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Capital Press | Oregon

Last updated Monday, April 23 at 7:32

Ag Fest to honor three groups for their ag efforts

04/20/2018 12:39 PM
College Hill High School in Corvallis, Echo FFA and the North Powder Farm to School Program will receive awards Sunday at Ag Fest.

After 15 years, ranchers, government defeat anti-grazing lawsuit

04/20/2018 7:14 AM
An environmentalist lawsuit filed 15 years ago against livestock grazing in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest has been dismissed...

Spud farm’s bankruptcy case dismissed

04/20/2018 10:41 AM
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Wolves’ presence in SW Oregon changes everything for ranchers

04/20/2018 5:47 AM
Experts say OR54 will probably form a pack and wildlife services would be limited.

Potato stocks on par with previous year

04/20/2018 5:45 AM
Potato shrinkage and loss, disappearance are down from a year ago due to a smaller crop.

Temperature swings throw ‘curveball’ at SW Oregon tree fruit

04/19/2018 12:47 PM
January’s temperatures were slightly warmer than normal and early February featured eight days of spring-like weather that...

Looming trade issue opens doors for Oregon hazelnuts

04/19/2018 9:06 AM
Report leads Chinese consul general to invite Oregon hazelnut representatives for meeting.

Oregon regulators challenge county’s rural housing zone

04/19/2018 6:44 AM
A land use change in Oregon’s Douglas County allowing 20-acre home sites on 22,500 acres of farm and forestland has been appealed...

OSU names new extension cereals scientist

04/19/2018 5:10 AM
Ryan Graebner will work out of the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton, Ore.

Deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility’s expenses

04/18/2018 7:57 AM
Idaho officials have approved an agreement allowing a utility company's $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric...

Last call for Willamette Valley canola planting

04/18/2018 7:11 AM
Canola may be planted in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for the last time under a 500-acre legislative limit that expires next...

OWRD approves emergency rules for Klamath Basin

04/18/2018 6:03 AM
The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved emergency temporary rules granting preferences to water rights for human consumption...

Judge: Oregon farmer liable for Clean Water Act violation

04/18/2018 5:22 AM
A judge has found that Oregon farmer Bill Case should be held liable for violating the Clean Water Act without a jury trial.

ODFW shoots two more Pine Creek wolves

04/17/2018 12:41 PM
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has shot two more wolves from the Pine Creek pack after another attack on livestock in...

New plan shrinks salvage logging on land charred by wildfire

04/17/2018 8:11 AM
Most of the forestland will either be left alone or tapped for removal of hazardous trees near roads, trails and recreation areas.

Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

04/17/2018 7:32 AM
For years, desperate patients and parents have pushed for wider access to medical marijuana products.

Piping to save water in Tumalo Irrigation District

04/17/2018 5:54 AM
The NRCS has released its draft environmental report for the Tumalo Irrigation District — Irrigation Modernization Project,...

Senators offer plan to legalize industrial hemp

04/16/2018 10:57 AM
Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced a bill to legalize industrial hemp, with support from Republican Senate Majority...

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

04/16/2018 6:42 AM
Critics also blame the giant dams for killing wild salmon, an iconic species in the Northwest.

Bankruptcies point to tougher organic potato market

04/16/2018 6:41 AM
The recent bankruptcies of two organic potato farms in the Klamath basin point to tough conditions in the niche market.

Oregon agriculture leader Phillip Walker dies at 64

04/14/2018 7:19 AM
For nearly 30 years, Phillip Walker served on the board of Oregon State University’s Agricultural Research Foundation, including...

Oregon governor declares drought in Grant County

04/13/2018 2:11 PM
Grant County becomes the second county in Oregon to officially declare drought.

Judge orders Oregon dairy to cooperate with auction

04/13/2018 10:46 AM
Lost Valley Farm, a controversial Oregon dairy, has been ordered not to interfere with the planned liquidation of its cattle herd.

‘Crooked calf’ lawsuit seeks $376,000 in damages

04/13/2018 9:29 AM
Consumption of lupines by preganant cows caused “crooked calf syndrome” and more than $376,000 in damages, according...

Baker & Murakami combination finds new efficiencies

04/13/2018 6:16 AM
Onion player Baker & Murakami likes its streamlined, quality-focused position post-merger.

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Last updated Monday, April 23 at 7:32

Backyard chickens trendier than Teslas among the elite

04/23/2018 11:31 AM
What can we learn from the affluent’s obsession with backyard chickens? As the Silicon Valley elite invest in heritage chickens...

Farm Progress America, April 23, 2018

04/23/2018 7:45 AM
Max Armstrong offers news that tough talk on trade with China could be mellowing

Who won the #CattleTales contest?

04/22/2018 8:27 PM
Check out who won the #CattleTales contest and find out how you can continue to stay involved with this movement.

This Week in Agribusiness - April 21, 2018

04/21/2018 9:00 AM
Max Armstrong and Mike Adams look at planting conditions around the country, the farm bill debate, get a tech update and dig into...

7 ag stories you might have missed this week - April 20, 2018

04/20/2018 4:00 PM
Farm bill, climate change, sorghum tariffs and RFS among topics in news this week.

Farm Progress America, April 20, 2018

04/20/2018 7:46 AM
Max Armstrong shares what it takes for a company to bring a crop protection product to market

Meat Market Update | Tremendous spike in sales drives market

04/19/2018 6:13 PM
Ed Czerwien, market analyst based in Amarillo, Texas, offers a concise summary of how last week's beef trade impacted the cattle...

Recent price rallies bring more feeder cattle to town

04/19/2018 6:11 PM
More cattle came to town. Yearling and stocker cattle stay steady to higher, but cow prices decline.

New options in the never-ending stable fly battle

04/19/2018 3:44 PM
They bite. Hard. But researchers say controlling stable flies is possible and profitable.

Do you ID your calves at the ranch of origin?

04/19/2018 3:44 PM
A recent survey looking at cattle identification finds that most ranchers ID their cattle in some form at the ranch of origin.

Cattle management decisions you can’t afford to ignore

04/19/2018 3:32 PM
The increasingly transparent market with buyers tracking results by source underscores that producing high-quality beef takes a systematic...

Farm Progress America, April 19, 2018

04/19/2018 7:40 AM
Max Armstrong offers some insight on global food waste and its impact

House Ag Committee approves 2018 Farm Bill

04/18/2018 6:38 PM
Farm Bill language includes many provisions important to beef producers.

Cardiac surgeon says beef can help prevent heart disease

04/18/2018 4:13 PM
Want to reduce inflammation and prevent common health woes like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more? Consider adding...

Fire and ice: surviving the effects of natural disasters

04/18/2018 1:56 PM
Natural disasters are simply a part of making a living from the land. But don’t dismiss the toll such events can take beyond burned...

Farm Progress America, April 18, 2018

04/18/2018 7:46 AM
Max Armstrong looks at the history of the farm bill

10 #CattleTales & #BEEFMagShares finalists

04/17/2018 3:35 PM
Congratulations to our finalists in the #CattleTales and #BEEFMagShares photo contest.

Who are the 10 finalists in our #CattleTales contest?

04/17/2018 3:34 PM
Vote now for your favorite #CattleTales and #BEEFMagShares social media post.

Montana checkoff dollars still boosting beef promotion efforts

04/17/2018 3:11 PM
Despite ongoing R-CALF lawsuit, beef promotion efforts continue in Montana

Fed Cattle Recap| Cash market reclaims some of the lost high ground

04/17/2018 1:17 PM
After sliding for several weeks, the cash market for fed cattle clawed back $3 to as much as $5.

Cattle health, nutrition and their role in implant program success

04/17/2018 11:00 AM
Beef producers can help improve implant program success by prioritizing the health and nutrition of their cattle.

Farm Progress America, April 17, 2018

04/17/2018 7:40 AM
Max Armstrong shares the latest news on debate for a new farm bill

5 Trending Headlines: Fires rage across Oklahoma; PLUS: Beef council takes a legal hit

04/16/2018 5:03 PM
Fire and ice. That’s what Mother Nature has dealt beef producers. And the courts did much the same to a state beef council. That...

Protect your herd and yourself from cattle theft

04/16/2018 2:13 PM
Crooks and criminals in America's farm country are turning to an old crime — cattle rustling. While it sounds like something...

Consumer comment offers educational opportunity

04/16/2018 1:41 PM
Sometimes agricultural advocacy works and sometimes it doesn’t, but we must continue to tell our stories daily to make an impact....

Farm Progress America, April 16, 2018

04/16/2018 7:40 AM
Max Armstrong shares insight into the ongoing trade talk surrounding the U.S.-China dispute

How did your ranch weather the Xanto blizzard?

04/15/2018 5:03 PM
As Xanto raged across the countryside this weekend, cattlemen share images from the ranch to reveal just how bad this mid-April storm...

Ranchers fight through powerful April Xanto blizzard

04/14/2018 9:09 PM
As rain, sleet, snow and hail pelt the Plains in a mid-April 2018, readers share images from the ranch as they weather the storm.

This Week in Agribusiness, April 14, 2018

04/14/2018 9:00 AM
Max Armstrong is joined by Mike Adams on the desk this week. They discuss trade challenges with China, land values, the Ireland dairy...

7 ag stories you might have missed this week - April 13, 2018

04/13/2018 4:00 PM
Conaway releases farm bill, RFS discussed at White House meeting and Trump may rejoin TPP.

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Last updated Monday, April 23 at 7:32

Large Increase for Cattle on Feed, Highest April Report Since 2006

04/20/2018 1:47 AM
Continuing a 16 month trend of increases the latest Cattle on Feed report showed a year-over-year rise by 7% for April. The feedlot inventory has risen...

Cattle Futures Rise; Hog Futures Mixed

04/19/2018 3:13 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures dropped on Thursday on profit-taking and fund liquidation ahead of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s...

N.D. Angus Calf Feed-out Program Set

04/19/2018 12:30 AM
Cattle producers will have an opportunity to see how Angus-sired cattle from their operation perform in a feedlot during the North Dakota Angus University...

Bridging The Gap Between the Environment, Human and Animal Health

04/19/2018 9:19 AM
The “One Health Initiative” concept has been around for more than a decade. It looks at how the environment, human and animal health all connect. The...

Cattle, Hog Futures Rise; Underpinned by Cash Market

04/18/2018 2:58 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Wednesday, supported by steady-to-higher early-week cash prices, traders said. Hogs drew support...

CAB Insider: 80% Choice and Prime May Blunt Seasonal Declines

04/18/2018 9:10 AM
Historical expectations for the month of April are for a decline in the percentage of cattle grading Choice and Prime. As we fully make the switch from...

Liver Abscesses: Beyond Just Liver Condemnation

04/17/2018 9:17 AM
With beef liver prices depressed at around $3 at the packer level, liver condemnations due to abscesses represent a relatively minor economic problem....

