Commentary

Schwieterman: Grilling season pushes cutout values higher

Live cattle futures posted moderate gains on Tuesday, with deferred contracts seeing the most upside movement. Cutout values continue to push higher, as we work our way into the grilling season. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn planting progress only 6 percent complete

Corn planting progress was much slower than expected at only 6 percent complete. Nobody seems too worried about it at the moment, but it is one of the worst starts on record. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower

Live cattle futures closed under pressure on Thursday, with the front two months posting triple digit losses. FULL STORY »

Corn procurement strategies for cattle feeders

Last fall's record-large 13.925 billion bushel corn crop drove prices down and helped restore profitability and optimism to the cattle feeding sector at the beginning of the year. FULL STORY »

Wholesale Prices Peak

The wholesale beef market enjoyed an extraordinary first quarter this year. The comprehensive boxed beef cutout (averaging wholesale prices for Choice, Select, Branded and other categories of beef) gained a little over 18 percent between the first of the year and the end of March. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures settle lower

Live cattle futures settled lower on Tuesday, with the most pressure seen in the 3rd quarter contracts. This weeks’ cash will likely remain untapped until the last couple of days of the week. We hear that northern numbers are short enough that we could continue to see Kansas cattle moving that direction. FULL STORY »

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 »

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