Beef Market Update – U.S. Cattle on Feed Report Provides Insight Into the Hot Feeder Market

The USDA October Cattle on Feed Report came out late last week with one number in particular well above U.S. analysts estimates. The October 1st on-feed inventory was roughly a percent above estimates, re-establishing the impact the drought in key cattle producing parts of the U.S. is having on the regular flow of cattle. The placement numbers for under 600 weight cattle are significantly larger than other classes, lending creedance to the fact that ranchers have no other place to put those cattle. The difference between estimates and actuals isn’t really a shock to the market, but may cause a decline in deferred contracts.

The other big story is happening on the demand side, as we see the effects of the consolidation of the North American meat market made apparent. A shift in buying by a major retailer has contributed to widening the choice select spread significantly. In this episode of the Beef Market Update we discuss the U.S. Cattle on Feed Report, the feeder run and the effect one major player can have on the market.

SEE MORE BEEF MARKET UPDATE

If you cannot see the embedded video below click here.

 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

Trending

Should ‘vertical’ factory farms get a free pass?

In a recent Fast Company magazine article there was a feature on the benefits of using technology to produce food. The article praised the efficiency gains made by implementing the latest in what technology could provide. The farm in the article is located in San Francisco. That's right, it's a vertical farm. The company's name…Read more ยป

Related

Leave a Reply