Live Cattle Futures Rise on Strong Packer Margins; Hogs Down

04/17/2018 2:43 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures firmed on Tuesday, bouncing back from Monday’s declines. Traders said good profit margins at packers...

CME Livestock Cattle Mixed; Nearbys Firm, Deferred Months Weak

04/16/2018 2:52 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly weaker on Monday, with traders locking in profits after prices rose on Friday. Lingering...

Profit Tracker: Packers Turn Tidy Profit

04/16/2018 12:32 AM
That packers hold the leverage in the current fed cattle market can be underscored by the fact they paid roughly $2.40 per cwt. more for fed cattle last...

Packer’s Need for Cattle Pushed Cash Market Higher

04/15/2018 11:52 PM
What began as a dismal start in the cash trade early last week, with a large volume of cattle trading at $117 to $118 cwt, shifted into a more positive...

Market Highlights: Grass Cattle Demand Continues

04/15/2018 11:43 PM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady to $1 higher compared to a week ago on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $117 to $118 while dressed...

Cattle Market Struggles as Drought Lingers

04/17/2018 2:12 AM
(Bloomberg) -- While winter lingers in the upper Midwest, ranchers in the U.S. central plains are dealing with relentless drought, forcing some ranchers...

CME Live Cattle, Hog Futures Close Higher

04/12/2018 3:51 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle hit a two-week high on Thursday, driven by short-covering and futures’ discounts to this week’s prices for...

GAO Issues Report on Cattle Market Decline

04/12/2018 12:56 AM
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says supply and demand factors led to the dramatic cattle price decline from 2013 to 2016. In a report issued...

CME Live Cattle, Hog Futures End Mostly Firmer

04/11/2018 3:46 AM
Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts closed firmer on Wednesday as investors digested initial prices for slaughter-ready, or cash,...

In The Cattle Markets: A Need for Some Spring Optimism

04/11/2018 9:50 AM
For the past three weeks the cattle markets have shown that they are not immune from concerns over trade disputes and the general volatility that has...

Profit Tracker: Feeding Margins Fall To The Red

04/10/2018 7:46 AM
The $4 per cwt decline in cash fed cattle prices pushed cattle feeding margins $115 per head lower, erasing profits and ending the week $36 per head...

CME Lean Hogs Jump on Short-covering After Recent Lows; Cattle Down

04/09/2018 4:54 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures rallied more than 3 percent on Monday in a short-covering and bargain-buying rebound from life-of-contract...

Market Highlights: Beef Exports on the Rise

04/09/2018 12:54 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $5 lower compared to a week ago on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $116 to $117 while dressed prices...

CME Live Cattle Futures Stumble on Profit-taking; Hogs Down

04/06/2018 2:55 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle turned lower on Friday after profit-taking and fund liquidation gave back some of the market’s gains over the...

Fund Buying Sends CME Live Cattle Futures Higher; Hogs Up

04/05/2018 6:37 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle rose sharply for a second straight day on Thursday, driven by short covering and fund buying, said traders. Investors,...

In The Cattle Markets: Crop Planting Report and Feeder Price Decline

04/05/2018 5:57 AM
The recent crop planting report provided a lot of surprises with regard to feed grains and soybean production for this year. Though quarterly stocks...

CME Live Cattle Rallies, Shrugs Off China Beef Tariff News; Hogs Up

04/04/2018 3:47 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed higher on Wednesday, after bargain buying reversed earlier losses following China’s proposed tariff...

Profit Tracker: Feeding Margins Erode

04/04/2018 2:14 AM
Cattle feeders have witnessed their close out margins decline nearly $100 per head over the past month. Last week’s $5 per cwt. dip in fed cattle prices...

CAB Insider: Beef Industry, Consumers Make Peace with Fat

04/04/2018 9:58 AM
In early March, we focused on Yield Grade (YG) premium and discount structures on different packer-grid marketing arrangements. Today let’s look at...

Cattle Markets Under Spring Pressure

04/03/2018 1:00 AM
Both June and August Live Cattle futures prices fell below the $100 barrier at the CME this week. In a light trade of fed cattle in Kansas on Tuesday,...

Market Highlights: Processing Beef Marketing Info

04/02/2018 3:53 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $5 lower compared to a week ago on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $120 to $121 while dressed prices...

Basis Trade, Cash Market and Market Ready Cattle Conflict

04/02/2018 12:00 AM
The downward trend in the cash fed cattle market was not as much of a surprise as how much we retreated in one week.  The cattle feeders taking advantage...

Live Cattle, Feeders Tumble as USDA Report Rallies Corn; Hogs Mixed

03/29/2018 8:42 AM
U.S. live cattle futures fell sharply on Thursday as a rally in the corn market sent feeder cattle tumbling and as weak cash cattle prices and rising...

Fed Cattle Prices Lower, Packer Margins Improve

03/29/2018 3:59 AM
Cash fed cattle prices were completed early this week, with prices in the North at $120 to $123 per cwt. live and $121 in the South. Dressed prices were...

Cattle, Hogs Mostly Higher in Bargain-buying Rebound

03/28/2018 4:26 AM
U.S. livestock futures were mostly higher on Wednesday, with both cattle and hogs recovering from recent lows on bargain buying and positioning ahead...

Mixed Macroeconomic Signals Shake Cattle Markets

03/28/2018 9:13 AM
So far in 2018, beef production is higher year over year as expected, with increased cattle slaughter and carcass weights.  Beef demand has continued...

CME Hogs End Mixed on Positioning Before USDA Report; Cattle Uneven

03/27/2018 1:45 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures settled mixed on Tuesday after investors adjusted positions before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

Profit Tracker: Margins Hold Firm

03/27/2018 9:42 AM
Margins for both cattle feeders and beef packers slipped some last week, but profits remain solid. Cattle feeders saw a $2 per cwt. decline in fed cattle...

Feed Buyers, Don't Count on Cheap Corn Forever

03/27/2018 8:26 AM
Livestock feeders, opposite their grain growing brethren, have enjoyed several years of lower corn prices. Brian Doherty Stewart-Peterson tells Clinton...

CME Live Cattle Touch Six-month Low on Big Supply; Hogs Down

03/26/2018 4:01 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle tumbled to a six-month low on Monday as a glut of animals at U.S. feedlots fueled concerns about plentiful beef...

Looming Question on Supply for April

03/25/2018 11:42 PM
While many feeders were disappointed with not being able to keep the live trade steady last week, many hedgers were able to take advantage of an ever...

Market Highlights: Cattle Prices on Decline, Bottom Not Reached Yet

03/26/2018 9:15 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 lower compared to a week ago on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $125 to $126 while dressed prices...

Cattle on Feed: Largest Percentage Increase in 11.5 Years

03/23/2018 3:13 AM
For the first time since 2006 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle on Feed report showed a year-over-year increase of 9%. The total inventory...

CME Hogs Slump Again on Cash Prices, Trade War Threat; Cattle Fall

03/23/2018 1:57 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs fell on Friday for a second straight day, hit by recent cash hog price weakness and mounting worries about a potential...

Trade War Risk Slams CME Hogs; Cattle Turn Higher

03/22/2018 5:54 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs hit a four-month low on Thursday as U.S. stocks plummeted amid fears of a potential trade war between the United...

In The Cattle Markets: Low Steer Slaughter Fuels Spring Cattle Prices

03/22/2018 8:24 AM
A nice spring (or we might say late winter) rally has had fed cattle in the upper $120s for most of the last 8 weeks.  While a first reaction might...

Softer Cash Prices Extend CME Live Cattle Losses; Hogs Up

03/21/2018 3:18 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle fell on Wednesday for a fifth straight session, weighed down by a burdensome supply outlook and cash prices that...

CAB Insider: Record Ratio of Prime, CAB in First Quarter

03/22/2018 5:55 AM
The rate of steer and heifer carcasses grading USDA Prime remained in a stalwart, stagnant range of 2%-3%, from 1997 (the first year of USDA’s grading...

CME Live Cattle Futures Extend Slide to Four Sessions; Hogs Lower

03/20/2018 3:52 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Tuesday, extending their slide to four straight sessions on declining cash prices and expectations...

Profit Tracker: Feeding Margins Decline As Costs Rise

03/21/2018 8:17 AM
Cattle feeders saw a $1 per cwt. gain in fed cattle prices last week, only to find profit margins shrink by $55 per head. Average closeouts reported...

CME Live Cattle Hit 2-month Low; Lean Hog Futures Tumble

03/19/2018 9:32 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Monday for a third straight session, pressured by fund-driven long liquidation and expectations...

Market Highlights: Chuck and Brisket Prices on the Rise

03/19/2018 12:53 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady to $1 higher compared to a week ago on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $127 to $128 while dressed...

Sale of World’s Largest Cattle Feeder JBS Five Rivers Finalized

03/18/2018 11:29 PM
The sale of the world’s largest cattle feeder has been finalized for approximately $200 million. Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P. and JBS USA announced...

Feedyards Try To Push Market Higher

03/19/2018 4:38 AM
For the week of March 12, contrary to the board, the fed cattle market was steady to a dollar higher at $127 in the South.  Brad Hulett, marketing...

Supply Buildup Fears Undercut CME Live Cattle Futures; Hogs Up

03/15/2018 6:40 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle on Thursday reversed Wednesday’s gains, weakened by fund liquidation and concerns about rising supplies, said...

CME Live Cattle Ends Higher But Off Morning Tops; Hogs Higher

03/14/2018 4:08 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle settled higher after Wednesday’s volatile session, supported by the uptick in wholesale beef values and futures’...

Higher Cash Prices Halt CME Hogs Losing Streak; Cattle Weaker

03/13/2018 4:32 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Tuesday snapped a four-session slide, helped by short-covering and firmer prices for market-ready, or cash,...

Profit Tracker: Packer Margins Exceed $160

03/13/2018 12:21 AM
Further gains in the beef cutout price last week helped boost beef packer operating margins $34 per head to $162. Steady to $1 higher cash fed cattle...

In The Cattle Markets: Tariffs and Beef Trade

03/13/2018 9:32 AM
Wherever you get your news, you likely couldn’t avoid hearing a particular T word last week: tariffs. On the heels of the announcement that the U.S....

Market Highlights: Trade Concerns Haven't Slowed Beef Exports

03/12/2018 9:36 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady compared to a week ago on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $126 to $127 while dressed prices were...

In The Cattle Markets: What Lies Ahead for the Cattle Industry

03/09/2018 5:35 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture held its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum a couple of weeks ago in which many topics relevant to the agricultural...

CME Live Cattle Futures Down, But Off 7-week Lows; Hogs Weaker

03/08/2018 9:08 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle slid to a seven-week bottom on Thursday, led by fund liquidation, traders said. Futures' discount to this week's...

