Commentary

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 »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures recover, move higher Tuesday

Feeder cattle futures rallied along with the fats on Tuesday, but managed to hold onto about half of the midday gains. FULL STORY »

Soaring beef and cattle prices say a lot about beef demand

Per capita beef consumption reduction will not be uniform across households. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures mixed, feeders sharply lower

Feeder cattle futures settled sharply lower on Monday, with March off 1.17 for the day and at the lower end of a 2.32 daily trading range. FULL STORY »

Feed cost considerations for cow-calf producers

Hay production in 2013 reflected the improvement in drought conditions in the last half of the year. In the recently released USDA Crop Production 2013 Summary, all hay production was up 13.4 percent over record low productions totals in 2012. Nevertheless, while 2013 hay production was higher than drought reduced production the last two years, the 2013 total of 136 million tons is still 9.4 percent smaller than the 10 year average prior to the drought. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Beef, cattle at record highs Play video

Compared to the last good test of feeder cattle which was the week ending December 20th, feeder cattle and calves sold fully $3-$10 higher with routine instances as much as $20 higher. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Record highs abound in the cattle industry

Both slaughter steer prices and beef carcass cutout values set new record highs this week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder futures follow cash trade higher

Feeder cattle futures posted moderate gains on Thursday, with cash continuing to lead the way, with an assist from the new contract lows posted in the corn market. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Poor grain exports to start 2014

Corn export sales were poor at 155,300 MT. We can blame most of that on last week being a holiday week, but that doesn’t do anything to ease fears of Chinese rejections and S. American weather. FULL STORY »

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