Commentary

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 »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures higher, cash trade above $144

Live cattle futures put in new contract highs across the board on Thursday but failed to hold a majority of those gains, with all but the February ending only modestly higher. FULL STORY »

Cattle Markets: Early indicators set stage for exciting 2014

It’s getting pretty western! Record high prices, cheaper costs of gain, cattle actually making money, moisture coming around, cold weather, hot weather, and everything in between! 2013 was a fairly exciting year and 2014 is starting out even more so! FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures at new all-time highs

Live cattle futures continued to write history on Wednesday, with new all-time highs posted in the lead February contract. FULL STORY »

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