Profit Tracker: Packer Margins Shoot Higher

03/04/2018 11:46 PM
Solid gains in the beef cutout price last week coupled with a slight decline in cash cattle prices resulted in an excellent week for beef packers. Profit...

Market Highlights: Challenges, Opportunities in Risky Cattle Market

03/03/2018 10:20 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $1 to $2 lower than last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $126 to $127 while dressed prices were...

CME Live Cattle Futures End Lower; Nearby Lean Hogs Rise

03/02/2018 3:02 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Friday on technical selling and expectations of a seasonal uptick in beef supplies as the pace...

Spot Cattle Futures Rise; Deferreds Weak

03/01/2018 11:06 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mixed on Thursday, with the front-month contract edging higher after hitting a 2-1/2-week low on...

Live Cattle Futures Sag on Technicals, Lower Cash Trade, Hogs Down

02/28/2018 4:13 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Wednesday, with the April contract notching a 2-1/2-week low on month-end technical selling and...

Less Drought and More Cattle Placed on Feed

02/28/2018 1:57 AM
A significant change in the weather pattern of recent months brought rain and ice across roughly half of Oklahoma in the past 7 to 10 days.  In a diagonal...

In The Cattle Markets: Strong Everything in a Normally Temped Season

02/28/2018 10:07 AM
The USDA Cattle on Feed report was released Friday and the news was neutral to longer term bearish.  Marketings matched pre-report expectations, on-feed...

Live Cattle Futures Climb on Technical Buying; Hogs Weaker

02/27/2018 9:06 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher Tuesday on technical buying, halting a four-session slide that drove the benchmark April...

Profit Tracker: Feeding Margins Fall 16%

02/27/2018 1:15 AM
Average cattle feeding margins slipped $32 per head (16%) last week, as closeouts finished with $174 average profits. The decline was the result of a...

Trends: Some Comments on Cattle Numbers

02/27/2018 10:41 AM
The annual Cattle report was released January 31st by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). It is a statistically-based survey of...

Live Cattle to 2-week Low on Bearish U.S. Placements Data; Hogs Fall

02/26/2018 5:04 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Monday, with the benchmark April contract touching a two-week low following Friday's bearish...

Dryness Adds to Bigger Than Expected U.S. Cattle Placements

02/26/2018 1:39 AM
Ranchers moved 4.4 percent more cattle into U.S. feedlots last month than in January 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported on Friday,...

Market Highlights: More Cattle on Feed, Again

02/26/2018 9:51 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 lower than last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $127 to $128 while dressed prices were mainly...

February Cattle On Feed 8% Higher

02/23/2018 1:47 AM
USDA’s February 1 cattle on feed report tallied 11.6 million head, up 8% compared to the same period last year. January marketings totaled 1.858 million...

CAB Insider: Digging in on Beef Exports

02/20/2018 11:14 PM
In mid-December, we reviewed the huge year of 2017 export growth, not only for CAB but across all U.S. beef. As many know, demand for offal such as organs...

Profit Tracker: Packer Margins Continue Slide

02/20/2018 12:52 AM
A $3-plus rally in cash fed cattle prices pulled packer margins under $20 per head last week. Despite the increase in cash prices, cattle feeding margins...

Market Highlights: Still Volatility in Cattle Markets

02/19/2018 8:43 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $4 higher than last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $130 while dressed prices were mainly $205. The...

Nalivka: Outlook for Real Feeder Cattle Prices

02/16/2018 1:25 AM
As I sat down to write on a couple of key dynamics of this year’s beef industry outlook that I think are significant, I was thinking that perhaps,...

Live Cattle Advance, Anticipating Firm Cash Prices; Hogs Up

02/14/2018 8:58 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures ended higher on Wednesday, supported by lagging cattle weights and expectations for higher cash market...

Live Cattle End Mixed, Lean Hogs Mostly Lower

02/13/2018 3:41 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures ended mixed on Tuesday, with nearby contracts weighed down by expectations for increased supplies of...

Lean Hogs Rally on Short-covering, Bargain Buying; Cattle Up

02/12/2018 4:57 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures rallied more than 2 percent on Monday in a short-covering and bargain-buying rebound from steep declines...

Market Highlights: Cattle Markets Softer Now, Potential for Rally

02/12/2018 12:57 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not well established at press. Bid prices on a live basis were mainly $126 with asking prices near $129 on a live basis...

In The Cattle Markets: Dairy Rumors Roil Some Cattle Markets

02/11/2018 9:37 AM
I expect enough analysts have discussed USDA’s Cattle Inventory report this week so I’m going to tackle another issue. Over the last two weeks,...

CME Live Cattle Ends Mostly Weaker; Awaits Cash Prices

02/08/2018 4:51 AM
Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts on Thursday posted modest losses after a volatile session, as investors waited for cattle in the...

Cattle Inventory Growth Slowing Down, But Beef Production Increasing

02/08/2018 3:43 AM
USDA released its annual Cattle inventory report last week and the report confirmed that, although the U.S. cattle herd was still growing during 2017,...

Funds, Supply Worries Extend CME Hog Futures Losses; Cattle Drop

02/07/2018 3:17 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday finished lower for a second straight day following another round of fund liquidation, along with increased...

CAB Insider: Packers Must Maximize for Healthy ’18 Market

02/07/2018 10:44 AM
Relative profitability for the entire beef sector in 2018 will be largely dependent on packers’ ability and desire to maintain near-maximum production...

CME Hog Futures Slump on Technical Selloff; Cattle Down

02/06/2018 3:04 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed lower on Tuesday in the wake of technical selling that largely overshadowed bullish market fundamentals,...

Profit Tracker: Margins Remain Above $200

02/06/2018 2:19 AM
Slightly lower cash fed cattle prices pulled cattle feeding profits $39 per head lower, yet margins remain at $227 per head. Packers saw their margins...

Stocks, Profit-taking Hits CME Live Cattle Futures; Hogs Lower

02/05/2018 9:27 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Monday finished lower for the first time in three session due to profit-taking and continued heavy...

CattleFax: 2017 Ranks Second Most Profitable Year for Beef Producers

02/06/2018 7:15 AM
CattleFax released its annual outlook at the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) trade show. The report showed...

Rabo AgriFinance: Breaking Down Cattle Inventory Numbers

02/05/2018 1:04 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), released its Cattle Inventory report January 31. According to the report, all cattle and calves in the U.S....

Get the Facts and Projections on 2018 from CattleFax

02/01/2018 4:37 AM
Each year CattleFax shares outlooks for what could come in the near and even distant future during the Cattle Industry Convention. This year CattleFax...

Cattle on Feed Back to 2012 Levels

02/01/2018 4:34 AM
USDA’s Jan. 26 Cattle on Feed report revealed Jan. 1 cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market reached 11.5 million head, up 8 percent over...

In The Cattle Markets: Cattle on Feed Report Neutral

01/31/2018 6:52 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report on...

Profit Tracker: Feedyard Margins Top $260

01/30/2018 8:20 AM
A $4 per cwt. rally in fed cattle prices pushed cattle feeding profit margins to $265 per head, a $55 bump from the previous week. Packers saw their...

Plenty of Feedlot Cattle to Start 2018

01/29/2018 8:55 AM
The Jan. 1, 2018 inventory of cattle in feedlots was 11.49 million head, 108.3% of year earlier levels. This is an increase of 884,000 head compared...

Beef Cattle Profitability Outlook

01/26/2018 2:06 AM
It always seems appropriate to start the new year with an outlook of what is expected in the coming 12 months. The important word here is “expected,”...

Cattle Sinks After Hitting Highest Since Early November

01/25/2018 4:15 AM
Live cattle futures dropped 2.2 percent after hitting their highest level in 2-1/2 months on Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak as a rebound...

In The Cattle Markets: Considerations as Beef Production Sales Ramp Up

01/25/2018 7:18 AM
The holidays are behind us, the spring calving season is just a few weeks away, and in just a few short months the grass will begin to green up across...

Cattle Rises to Near Two-month High on Beef Gains, Fund Buying

01/24/2018 4:04 AM
Live cattle futures climbed to a near two-month high on Wednesday, rising for the third straight session on firm beef prices and investment fund buying,...

CAB Insider: Grading Shrugs Off Camera Adjustments

01/23/2018 11:38 PM
In the recent November editions of CAB Insider, we discussed the USDA announcement and further results of adjustments to the newer grading cameras deployed...

Beef Quotes Send CME Live Cattle Futures Higher; Hogs Down

01/23/2018 4:20 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday gained after triggering buy stops, spurred by the morning's wholesale beef price rebound,...

Market Highlights: Drought Creeps into Cattle Country

01/22/2018 4:10 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not established at press with bid prices on a live basis at $118 while asking prices on a live basis were $125. The...

Profit Tracker: Feedyard Margins Exceed $200 Per Head

01/22/2018 12:28 AM
A $3 per cwt. rally in fed cattle prices pushed cattle feeding profit margins to $210 per head, a $27 bump from the previous week. Packers saw their...

In The Cattle Markets: End of Year Feed Market Information

01/18/2018 8:21 AM
Last Friday saw the release of a plethora of USDA feed related reports. Specifically relevant to cattle markets were the Crop Production 2017 Summary...

JBS to Sell Five Rivers Cattle Feeding for $200 Million

01/19/2018 12:11 AM
JBS USA plans to sell Five Rivers Cattle Feeding to Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P., for approximately $200 million. Pinnacle Asset, an investment firm...

CME Live Cattle Futures Jump on Short-covering; Hogs Retreat

01/17/2018 6:56 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle futures surged on Wednesday on technical buying and short-covering, spurred in part by higher-than-expected prices...

CME Nearby Hogs Hit Contract High; Cattle Futures Firm

01/16/2018 4:13 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange February lean hog futures rose nearly 3 percent on Tuesday and set a contract high, buoyed by firmer cash hog prices and...

Profit Tracker: Stronger Packer, Feeder Margins

01/16/2018 10:25 AM
A weaker cash cattle market produced stronger profit margins for both packers and feedyards last week. Cattle feeding profits registered nearly $184...

Market Highlights: Beef Exports Continue to be a Bright Spot

01/15/2018 12:48 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 lower a live basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were mainly $120 while prices on a dressed basis were...

NAFTA Worries Drag CME Hogs From One-year High; Cattle Down

01/10/2018 8:02 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday slid from a one-year top earlier in the session, rattled by fund selling and Canadian government concerns...

Profit Tracker: Margins Steady To Strong

01/10/2018 1:19 AM
Cattle feeders, pork producers, and packers for both segments found solid profits last week, the first week of 2018. Cattle feeding margins declined...

CAB Insider: Looking Back and Forward at Choice-Prime Prices

01/11/2018 7:47 AM
As annual reviews are more enjoyable if the evaluation shows improvement, marketers of high-quality beef and cattle like to see a measurable margin for...

