Beyond the storm

Beyond the storm

Beyond the storm   by Abbie Burnett Disappointing cattle prices loom like storm clouds. A third of producers are losing money, while others get by with modest returns and worry about those thunderheads. There are silver linings, of course. CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz...
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 last week averaged $113/cwt.,...
Squaring carcass value and calf prices

Squaring carcass value and calf prices

MARKET UPDATE The 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 bullish mentality for the cash market up...
Premium beef wins again

Premium beef wins again

MARKET UPDATE Cattle market fundamentals are starting to have some impact to stabilize and move prices higher in a slow but steady fashion. The September 1st  Cattle on Feed report indicated placements during the month of August down 9% under a year ago and an “on...