of significant gains for cash cattle as beef prices move to record highs and show no sign of slowing down. Wholesale choice beef prices improved Monday to $236.56 per hundredweight, marking the eighth consecutive day posting a new record high. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures led by rising cash prices

Feeder cattle futures settled mostly lower on Friday, with the March contract up only .20 for the week. FULL STORY »

Record setting pace to start the new year

With only two weeks in the books, 2014 has started strong out the gate with price records shattering for many segments of the industry. I suspect most observers are not shocked by this phenomenon, myself included, but events like this can cause some trepidation because as the adage goes “nothing cures high prices like high prices.” FULL STORY »

Cattle and beef markets: What’s next?

While the rapid advance in the beef and cattle markets happened much quicker and more dramatically than anticipated, the overall price levels are not at all unreasonable relative to conditions that have been building for many months. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Steer and heifer calves remain strong Play video

Compared to last week’s sharply higher market, feeder calves and short yearlings sold fully steady to firm with instances as much as $2 higher. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Records breaking records

Cattle and beef prices continue to set new records, and not by small margins. This week both slaughter steer prices and beef carcass cutout values blew away last week's record highs. FULL STORY »

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