Commentary

Schwieterman: Cattle futures sharply higher, cash trade improves

Feeder cattle futures posted sharp gains on Tuesday, following the fats higher in spite of lower cash index postings and higher corn futures. FULL STORY »

Higher placements weather related

USDA-NASS released the monthly Cattle on Feed report on February 22. The number of cattle and calves on feed for slaughter weight in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 10.760 million head on Feb. 1. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn prices flat, feeder futures higher

Feeder cattle futures closed higher in all but the lead March contract on Monday. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeders may benefit as corn moves lower overnight

Feeder cattle futures closed moderately lower on Friday and only modestly higher for the week. The placements at 109% were large enough to expect lower calls this morning. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Markets stay busy with higher prices Play video

Compared to last week, all weights and classes of feeder cattle and calves sold $1-$5 higher with active trading noted in most major marketing areas. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures run opposite ways, cash market unset

Bids of $142 in the cash market were rejected in all sectors on Thursday, with asking prices of $144-$145 solid throughout the region. FULL STORY »

Cattle Markets: Considering heifer retention amid high prices

It has been quite a ride so far! Very low temperatures, very high prices, very volatile futures and quite a difference between one place and the next in terms of moisture! Maybe that’s what always makes the cattle market so exciting! FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures higher on confidence in cash trade

Feeder cattle futures posted triple digit gains across the board on Tuesday, with the rally coming in the face of new highs for the move in corn futures. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Cattle futures strong last week, corn also improves

Feeder cattle futures had a strong week, gaining 2.92 in the April contract, in spite of slightly higher corn values. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Calf sales recharge after winter storms Play video

Compared to last week’s weather impacted light test, steer calves under 800 lbs and heifer calves under 700 lbs sold firm $5 higher. Heavier yearling feeder cattle fell under some pressure from the sharp losses the previous two weeks in the fed cattle market. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Beef production to fall but increases by 2023

USDA released their long term forecast this week. It has beef production decreasing in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and then increasing each year through 2023, which is the end of their forecast range. FULL STORY »

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