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...
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 each passing day last week. Earlier...