Carcass and maternal traits go hand in glove

Carcass and maternal traits go hand in glove

Carcass and maternal traits go hand in glove MARKET UPDATE Cash fed cattle prices remained firmer last week with instances of $120/cwt. live trade in Iowa, while eastern Nebraska saw the top end of $190/cwt. dressed, resulting in a weekly live average of $119/cwt. Two...
Carcass value continues to motivate sellers

Carcass value continues to motivate sellers

Carcass value continues to motivate sellers MARKET UPDATE Cattle feeders took a firmer grip on the rope last week with a cash fed cattle price more than $2/cwt. higher than the week prior, although that detail is lost in the pricing table due to rounding. While...
Sign of the times

Sign of the times

Sign of the times MARKET UPDATE The fed cattle market average last week was steady on the week prior with a $115/cwt. average on a live basis and $181/cwt. dressed. Throughput in the packing sector was exceptional again with a 657K head total federally inspected...
Cull cows and the lean market

Cull cows and the lean market

Cull cows and the lean market MARKET UPDATE Cattle and boxed beef markets have posted significant gains over the past two weeks in a continuation of what has been an impressive recovery since the unsettled markets of August/September. Negotiated fed-steers and heifers...
Squaring carcass value and calf prices

Squaring carcass value and calf prices

Squaring carcass value and calf prices MARKET UPDATEThe past two weeks have featured fed cattle prices in a slowly increasing trend with the 5-area weighted average in the range of $109-$110/cwt. The higher trending CME Live Cattle futures contracts encouraged a...
Fall carcass weights and CAB trends

Fall carcass weights and CAB trends

Fall carcass weights and CAB trends MARKET UPDATE From a seller’s perspective, the fed-cattle trade continues to improve, with last week’s numbers making it the third straight week of higher prices since September 9th. Feeders gained a tighter grip on the trade with...