CME Live Cattle Futures Mount Late-session Rally; Hogs Mixed

01/09/2018 4:37 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed moderately higher on Tuesday, following late-day short-covering and bargain hunting after three sessions...

Strong Cash Prices Propel CME Hogs to One-year High; Cattle Down

01/08/2018 4:41 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Monday reached their highest level in almost a year as packers competed for supplies during the first full week...

Market Highlights: Expect Lower Cattle Weights Through Winter

01/08/2018 12:15 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $1 lower a live basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were mainly $122 while prices on a dressed basis were...

Fed Cattle Softer, Feeders Higher As New Year Begins

01/05/2018 5:20 AM
Cash fed cattle traded at $122 per cwt., Friday, fully $1 lower than last week. Feedyards began the week with their show lists at $125, but Friday’s...

CME Cattle Drop Daily Limit on Lower Cash Market Sales; Hogs Mixed

01/05/2018 5:01 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell sharply on Friday and hit daily trading limits on weaker cash market prices and easing concerns...

CME Cattle Dip on Mild Plains Outlook, East Coast Snow; Hogs Up

01/05/2018 10:49 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures turned lower on Thursday in a technical selling and profit-taking setback and on concerns of a slowdown...

In The Cattle Markets: 2017 Review and Market Questions for 2018

01/04/2018 2:30 AM
We covered a lot of ground in the cattle industry in 2017. It was a year that, on average, exceeded most expectations in terms of cattle prices. The...

CME Hogs Turn up on Cash, Wholesale Pork Prices; Cattle Up

01/03/2018 8:30 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs finished higher on Wednesday after stronger cash and wholesale pork prices pared some of Tuesday's losses, said...

Fourth Quarter Fed and Feeder Cattle Price Performance

01/03/2018 8:28 AM
Slaughter steer prices this fall have posted the biggest increase from September of any year in the last eleven. Based on the 5-market Choice steer price...

Profit Tracker: Margins Exceed $150 Per Head

01/03/2018 8:52 AM
Cattle feeding profits more than doubled last week, a bounce due to a $3 rally in cash fed cattle prices as 2017 came to a close. Average closeouts showed...

CME Cattle Rally on Higher Cash, Beef Prices; Hogs Down

01/03/2018 10:03 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rallied about 1.5 percent on Tuesday on fund buying and stronger cash cattle and beef prices, traders...

Nalivka: 2018 Beef Supply Big Picture Outlook

02/17/2018 11:28 PM
USDA’s December 1 Cattle on Feed report showed a sharp increase in the number of cattle placed on feed during November – up 14% from a year earlier. ...

CME Hogs Ease From 10-month Top on Lower Cash Prices; Cattle Weaker

02/17/2018 11:26 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday slid from a 10-month high, weakened by profit-taking and less money paid by packers for slaughter-ready,...

2018 Outlook: Beef Demand vs. Growing Cattle Supplies

02/17/2018 11:24 PM
Demand has proven the key to holding livestock markets in the black during 2017. Despite increasing beef production, cattle feeders experienced a booming...

Profit Tracker: Margins Slip $35 Per Head

01/05/2018 2:26 AM
Cattle feeding profits declined $35 per head last week, leaving average closeouts with profits of $65. The decline was a result of higher prices paid...

Latest Cattle on Feed Report Less Grinchish Than it Appears

02/17/2018 11:25 PM
The latest Cattle on Feed report pegged the December 1 feedlot inventory at 11.512 million head, 108 percent of last year. This is an additional 864,000...

CME Live Cattle Futures Mostly Lower After USDA Report; Hogs Up

02/17/2018 11:25 PM
The bulk of Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts closed lower on Friday, pressured by the morning’s bearish U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Cattle on Feed Sees Largest Increase in 6 Years

01/05/2018 1:43 AM
For the first time in more than six years the cattle on feed inventory increased by 8% from the previous year. The last time the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Market Highlights: Staying Current Key for Cattle Feeders

02/17/2018 11:25 PM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady on a live basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were mainly $119 to $120 while prices on a dressed...

"Fine" Prices Should Continue in Long-Term Cattle Market

02/17/2018 11:22 PM
The 2017 cattle markets have been interesting, and since November 1, Elaine Kub, author of Mastering the Grain Markets, can describe them in one word:...

Larger Placements Likely in the Upcoming Cattle on Feed Report

02/17/2018 11:19 PM
Friday December 22nd brings the next USDA Cattle on Feed report.  The last few months delivered large levels of marketings and placements, and growing...

Softer Cash Prices Weaken CME Hog Futures; Cattle Lower

02/17/2018 11:18 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures on Tuesday were weakened for a second day in a row as ample supplies pressured cash prices, said traders. Fund...

Profit Tracker: Profits Near Triple Digits

01/05/2018 2:26 AM
Cattle feeding profits improved $22 per head last week, with average closeouts showing profits of $99. It was a boost delivered by a $2.50 per cwt. rally...

Market Highlights: Drought Starting to Impact Cattle Producers

02/17/2018 11:16 PM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not well established at press. Asking prices on a live basis were mainly $119  while asking prices on a dressed basis...

Cash Fed Cattle Rally $3, Calves Mixed

02/17/2018 11:15 PM
In a standoff that lasted most of the week, packers raised the ante to $119 to $120 per cwt. late Friday and the cattle trade was completed in the southern...

CME Live Cattle Rebound; Shorts Cover, Funds Buy

02/17/2018 11:14 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Thursday after short-covering and fund buying pared Wednesday's losses, said traders. Expectations...

CME Live Cattle Futures Give Back Some Tuesday Gains; Hogs Rise

02/17/2018 11:12 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Wednesday after softer wholesale beef demand and this week's expectations for steady-to-lower...

CAB Insider: Asian Markets Lift Certified Angus Beef Sales

02/17/2018 11:12 PM
With the end of 2017 in our sights we’ll soon be reflecting on the year in beef. Undoubtedly, we’ll toast to what has been a pretty decent run with...

CME Live Cattle Futures Halts Eight-session Skid; Hogs Down

02/17/2018 11:10 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures ended higher on Tuesday for the first session in the past nine, aided by short-covering and fund-buying,...

Marketing Feeder Cattle: Changes in Sales Data

02/17/2018 11:08 PM
Marketing feeder cattle has changed in the last 15 years, hasn’t it? By 2001 the internet bubble had burst and we were in a new age.  Since 2002 video...

In The Cattle Markets: Cost of Wintering Cattle

02/17/2018 11:08 PM
As we move into the winter feeding months cow calf producers have additional opportunities to impact their bottom line. Winter feeding costs represent...

CME Hog Futures 3-month Low on Cash, Pork Prices; Cattle Down

02/17/2018 11:08 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs drifted to a three-month bottom on Monday, in response to lower cash and wholesale pork prices, said traders. Sell...

Profit Tracker: Profits Remain Despite Price Decline

02/17/2018 11:08 PM
Feedyard closeouts took a hit from last week’s $3 per cwt. decline in cash prices, but average margins remain above $77 per head. The 5-area direct...

Market Highlights: Cattle Futures Plummet Since November

02/17/2018 11:08 PM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $3 to $4 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $117 while dressed prices were...

Live Cattle Futures Extend Slide on Long Liquidation; Hogs Up

12/08/2017 11:20 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures fell on Friday for a seventh straight session on technical selling including fund long liquidation...

Live Cattle Futures Sag for 6th Straight Session; Hogs Fall

12/07/2017 9:03 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures fell Thursday for a sixth straight session, pressured by fund-driven long liquidation, falling...

Carcass Weights, Beef Supply and Beef Demand

02/18/2018 10:59 AM
The latest weekly carcass weight data for the week ended November 18 showed steer carcass weights at 902 pounds for the third consecutive week.  This...

Lower Cash, Pork Prices Pull Down CME Hog Futures; Cattle Retreat

12/06/2017 9:38 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs finished lower on Wednesday, pressured by weaker cash and wholesale pork prices, said traders. The said fund liquidation...

Profit Tracker: Feeding Margins Exceed $130 Per Head

02/18/2018 10:58 AM
Last week's $2 per cwt. rally in fed cattle prices helped boost feedyard closeouts $41 per head to average profits of $131 per head. The 5-area direct...

CME Feeder Cattle Futures 3-month Low on Fund Selloff; Hogs Lower

02/18/2018 10:55 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange feeder cattle futures on Tuesday hit a three-month low, led by fund liquidation after contracts slipped beneath chart support...

Cash Price Jitters Drop CME Live Cattle to 4-1/2 Month Low; Hogs Up

02/18/2018 10:54 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures slid to their lowest level in almost five months on Monday, led by the prospect that packers might pay...

Market Highlights: Should You Sell or Hold Cattle?

02/18/2018 10:52 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $1 to $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $119 to $121 while dressed prices...

CME Live Cattle Futures Down on Technicals, Beef Prices

11/30/2017 8:19 AM
U.S. livestock futures ended lower on Thursday in technically-driven selling, with live cattle falling over 1 percent on fund-driven profit-taking, traders...

Hog Futures Retreat After Trading at Three-week High; Cattle Rise

11/29/2017 4:16 AM
U.S. lean hog futures fell on Wednesday, retreating from a three-week high on technical selling and a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report showing...

CAB Insider: Adjustments to Change Nearly Fit Seasonal Pattern

02/18/2018 10:47 AM
In the last INSIDER, we discussed USDA’s realignment of beef quality grade evaluation through camera technology. The adjustment brings adversity, but...

Hog Futures at Three-week High on Fund Buying, Spreading

11/28/2017 4:29 AM
U.S. lean hog futures climbed to a three-week high on Tuesday, extending gains from recent days on speculation prices would rise higher next month and...

CME Live Cattle Climb as Cash Prices Seen Rising; Hogs Rise

11/27/2017 3:57 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Monday as profitable packer margins and firm beef prices fueled expectations that cash cattle...

Market Highlights: Favorable Pricing for Stocker and Cow-Calf Producers

02/18/2018 10:42 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady to $1 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $118 to $119 while dressed...

Fund Buying Rallies CME Lean Hog Futures, Cattle Up

02/18/2018 10:42 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs settled higher on Wednesday, with support from fund buying and short-covering before the U.S. Thanksgiving Day...

Cattle on Feed Continues Strong Placements

02/18/2018 10:37 AM
Strong placements were expected ahead of the cattle on feed report as analyst ranges were from 3.6 to 13.1 percent above a year ago. This large range...

CME Live Cattle Rebounds on Cash, Beef Prices; Hogs Down

02/18/2018 10:39 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday rallied from Monday's losses, ignited by short-covering as investors digested initial cash...

Profit Tracker: Margins Decline $28 Per Head

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cash fed cattle prices declined more than $4 per cwt. last week, fueling a $28 per head decline in cattle feeding margins. The cost of feeder cattle...

