Commentary

Schwietermen: Corn export sales down sharply

Corn export sales were down sharply at 161,300 MT for the old crop and 121,000 MT for the new crop. The old crop total is still too large for the current export estimate and USDA will have to increase it in tomorrow’s report. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures post triple digit gains

Live cattle futures closed moderately higher on Tuesday, with gains of .67-.77 across the board. Cutout values did not fare as well, with prices lower and demand on the modest side. Export demand has been solid and could get a further boost from Mexico, which is in the process of removing the age restriction on imported beef. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Mexico removes import restrictions on beef

The Mexican government is in the process of making regulatory changes that will allow for imports of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of any age. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower on Monday, with early morning strength failing for the second consecutive day. Cash index levels jumped higher on Monday, gaining 1.27 for the day and posting alltime highs at 180.83. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed sharply lower Friday

Live cattle futures closed sharply lower in the front three months on Friday, with deferred contracts narrowly mixed. In spite of the weak finish to the week, cash prices actually improved and the June live cattle gained over 1.00 for the week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures settle higher

Live cattle futures settle higher in the front two months on Wednesday, with the April contract expiring up .32 at 145.82. The June board starts out 8.60 discount to that April settlement, and maybe as much as 9.00 discount to last weeks’ cash average price. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: July corn closed at highest level since late August

July corn closed at the highest level since late August, then gave up a big part of yesterday’s gains overnight. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures, live cattle close higher

Feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher on Monday, with triple digit gains across the complex. The sharp gains came in spite of higher corn and a break in the cash index. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed with strong gains Friday

Live cattle futures closed with strong gains on Friday, ahead of the on feed report and significant cash trade. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Season pushes boxed-beef cutouts demand Play video

Compared to last week, feeder calves throughout the majority of the country sold unevenly steady, with yearling cattle trading steady to 2.00 higher. FULL STORY »

Gearing up for summer grazing

The strong prices in the first quarter of the year encouraged cow-calf producers to market their cattle earlier than normal and thereby “inflated” the current sales receipts count. FULL STORY »

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