Tag Archives: Cattle Prices

What’s worse than no cattle futures?

Live Cattle futures have become so disconnected from any semblance of reality that their usefulness to cattle producers is suspect at best and damaging at worst. Bull shit and so-what? Futures (and options) prices have never had anything to do … Continue reading

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Cattle futures: Trading hope or thin air?

“There is some concern by industry professionals and analysts that the feeder cattle market trade is far removed from the fundamentals in the market,” The proper response to a statement like that is “so what?” When the producer places his … Continue reading

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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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2016 Outlook: Expect Lower Cattle Prices and Modest Profits

For what it is worth. — jtl, 419 By Greg Henderson at Beef Today Your calves will likely fetch fewer dollars next year, but most ranchers should still find 2016 a profitable year. © Wyatt Bechtel Editor’s note: This is one … 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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Planning from the cattle cycle’s front end

 Notwithstanding the recent and brutal price slide stemming from a market front-loaded with over-fed cattle, Petry explains, “A number of headwinds have developed in 2015 that could cause cattle prices to decline cyclically for the next several years.” What is … Continue reading

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Half Gone

What took 5 years to unfold has been erased by half in one year. As “Dandy” Don Merideth used to sing: Turn out the lights,the party’s over they say that all good things must end call it a night,the party’s … 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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