Fund Selloff Sinks CME Live Cattle to 4-month Low, Hogs Up

11/20/2017 2:14 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell to their lowest level in four months on Monday, hit by fund selling and Friday’s bearish U.S....

Market Highlights: Three Storylines for Widening Choice-Select Spread

02/18/2018 10:35 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $3 to $4 lower compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $118 to $120 while dressed prices...

U.S. October Feedlot Cattle Placements Jump Implies Low Prices in 2018

02/18/2018 10:35 AM
Ranchers in October put 10.2 percent more cattle into U.S. feedlots than the same period last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Friday. The...

CME Live Cattle Futures Ease Before USDA Report, Hogs Up

02/18/2018 10:34 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished the week with losses as investors tweaked positions ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

CME Live Cattle Slip on Softer Cash, Beef Prices; Hogs Down

02/18/2018 10:31 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday reversed some of Wednesday’s gains, led by weaker cash and wholesale beef values, traders...

Short-covering Pares Recent CME Live Cattle Losses, Hogs Lower

02/18/2018 10:29 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday settled higher after short-covering helped recoup some of the market’s recent cash price...

CAB Insider: Adjusting to Packinghouse Camera Adjustments

02/18/2018 10:28 AM
Many industry participants are aware USDA announced more than two weeks ago that adjustments to camera carcass grading were necessary. The latest generation...

Lower Cash Prices Drop CME Hogs to One-month Low, Cattle Fall

02/18/2018 10:26 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Tuesday slid to their lowest level in a month after downward-trending cash prices triggered sell orders, traders...

Bad News-Good News of Cattle Markets

11/14/2017 9:13 AM
Current cattle markets can be thought of as a series of bad news-good news stories. The bad news is that cash fed cattle prices pulled back last week...

Live Cattle Mostly Lower as Beef Prices Ease, Hogs Mixed

11/13/2017 4:11 AM
U.S. live cattle futures were mostly lower on Monday, pressured by weaker beef prices and expectations that cash cattle at Plains feedlot markets would...

Market Highlights: Fed Cattle Demand Remains Strong

02/18/2018 10:24 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $123 to $124 while dressed prices were...

Profit Tracker: Margins Drop $111 Per Head

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cash fed cattle prices dipped just $1 per cwt., but cattle feeding profit margins declined $111 per head last week to $57. The sharp drop in margins...

Cattle Prices Soften Ahead of Thanksgiving

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cash fed cattle prices were softer throughout all regions. Fed cattle in the south traded at $124 per cwt., about $1 lower, with prices in the north...

Cattle Drop on Technicals, Weak Cash Market Outlook

02/18/2018 10:22 AM
U.S. live cattle futures fell for a fifth straight session on Friday on technical selling and pressure from a weak cash cattle market following lower...

Analyst: Cattle Market "Overbought" and on "Last Leg"

02/18/2018 10:18 AM
There was some red during the trading day on Tuesday, but in general the cattle markets have remained strong since Oct. 23. This impressive climb is...

Profit Tracker: Charging Higher

02/18/2018 10:15 AM
The two-week rally in fed cattle prices has added more than $150 per head to profit margins. Feeding margins the week ended Oct. 20 sat at $16 per head....

Cattle Prices Leap-frog Higher

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cash fed cattle prices traded at $124 to $125 per cwt. last week, with most activity on Thursday. Those prices represent a $6 to $8 jump over the prior...

Live Cattle Hit Daily Price Limit After Higher Cash Prices

11/03/2017 3:23 AM
U.S. live cattle futures surged more than 2 percent on Friday, rising by as much as their 3.000 cent daily price limit on technical buying and following...

Cattle Futures Rise Again on Cash Hopes, Hogs Widely Mixed

11/01/2017 3:21 AM
U.S. live cattle futures bounded to life-of-contract highs for the third straight session on Wednesday, rising on expectations that beef packers will...

CAB Insider: Weight Watchers, Keeping Pounds Off

02/18/2018 10:04 AM
Tracking carcass weights through the year, it’s often difficult to find the newsworthy item; plus or minus, 5-lb. changes, year over year, hardly exciting....

Live Cattle, Hog Futures Hit Contact Highs on Fund Buying

11/07/2017 11:47 PM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle and lean hog futures rose to life-of-contract highs on Tuesday, lifted by investment fund buying linked to optimism...

Profit Tracker: Packers Play Coy

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Packers resisted paying higher money last week right up to happy hour on Friday. The feet-dragging suggested their profit margins would look bleak when...

Something for Everyone in Current Feeder Cattle Markets

02/17/2018 9:59 AM
You know that old saying about a gift horse and its mouth…this is no time to be checking the teeth on current feeder cattle markets.  Feeder cattle...

Market Highlights: Boxed Beef Market a Subborn Mule

02/17/2018 9:58 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not well established at press. Asking prices on a live basis were $116 to $118 and $180 to $185 on a dressed basis....

Cattle Rally Awaits Packer Ante

02/17/2018 9:58 AM
Cattle feeders believe they have a winning hand this week, though packers seem reluctant to ante up. Packer margins remain strong, supporting ideas that...

CME Live Cattle Hits Three-month High on Cash Price Outlook, Hogs Up

02/17/2018 9:56 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures reached their highest level in nearly three months on Thursday, fueled by short-covering and renewed...

Are Cattle Prices Running Out of Steam? Views are Mixed

02/17/2018 9:55 AM
As grain prices remain fairly stagnant, momentum is gaining in the cattle complex. Cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) are on fire...

Are Cattle Prices Running Out of Steam? Views are Mixed

02/17/2018 9:55 AM
As grain prices remain fairly stagnant, momentum is gaining in the cattle complex. Cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) are on fire...

Feedlot Inventory Continues to Swell

02/17/2018 9:55 AM
Counter-seasonally strong feeder cattle prices this fall indicated good demand despite growing feeder cattle supplies.  The October Cattle on Feed report...

CME Hogs Rise on Firmer Cash, Wholesale Pork Prices; Cattle Mixed

02/17/2018 9:55 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures closed higher on Wednesday, helped by modest cash and wholesale pork price gains, said traders. Investors...

In The Cattle Markets: October Cattle on Feed Report Puts Placements Higher

02/17/2018 9:54 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report...

Cash Price Optimism Buoys CME Live Cattle Futures, Hogs Higher

02/17/2018 9:53 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed sharply higher on Tuesday, spurred by short-covering in anticipation of steady-to-better cash prices later...

Profit Tracker: Markets, Margins Steady

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cattle feeders earned an average of $17 per head on cattle shipped to market last week, a gain of about $7 per head from the previous week. Cash cattle...

COF Up 5%, Fed Cattle Steady, Feeders Uneven

02/17/2018 9:31 AM
USDA’s monthly cattle on feed report estimated the total inventory on Oct. 1 at 10.8 million head, up 5% from the same period a year ago. USDA’s...

Strong Cash Prices Lift CME Hog Futures, Live Cattle Turn Higher

02/17/2018 9:28 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday shrugged off some of Tuesday's declines, helped by short-covering and rising prices for slaughter-ready,...

CAB Insider: Marbling Bred in More Than Fed In

10/18/2017 10:46 AM
A year ago in the Insider, we checked in on higher quality grade trends in the midst of a 4th quarter year-on- year decline in carcass weights. Marbling...

Hog Futures Tumble in a Reversal on Technical Selloff, Cattle Fall

02/17/2018 9:26 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures fell about 2 percent in a technical selloff on Tuesday, easing from an earlier two-month high in a reversal...

Profit Tracker: Back In The Black, Barely

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cattle feeders earned an average of $10 per head on cattle shipped to market last week. That represents a rebound of $23 per head after recording losses...

Hog Futures at Two-month High on Pork Packer Demand; Cattle Eases

10/16/2017 3:30 AM
U.S. lean hog futures rose to a two-month high on Monday as cash prices extended their climb on strong demand from the expanded pork processing sector,...

Market Highlights: Feeder Cattle Continue Rally

02/17/2018 7:42 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $2 higher compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $110 to $112 while dressed prices...

CME Live Cattle Futures Slump; Cash Prices Disappoint

10/12/2017 9:31 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle on Thursday reversed some of their recent gains, pressured by profit-taking following this week's initial cash...

Hogs Rise on Stronger Cash Markets; Cattle About Flat

10/11/2017 4:33 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs climbed for the second straight session on Wednesday, buoyed by short-covering and rising cash hog prices, traders...

CME Group Declares Victory Over Cattle Market Volatility

11/07/2017 11:29 PM
CME Group Inc plans no further moves to reduce volatility in its cattle futures market, after making a series of changes to rein in wild price swings...

Cattle, Hog Futures Jump on Spreading, Packer Demand

10/10/2017 2:56 AM
U.S. live cattle and lean hog futures rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday, lifted by spreading and investment fund buying backed up by robust demand...

Profit Tracker: Profitability Streak Ends

01/04/2018 11:43 PM
Cattle feeders lost an average of $13 per head last week, breaking a string of 46 consecutive weeks of profitability dating back to November of last...

Profit Tracker: Profitability Streak Ends

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Cattle feeders lost an average of $13 per head last week, breaking a string of 46 consecutive weeks of profitability dating back to November of last...

Removing Guesswork from Feed Buying

01/05/2018 1:09 AM
Buying grain to feed livestock can be expensive, but there are ways to protect your risk and reduce market volatility. This year feed buyers should be...

Live Cattle Hit 2-week High on Technicals, Beef Demand

10/09/2017 2:18 AM
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures climbed to a two-week high on Monday, buoyed by technical buying and ideas that strong consumer demand...

It is the Old Song of Supply and Demand for Beef Prices

02/17/2018 6:56 AM
By: Donald Stotts, Oklahoma State University Strong beef demand has mostly been offsetting increased beef supply in 2017 with beef production projected...

Market Highlights: Fed Cattle Markets at a Standstill

02/17/2018 6:55 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not established at press. Asking prices on a live basis were $110 to $112 while bids were mainly $106. Asking prices...

CAB Insider: Rapid Increases In Quality Beef Continues

10/04/2017 3:09 AM
Last week’s federally inspected harvest was the largest this year at 648K head. The annual highs in the number of fed cattle harvested normally occur...

Profit Tracker: Margins Near Breakeven, Packers Up

02/17/2018 6:46 AM
Average feedyard margins declined $18 per head last week, settling at $26. With average margins that close to breakeven, many cattle sold last week undoubtedly...

Livestock Feeders Beware: Fumonisin Showing Up in Southern Corn States

02/17/2018 6:44 AM
Livestock producers in the Texas Panhandle were put on notice after several reports of fumonisin contamination in recently harvested grain. More than...

Fed Cattle Prices Steady, Feeders Uneven

02/17/2018 6:40 AM
Cash fed cattle prices were called steady on the week at $108 per cwt. in the South and $109 in the North. Cattle on a dressed basis sold at $171 to...

