Commentary

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed higher

Live cattle futures closed mostly higher on Monday, with most of the gains in the lead April contract. Showlists appear to be smaller than a week ago in most areas. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday

Live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, with April higher and the rest of the complex softer. Cash trade remains a mystery this week, with bids slowly moving toward week ago cash. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher on Wed

Live cattle futures were mostly moderately higher on Wednesday, with the cash trade yet to surface and asking prices and bids well separated. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed moderately higher

Feeder cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday, with the lead April contract up .80 for the day. Today is supply/demand report day for the grains, which could have a significant impact on the feeders as well. FULL STORY »

Consistent hay and cattle patterns

Not all relationships hold cleanly over time. One way to keep some perspective and some sanity when trying to evaluate markets is to look for consistency. Are higher calf prices leading to more replacement heifers? FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn market is still consolidating

The corn market is still consolidating, and will be until tomorrow’s supply and demand report. Once the report is out of the way, traders will focus on the weather and potential planting delays. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle futures lower this week

Today's jobs report was somewhat encouraging. Although the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent, the economy added 192,000 jobs during March. More people with jobs is positive for meat demand. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures close sharply higher

Live cattle futures closed moderately higher on Thursday, with little sign of cash trade being established. Cutouts were lower, as were the carcass weights. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash cattle prices continue to increase

Cash cattle prices continue to increase, with the five area cash cattle price moving up to $152.17. This is a $1.33 jump from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Cash prices cause "sticker shock" Play video

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold unevenly steady to 3.00 higher. For the most part, feeder markets defied last Friday’s bearish cattle-on-feed report with even CME Feeder Cattle contracts opening the week with sizeable gains and continuing strong through the week. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new record highs

Fed cattle prices set new record highs this week. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $152.26/cwt, up $2.16 from a week ago, up $24.50 from a year ago, and up $1.60 from the last week of February which was the old record holder. FULL STORY »

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