Tag Archives: Cattle Markets

Lessons from the 2015 cattle market wreck

 Though there were other contributors to the late summer – early fall market slide, but all in all, the backlog of overdone cattle fueled the price slide. The animal science people will try to convince you that maximizing individual animal … Continue reading

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Feedyard vs. cow-calf inventory returns: Who fared best in 2015?

A common error made by many cattle feeders is the belief that they “must” own cattle at all times. NOT. It is prudent to step aside when the numbers call for it. If you can’t place an effective hedge going … Continue reading

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U.S. feedlot cattle placements hit nearly 20-year low

Report called neutral for CME live cattle futures By Theopolis Waters via Canadian Cattlemen (USDA.gov via Flickr) Chicago | Reuters — The number of cattle placed into U.S. feedlots last month declined four per cent from a year ago to … Continue reading

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Is the cattle cycle back?

The biology of the cow controls the speed of the expansion phase, while the magnitude of decreasing cattle prices controls the speed of the contraction phase. And that is why market crashes are steeper than up-trends. Sometimes the downside is … Continue reading

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Cattle market predictions; PLUS: 3 components of the cattle cycle

Are you bearish or bullish on the cattle market? Do you think the beef industry will continue to follow the traditional cattle cycle? Here are our predictions.   I was once asked by the President of the University where I … Continue reading

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Free Fall Continues

 But all you guys have them hedged, right?  By Cassie Fish, CassandraFish.com  at The Beef The bearish tag team event continues, with boxed beef prices picking up steam on the down chasing cash fed cattle and live cattle futures lower. In … Continue reading

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When China growls, everyone gets heartburn

by Troy Marshall in My View From The Country Will the Chinese devaluation of the yuan hit you in the pocketbook? It’s not that I’m an impartial observer. Like everyone in the cattle business, my livelihood is determined to a … Continue reading

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Cattle Futures Collapse– Again

  This is why commodity futures speculation is only for those with a very high propensity for risk and have a few “game tokens.” Even then, one should never “bet the farm.” Risk only an amount that, if you opened … Continue reading

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3 years, 3 million cows

Just about every publication and website that has to do with your business, Including BEEF, has thoroughly reported on the fact that cattle producers are aggressively engaged in rebuilding the nation’s cowherd. The question is, how fast will that happen? … Continue reading

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The End of an Era

For those of us that have traded these markets for decades, this week marks the end of an era… The migration to electronic trading is virtually complete. For some reason this leaves me with a sad, empty feeling. “Nostalgic” is … Continue reading

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