Profit Tracker: Margins Weak, But Positive

01/05/2018 2:19 AM
Feedyard profit margins rebounded slightly after last week’s $2 rally in the cash fed cattle market, though average closeouts were just above $43...

Hitting the Target

02/17/2018 9:04 AM
Improved genetics, management and attention to detail, some of which began a generation ago, are paying dividends for America's cattlemen. Those changes...

Economic Indicators: New Year Pointing Higher

02/17/2018 9:04 AM
Markets for all classes of cattle remain 20% or more below a year ago, but Drovers indicators are a snapshot of the collective markets and their direction.Feedyards...

Get the Facts and Projections on 2017 from CattleFax

02/17/2018 9:05 AM
Each year CattleFax shares outlooks for what could come in the near and even distant future during the Cattle Industry Convention. For 2017, the success...

Monday Market Sentiment: Choice Boxed Beef Prices Rise

02/17/2018 9:04 AM
After beef prices saw an upward movement in the month of November, prices continued to climb in December ending just before the Christmas holiday with...

Cattle Market Prices Continue to Feel Pressure

02/17/2018 9:04 AM
The cattle market has seen fluctuation, not only from the highs of two years ago but also from last fall when live cattle futures traded under a $1. Every...

Feedlot Placements Jump in December

02/17/2018 9:03 AM
Strong feedlot demand for feeder cattle helps explain the strong feeder price rally at the end of 2016. December feedlot placements were 117.6 percent...

Three Factors That Will Impact Cattle Prices in 2017

02/17/2018 9:03 AM
Based on expectations for an increase in cattle numbers, most economists expect modestly lower cattle prices this year. Other than the fundamentals...

Profit Tracker: Feedyard Margins Exceed $150

02/17/2018 9:03 AM
Cattle feeders recorded their seventh consecutive week with positive closeouts, maintaining profits north of $150 per head for the week ended Jan. 6....

Beef Market Price Dynamics

02/17/2018 9:03 AM
Retail beef prices will continue adjusting down in 2017 due to retail market dynamics and continued growth in domestic beef consumption this year. The...

Market Highlights: Cattle Prices Ring in the New Year

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle traded steady to $1 higher on a live basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were mainly $117 to $118 while dressed...

Economic Indicators: Cattle Industry Indicators Turn Higher

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
Markets for all classes of cattle remain 20% or more below a year ago, but Drovers indicators are a snapshot of the collective markets and their direction.Feedyards...

Cattle Prices Rally Into New Year

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
Cattle markets began 2017 with promise as a full week of auction sales delivered aggressive bidders on feeder cattle. USDA reported feeder cattle sold...

Challenging Cattle Market Outlook for 2017

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
Profits will be harder to find for cattlemen in 2017, but there will be opportunities. That's the consensus of economists who see an industry struggling...

In The Cattle Markets: Prices Finished the Year With a Bang

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
Prices finished 2016 with a bang! Fed cattle prices increased to $118 per cwt. during the last week of the year. That was the highest weekly average...

Profit Tracker: Triple Digit Profits All Around

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
Cowboys and packers finished 2016 on a high note, maintaining per head profits north of $100 for the week ended Dec. 30. Despite a modest decline compared...

Monday Market Sentiment: November Rally For Fed Cattle

02/17/2018 9:02 AM
After hitting a low price of $97.75 per cwt in mid-October, cash fed cattle prices rallied $13 per cwt by the end of November, a 12% increase. Prices...

In The Cattle Markets: November Placements Rise

02/17/2018 9:01 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthlyCattle on Feedreport on Friday...

Profit Tracker: Packers Pay Up, Margins Go Up

02/17/2018 9:01 AM
How do they do it? Packers paid $3 to $4 per cwt more for cattle last week and their margins went up $20 per head. Packer margins for the week ended...

Christmas Cattle Data from USDA

02/17/2018 9:01 AM
USDA issued three NASS livestock reports on December 23 to round out 2016. The December Cattle on Feed report showed that December 1 feedlot inventories...

Market Highlights: What Will 2017 Bring?

02/17/2018 9:01 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle traded $3 to $4 higher on a live basis compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were mainly $115 to $116 while dressed prices...

Cattle Outlook: Placements Up, Not as Much as Marketings

02/17/2018 9:01 AM
USDA's December Cattle on Feed report said there were 1.4% fewer cattle in large feedlots on December 1 than a year ago. It said placements were up...

Cattle Market to "Loosen Up" in Q2 of 2017

02/17/2018 9:01 AM
Cattle markets have seen a nice run in November and December, but some analysts think it won't continue.Joe Vaclavik of Standard Grain thinks now is...

Average Cattle Prices move up in mid-December

02/17/2018 9:00 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price is moving back up this week after a decrease last week, jumping from $109.48 on December 12 up to $111.34...

Profit Tracker: Profits 4 Consecutive Weeks

02/17/2018 9:00 AM
Cattle feeders earned average profits of $68 per head last week, $30 per head more than the previous week. It also marked the fourth consecutive week...

Strong Finish for 2016 Beef Markets

02/17/2018 9:00 AM
The Christmas rally in wholesale beef markets continued last week as boxed beef prices headed into the last half of December at the highest levels since...

Online Cattle Sale Aids in Price Discovery and Transparency

02/17/2018 8:59 AM
Volatile cattle markets have affected every segment of the cattle industry over the past year. Producers, industry groups and commodity traders have...

It's Time to Tighten the Cinch and Grab the Horn!

03/22/2018 5:29 AM
The saddle horn provides an anchor point of stability so you can stay in control as you guide your horse through rough terrain. In the same way, financial...

In The Cattle Markets: Technicals Turn from Bearish to Neutral

03/22/2018 5:29 AM
Fed cattle prices are now five-to-six weeks into a rally off the lows set in early October. The rally in feeder cattle is less steadily strong but is...

What to Expect if You Retain Ownership into a Feedyard

02/17/2018 8:58 AM
Many cow-calf producers have always sold their calves at weaning. It's fairly common to hear about retaining ownership and the opportunity it provides...

Profit Tracker: Still in the Black

02/17/2018 8:57 AM
Normally when profit margins decline $50-plus per head there's no rejoicing. But given the bloodbath feedyards have survived the past two years closeouts...

In The Cattle Markets: Cold storage grows, cattle on feed lower than expected

02/17/2018 8:55 AM
Two key USDA reports were released on Friday: monthly Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed. Cold Storage indicated frozen stocks of beef have continued to...

Profit Tracker: Improvement

02/17/2018 8:55 AM
Calling losses of $193 per head an improvement may be painful, but it's accurate. Cattle feeders saw their margins gain $55 per head from the $248 losses...

WASDE: Less meat production, despite more beef and pork

02/17/2018 8:52 AM
The forecast for total red meat and poultry production for 2016 is reduced from last month as slightly higher beef and pork production is more than...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area cattle price sees a drop

02/17/2018 8:52 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price dropped this week, moving from $102.79on October 3 to $101.12on October 10.The panel of cattle industry...

Extremes in corn markets during presidential election years

02/17/2018 8:51 AM
With the election nearly a month away, how could the markets react?On Market Rally Radio, Glen Ring of Glen Ring Enterprises, LLC. said since March...

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: A builder of men

02/17/2018 8:51 AM
Robert "Bob" Gottsch honored for holding people to their highest capabilities Those close to him say he was tougher than nails, with a fearless business...

Profit Tracker: Losses near $60

02/17/2018 8:51 AM
Cattle feeding margins slipped further into the red last week. A $3 decline in average cash fed cattle prices last week was mostly offset by a $35 decline...

CME live cattle spiral downward as supply worries persist

02/18/2018 7:49 AM
Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts drifted lower on Monday on ample supplies that pressured wholesale beef values and could again...

Cattle Outlook: Beef cold storage numbers up

09/06/2017 9:15 AM
USDA says there were 469 million pounds of beef in cold storage at the end of July. That is up 2.8% from the month before and up 2.0% from the same...

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: Nothing but a square deal

03/22/2018 5:28 AM
Throughout Paul J. Brown's life, the founder of Cattle Empire and a 2016 inductee into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, distinct parallels can be drawn...

Mainly bearish news in the August Cattle on Feed Report

03/22/2018 5:28 AM
The cattle markets continue their slide through the late summer and last week's news suggests this will persist into the fall. Volatility remains the...

Profit Tracker: Losses exceed $50

02/18/2018 7:48 AM
A $1 decline in average fed cattle prices and a $25 per head increase in the cost of feeder cattle pushed cattle feeding losses to $52 per head last...

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: An entrepreneurial spirit

02/18/2018 7:48 AM
Teachers, it is often said, live on forever through their students. Randy Blach learned from some of the best leaders the beef industry could offer;...

Market Highlights: Feeder cattle relapse

02/18/2018 7:48 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle traded $1 lower on a live basis compared to last week. Live prices were mainly $117 to $118 while prices on a dressed basis ranged...

Fall feeder cattle market prospects

02/18/2018 7:47 AM
Changes in feeder cattle prices recently have potential impacts for cow-calf and stocker producers this fall. Through July and August, prices for heavy...

Feedlot crews mark your calendars for Cowboy College

02/18/2018 7:46 AM
Drovers is proud to be hosting Cowboy College on Sept. 7-8, in Dodge City, Kan. The two day meeting will offer an educational opportunity designed specifically...

Cattle Outlook: Number of cattle on feed up 1.6%

02/18/2018 7:47 AM
USDA's August Cattle on Feed report said July marketings were down 0.7%, July placements up 1.6%, and the number of cattle on feed up 1.6% at the start...

Online U.S. cattle auctions set to resume as gov't examines markets

02/18/2018 7:47 AM
An online U.S. cattle auction that ranchers and traders hope will restore transparency to livestock pricing and reduce volatility in futures contracts...

Favorable fall opportunity

02/18/2018 7:47 AM
Ranchers might look at this summer's calf prices with a long face, especially when they compare them with 2015 prices. Does that suggest there is a...

August WASDE feeds the bears on crop markets, could it also feed the bulls (and steers) this fall?

02/18/2018 7:47 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture's World Supply and Demand Estimates were released‚ÄØon Friday morning (August 12, 2016) and provided...

Market Highlights: International beef trade matters

02/18/2018 7:46 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle trade was not well established at press. Asking prices on a live basis ranged from $120 to $122 while bids were mainly $118. Asking...

Profit Tracker: Modest losses

02/18/2018 7:46 AM
Last week's $1 per cwt retreat in cash cattle prices took feedyard margins only modestly lower. That's because the other variables on closeouts remained...

Calling all feedlot cowboys to Dodge City

02/18/2018 7:45 AM
In less than a month feedlot cowboys from across the country will be gathering in Dodge City, Kan. to learn about best management practices and animal...

Reading caution flags

02/18/2018 7:45 AM
The level of frustration throughout cattle country has reached a crescendo this summer. Ranchers are in the midst of a market decline that shows scant...

Profit Tracker: Margins top $50/head

02/18/2018 7:45 AM
It took a $5 rally in fed cattle prices, but feedyard margins topped $50 per head last week, the Sterling Profit Tracker reveals. Profits were limited...

Market Highlights: Take caution when using market analysis

02/18/2018 7:45 AM
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $6 higher than one week ago on a live basis. Live prices were mainly $122 to $123 while dressed prices were mainly $195...

What ranchers can expect in the cattle markets for the rest of 2016

03/22/2018 5:28 AM
Ranchers, no longer riding the crest of a supply-starved market, cinched up early this year for the inevitable ride lower. Few, however, expected the...

U.S. cattle auction halts activity in blow to producers, traders

09/06/2017 9:20 AM
Organizers of an online U.S. cattle auction that ranchers and traders had hoped would help restore transparency to livestock pricing nationwide said...

Explosive cattle prices could be coming

02/18/2018 7:44 AM
The cattle market has been on a bit of a teeter-totter cycle the past six months or so, with price going up and down. This sideways trade could lead...

June Cattle on Feed Report

02/18/2018 7:44 AM
The monthly Cattle on Feed Report was released last Friday, June 24th, by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price drops again

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price saw a drop from $120.82 on June 21 to $116.64 on June 28.The panel of cattle industry experts who make up...

Profit Tracker: Packer margins near $200

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
Even with a $4 decline in fed cattle prices last week, the Sterling Profit Tracker reveals feedyards found modest profits of $9 per head, a $3 per decline...

Many factors affecting beef market prices and volatility

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
A wide variety of internal and external factors are impacting beef and cattle price levels and volatility. Beef production is at a seasonal peak in...

Market Highlights: Brexit's impact on cattle futures

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle traded $5 lower than one week ago. Live prices were mainly $116 while dressed prices were mainly $186 to $188. The 5-area weighted...

Big U.S. cattle placements in May point to more meat in Q3

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
Cattle placed in U.S. feedlots for fattening surged by 10 percent in May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday in data that suggested beef...

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices lower

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
USDA released their June Cattle on Feed report this afternoon. It said there were 2.2% more cattle on feed than on June 1, 2015. May placements were...

USDA: Cattle on feed up two percent

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on...

Hot weather could help increase cattle prices

02/18/2018 7:43 AM
A rally in cattle and beef prices might be coming soon if the summer heat wave holds on.Rumors of beef demand slipping have caused speculation the market...

Managing heat stress in feedlot cattle

02/18/2018 7:42 AM
During a heat stress incident in southwest Iowa on July 11 and 12, 1995, an estimated 3,500-4,000 cattle died of heat stress. A deadly combination of...

Profit Tracker: Gaining momentum

02/18/2018 7:42 AM
A cash market rally helped add $62 per head to feedyard margins last week, ending with total average profits of $212 per head, according to the Sterling...

Market Highlights: Could the feeder cattle rally continue?

02/18/2018 7:42 AM
FED CATTLE:Light fed cattle trade was established just before press with live cattle trading $4 higher compared to a week ago. Live prices were mainly...

Cattle Outlook: Economy slowing down

02/18/2018 7:42 AM
The U.S. economy added only 38,000 jobs during May. That was 126,000 fewer jobs than the average of economists' forecasts and the fewest for any month...

Good-bye high cost of gain

02/18/2018 7:42 AM
Where are feeder cattle prices headed? Does it pay to retain ownership? Two questions cattlemen would love to find answers to in that magical crystal...

2016 beef markets so far

02/18/2018 7:41 AM
Memorial Day weekend is an important test of beef sales and beef demand. The success of the first big grilling holiday will be assessed over the coming...

Market Highlights: Tough questions on cattle prices

02/18/2018 7:41 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle traded $5 to $7 lower on live basis compared to a week ago. Live prices were mainly $125 while dressed prices ranged from $195...

Monday Market Sentiment: Picks back up next week (in June)

02/18/2018 7:41 AM
Did you have a good Memorial Day weekend celebrating the service heros of our past and present? We sure hope so! We're taking this week off on the poll,...

Profit Tracker: Profits remain above $150

02/18/2018 7:41 AM
Feedyard margins remained about $150 per head last week despite a $6 per cwt. retreat in cash cattle prices. Last week was the third consecutive week...

U.S. watchdog to review cattle pricing, high-speed trading

02/18/2018 7:41 AM
A U.S. watchdog agency will launch a review of cattle pricing, including the impact of high-frequency trading on futures, after ranchers complained...

Feedyard inventories building

02/18/2018 7:40 AM
USDA's May 1 Cattle on Feed report indicated a 1% increase in the inventory from a year ago with cattle placed on feed during April posting a 7% increase...

In The Cattle Markets: April feedlot placements surprise

02/18/2018 7:40 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthlyCattle on Feedreport Friday...

Show Animals: Challenges at the packer

02/18/2018 7:39 AM
Why do youth livestock show animals require extra paperwork when marketed to a packer? The April 6th speaker for the Animal Care Wednesday Webinar was...

Profit Tracker: Profits exceed $200

02/18/2018 7:40 AM
Cattle feeders turned a tidy profit last week despite a $2 retreat in cash cattle prices. It was the second week closeouts were in the black after more...

When will cattle finishing be profitable again?

02/18/2018 7:39 AM
Monthly fed cattle net returns have been negative since December 2014. A few months ago, it appeared that we would climb above breakeven this spring....

Cattle Outlook: Foreign demand for U.S. beef is down

02/18/2018 7:39 AM
U.S. beef exports totaled 186.9 million pounds during March. That was 0.9% more than a year ago. There were large increases in beef exports to South...

Falling cattle prices, where is the bottom?

02/18/2018 7:38 AM
Cattle prices have had a rough spring. After peaking in late 2014 and early 2015, prices have been adjusting downward from very lofty peaks. High prices...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price sees a drop

02/18/2018 7:38 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price fell this week from $126.55 on April 26 to $123.78 on May 3.The panel of cattle industry experts who make...

Profit Tracker: Running red

02/18/2018 7:38 AM
Most analysts expected feedyards to be near breakeven by the time the calendar turned to May. May is here and the underperforming cash fed cattle market...

What's worse than no feeder cattle futures?

02/18/2018 7:38 AM
A growing chorus of cattle producers are expressing frustration regarding feeder cattle futures markets. For many years, I have defended the value of...

Profit Tracker: Another retreat

02/18/2018 7:37 AM
Cash fed cattle prices retreated $7.77 per cwt. last week. As a result, closeouts added another $75 of red ink. It was a disappointing setback, as closeouts...

Market Highlights: Time to get savvy selling cattle

02/18/2018 7:37 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle trade was $7 lower than a week ago on a live basis. Live prices were mainly $125 to $127 while dressed trade was all over the...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price declines

02/18/2018 7:37 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price decreased this week from $133.97 on April 19 to $126.55 on April 26.The panel of cattle industry experts...

Number of cattle on feed has increased

02/18/2018 7:36 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthlyCattle on Feedreport on Friday...

U.S. March cattle placements in feedlots hit five-year low

02/18/2018 7:36 AM
Cattle placements into U.S. feedlots last month rose 5.0 percent from March 2015 but were the smallest for the month in five years, according to a government...

Cattle On Feed: Feedyards increasing capacity, herd expansion slows down

02/18/2018 7:36 AM
It appears herd expansion has tapered off as feedlots start to increase inventories with heifers. March placements were up 5% from 2015 with 1.89 million...

Cattle Outlook: Marketings up 7.1%

02/18/2018 7:36 AM
USDA's April Cattle on Feed report said placements were up 4.6% in March and marketings were up 7.1%. That left the April 1 cattle on feed inventory...

Is time running out on potential for stronger cattle prices?

02/18/2018 7:35 AM
Spring time marches on: Prospective Plantings was quite the surprise, a major moisture event causes flooding in the southern plains with concerns of...

Profit Tracker: Shifting momentum

02/18/2018 7:35 AM
Cash cattle prices may have been stuck in neutral last week, but cattle feeders saw an impressive gain in margins as the price of feeder cattle factored...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price sees a slight increase

02/18/2018 7:35 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price slightly increased this week from $133.91 on April 12 to $133.97 on April 19.The panel of cattle industry...

Cattle Outlook: USDA raises estimation of 2016 U.S. beef production

02/18/2018 7:35 AM
USDA has raised their estimate of 2016 U.S. beef production to 24.825 billion pounds. That is up 1.2% from their previous estimate and up 4.8% compared...

In the Cattle Markets: Corn and soybean acreage sets the market's tone

02/18/2018 7:53 AM
The USDA released their annual Prospective Plantings report and their quarterly Grain Stocks report on March 31, 2016. The Prospective Plantings report...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price falls slightly

02/18/2018 7:34 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price slightly decreased this week from $133.96 on April 4 to $133.91 on April 12.The panel of cattle industry...

Profit Tracker: Stuck in red

02/18/2018 7:34 AM
Cattle feeders generally expected margins to be much better by now. An anticipated spring rally that could have erased a lot of red ink has failed to...

Profit Tracker: No triple digit losses

02/18/2018 7:33 AM
For the first time in over a year, average cattle feeding losses are out of triple digits, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Average closeouts...

Market Highlights: Warm weather sparks grilling season beef rally

02/18/2018 7:33 AM
FED CATTLE:Fed cattle trade was $6 higher than a week ago on a dressed basis. Live prices were not well established but asking prices were $140 while...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price gets a little luck

02/18/2018 7:33 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price saw a little luck this week, jumping from $135.66 on March 7 to $137.88 on March 14.The panel of cattle...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price drops

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price dropped slightly this week from $136.13 on February 29 to $135.66 on March 7.The panel of cattle industry...

Profit Tracker: Steady progress

03/22/2018 5:27 AM
It's the best signal cattle feeders have seen in many months. Average closeouts lost less money than the previous week despite the fact cash fed cattle...

Grass versus grain: Question 12

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Drovers recently received an inquiry from a college student conducting research for a public-health class project. She sent a list of questions regarding...

Grass versus grain: Question 11

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Drovers recently received an inquiry from a college student conducting research for a public-health class project. She sent a list of questions regarding...

Cattle Outlook: USDA budgetary constraints impacts July cattle inventory survey

02/18/2018 6:51 AM
USDA has announced that they will not be conducting the July cattle inventory survey this year because of budgetary constraints. This means the January...

Grass versus grain: Question 10

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Drovers recently received an inquiry from a college student conducting research for a public-health class project. She sent a list of questions regarding...

Controlling muddy conditions in the feedlot

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Prolonged periods of mud and moisture in the feedlot can significantly hinder cattle performance and profitability. When cattle are standing in four...

Winter storms, Cattle on Feed, and more data to come

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Winter storm Jonas has dumped record snowfall on the east coast causing near total shutdown of several major cities and across a large region. Impacts...

Schwieterman Cattle: Stronger cash trade; higher placements

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Live CattleTrendShort Term: DownLong Term: DownOpening Calls: 20-40 HigherLive cattle futures posted strong gains ahead of cash trade and Friday's modestly...

Feeder Cattle Review: Market optimistic

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Compared to last week, the bulk of the calves traded mostly 5.00-15.00 lower with yearlings selling 5.00-10.00 lower. There were instances throughout...

President vetoes resolution of disapproval of WOTUS

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
After bi-partisan passage in both chambers of Congress, President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA's "waters of the United...

Fast traders, meat packers scrutinized for U.S. cattle market swings

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
U.S. cattle producers have called on CME Group Inc and federal legislators to rein in price volatility they say has rendered the world's largest livestock...

WOTUS survives

03/22/2018 5:27 AM
Last week, the House passed a joint resolution objecting to the EPA's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This rule, finalized in May 2015, is...

In the Cattle Markets: World ag's supply and demand impact on cattle markets

03/22/2018 5:26 AM
The United States Department of Agriculture released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates on Tuesday that give a closer look into...

Corn futures are facing technical resistance

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Corn futures are facing technical resistance. The yellow grain market continued its general rally Tuesday in the wake of the US production cut indicated...

Profit Tracker: Packer margins near $200

02/18/2018 7:29 AM
Beef packers saw their margins jump more than $86 per head higher last week, leaving average profits at $199, according to calculations by Sterling...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price sees a slight increase

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
After a small dip last week to $132.30 per hundredweight, the 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price jumped back up to $133.24 per hundredweight.The...

Measuring your cost of production and profit margin

02/18/2018 6:53 AM
The cost of producing one unit of output is extremely important information in any business. It determines your break-even price which, in turn, helps...

Analysts: No big impact on market from latest bird flu outbreak

02/18/2018 6:48 AM
The recent discovery of avian influenza in Indiana and the resulting depopulation of 400,000 birds will likely only have a negligible impact on the...

Crop markets responding well to stock gains

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Crop markets are responding well to stock gains. Despite talk that South American growers look likely to get considerable rain over the short term,...

Drovers Radio: Israel open to U.S. beef for first time since 2003

02/18/2018 7:31 AM
Your browser does not support the audio element. Israel has reopened to U.S. beef for the first time since December 2003. Israel was one of many countries...

Cattle Outlook: Market looks dismal to start the year

02/18/2018 7:31 AM
The stock market is off to a dismal start in 2016. Hopefully, this isn't a sign of a weakening economy. Export demand for U.S. beef has been below the...

Corn closed higher Friday; soybeans retreated

03/22/2018 5:26 AM
Editor's Note: The ag commodity markets are closed Monday for Martin Luther King day. Corn closed higher Friday, finding support above its 20 day moving...

"Grass fed" label dropped by USDA for beef

02/18/2018 7:40 AM
The "grass fed" beef label is going out to pasture, along with "naturally raised" claims for other livestock.USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)...

WASDE: Cattle price unchanged; hogs lowered

02/18/2018 6:51 AM
Livestock and poultry prices for 2015 are adjusted for December data. For 2016, no change is made to the cattle price forecast. The 2016 hog price forecast...

Cattle markets crashed, R-CALF wants answers

02/18/2018 7:29 AM
Cattle futures saw their biggest drop in 34 years at the end of 2015.The futures market dropped 16 percent at end of last year, rivaling numbers last...

Foreman: Cattle futures fell despite midweek cash strength

02/18/2018 7:21 AM
Cattle futures have taken another turn over the past two weeks as prices have drifted lower, correcting the big December 17-24 advance. So far, February...

Soy complex set back overnight

02/18/2018 6:49 AM
The crop markets moved mostly lower in concert with equity indexes Thursday night. Corn futures ended Thursday little changed, with the nearby March...

U.S. beef exports rebound in November

02/18/2018 7:31 AM
U.S. beef exports in November showed signs of a rebound, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF),...

Soybean futures set back from recent gains Wednesday night

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Early equity gains and sustained short covering reportedly powered Wednesday's corn rally. However, the late stock market drop sent negative indications...

Branded beef sells

02/18/2018 7:30 AM
Cattle producers capture value from pasture to plateThe Seminole Tribe of Florida has been in the beef business since 1521, when Spanish Conquistadors...

Cattle Prices: The difference a year makes

02/18/2018 6:50 AM
What goes up must come down! That is exactly what has happened to cattle prices, but the task now is determining where the market is headed in 2016...

Commit time to work on the business this year

03/22/2018 5:27 AM
January has arrived. Traditionally this is the time of year when people reflect on the year past and also think about changes that could be made in...

Schwieterman Cattle: Lower futures surprising alfter stronger cash bids

02/18/2018 7:21 AM
Live CattleTrendShort Term: DownLong Term: DownOpening Calls: MixedLive cattle futures reversed early strength to post new lows for the move and a new...

March corn futures dipped overnight

02/18/2018 7:21 AM
Tuesday's USDA cut to its estimate of 2015 US corn production was one of the bigger surprises contained in Monday's set of reports. When combined with...

Profit Tracker: Another step back

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
After slicing more than 50% off the monstrous losses found a month ago, cattle feeders saw their margins slip $43 per further into the red last week...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area cattle price declines

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
After a rally during the first week of 2016 to $134.04 per hundredweight, the 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price dropped to $132.30 per hundredweight.The...

2015 Crop Production Summary: Soybean production set record

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
Corn for grain production is estimated at 13.6 billion bushels, down slightly from the November forecast and down 4 percent from the 2014 estimate....

Grain stocks: Soybean stocks up 7 percent from December 2014

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
Corn stored in all positions on December 1, 2015 totaled 11.2 billion bushels, up slightly from December 1, 2014. Of the total stocks, 6.83 billion...

In the Cattle Markets: Interesting start to 2016‚...

02/18/2018 7:30 AM
Last week Dr. Brooks provided a series of thoughts on how 2016 may shake out for the cattle industry. Given developments in multiple financial markets...

International beef trade situation improving

02/18/2018 7:30 AM
The latest international trade data for November confirms that the trade picture for beef and cattle is recovering from the dramatic changes in recent...

The corn market stalled overnight Monday

03/22/2018 5:27 AM
The corn market and its various crop counterparts stalled in Monday night trading as the industry geared up for today's big USDA reports. Futures fell...

More herd expansion predicted

02/18/2018 7:23 AM
//--> //--> The beef cattle herd could expand in 2016. On Jan. 29, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release the annual...

Drovers Radio: November pork, beef exports gain momentum

02/18/2018 7:30 AM
Your browser does not support the audio element. November was a very strong month for pork muscle cut volume, as shipments increased 19 percent from...

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area prices starts the New Year off bright

02/18/2018 7:22 AM
The year started bright for the 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price, which jumped this week nearly $11 to hit $134.04.Our panel of cattle industry...

In the Cattle Markets: Thoughts on the cattle industry in 2016

02/18/2018 6:53 AM
The last two years have been a whirlwind of dramatic extremes for the cattle industry. With historically tight supplies in 2014, record prices in every...

Corn futures rebounded modestly in early Tuesday trading

02/18/2018 7:21 AM
After falling to a six-month low on Chinese and global economic concerns Monday, corn futures rebounded modestly in early Tuesday trading. The fact...

Newport: Struggling with pessimism over beef markets

02/18/2018 6:53 AM
Yesterday at church one of my neighbors, Larry Layton, told me he'd sure like to see me write something positive about the cattle markets.I told him...

Cyclically lower

02/18/2018 6:52 AM
Expansion kicks into gear, but solid ranch profits remainPrices for your calves will be lower this year. While that's unwelcome news, to be sure, there...

Somali workers fired at Colorado packing plant in prayer dispute

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
Nearly 200 workers, mostly Somali immigrants, have been fired from a meat-packing plant in Colorado after staging a walkout to protest what they said...

Cargill to invest $111 million to convert Nebraska beef processing plant

02/18/2018 7:28 AM
Original Release: September 25, 2015 Cargill is investing $111 million to convert its ground beef plant at Columbus, Neb., to a cooked meats facility...

Marketing branded beef works for farms and ranches

02/18/2018 7:30 AM
An increasing amount of consumers want to know more about their food and are looking for local products. Beef producers have started to catch onto that...

New website offers resources to help operators understand, manage farm risk

02/18/2018 7:29 AM
A new website from Purdue University'sCenter for Commercial Agricultureand theIndiana Soybean Allianceis available to help farm operators manage risk.Farm...

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Managing Orphaned Calves After April Blizzard

04/21/2018 3:56 AM
Many calves were born during the April blizzard last week. Many calves survived as a result of the hard work of ranchers, giving them warmth and shelter...

Focus on Getting Cows Bred Early in the Breeding Season

04/20/2018 9:45 AM
I was speaking at a meeting one evening and I was talking about how nutrition affects reproduction. I got to the portion of the talk discussing how post-partum...

Classroom to Feedyard: High School Researcher Tackles Coccidiosis

04/20/2018 8:15 AM
When high-school student Chesney Reeves set out to choose a research project for her advanced biology class, she knew she wanted to pursue a livestock-related...

Spring is the Time for Selection for Udder Soundness

04/19/2018 8:17 AM
Every year at "preg" checking time, ranchers evaluate cows and make decisions as which to remove from the herd. One criteria that should be examined...

Meteorologist Rescues Cow Herd from Fire with Help of Facebook Users

04/17/2018 11:28 PM
With the help of Facebook Live viewers a meteorologist from Oklahoma City was able to save a herd of cows and calves from a fire in northwest Oklahoma. Oklahoma...

Data Drives Decisions on JX Ranch

04/17/2018 12:19 AM
Texas rancher Max Martin epitomizes the old adage you can’t manage what you don’t measure. And Martin measures everything possible on JX Ranch near...

Spring Storms and Cold Stress

04/16/2018 11:11 PM
Cold stress with cattle is often associated with below zero temperatures, especially in the Northern Plains. In reality, cattle that are adapted to the...

Wareham: Use of Cattle Technology Can Propel You Forward

04/16/2018 6:07 AM
New technologies will never be in short supply. Some will be transcendent and forever change our operational dynamics, while others will litter the pathway...

BeefTalk: Grass Calving

04/13/2018 10:29 AM
Reflection is a good thing. Reflection helps put our decisions in perspective relative to our lives, our work, our community and our world. This spring’s...

Injectable Trace Mineral Did Not Influence Reproductive Performance

04/12/2018 10:18 AM
Many producers provide a free-choice trace mineral to grazing cattle throughout the year. Trace minerals have been shown to have an essential role in...