Category: Beef Market Update

Beef Market Update – U.S. & Canada Cattle on Feed Reports, Anne Dunford

When things are profitable for the feedlot operator, we generally see those operators start to fill pens. That’s the historic trend and it just makes good sense. However, the Canfax  numbers for March show cattle placements down again in Canada. As the number of cattle on-feed drop, producers who depend on those numbers begin to… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Where Do We Go From Here?

Barley is bumping off of $200, corn is $7.00 per bushel and dressed cattle prices are just under $200.  What is going on here?  With inputs and cattle prices both in bull runs it is easy to get caught up in the assumption that this will last forever.  As the old saying goes, what goes… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Have We Seen the Canadian Spring Highs Yet?

It has been a challenging year for cattle feeders in the respect that unhedged cattle have performed well financially but the majority of cattle for progressive producers were contracted or hedged. On top of this is the fact that replacing cattle in the feed yard is very expensive based on the break evens that are… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Are We Too Bullish in 2011? – Anne Dunford

It is really hard to find analysts, feeders and ranchers that are bearish on this cattle market. The industry as a whole is pretty bullish in comparison to prior years and especially in comparison to two years ago.  Everyone is bullish prices in 2011 but are they bullish margins and if they are not, should… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Volatility Brings Opportunity – Anne Dunford

You can look at volatility in two ways.  Volatility in the cattle markets means that you may be exposed to risk that you did not plan for.  For example, earlier this decade when the CDN dollar moved from the low 70’s to par in a violent upward fashion which caught many people off guard. The other… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Feeder Hopes for the CDN Dollar and Feed Prices to Go Lower

In this weeks episode of the Beef Market Update, Anne Dunford discusses the need for cattle feeders to see feed prices and Canadian Dollar go lowr based on the calf placement prices. The reality is that this will probably not happen in the short term, which will lead to losses in this turn of cattle… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Just Ask Anne – Anne Dunford

We thought it would be cool to do something for the Beef Market Update this week.  This week I collected some questions from viewers and gave them to Anne.  We are going to call it JUST ASK ANNE !!! We think that you will really like this segment and we plan to do it more… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will Canadian Feedyards Import US Feeder Cattle? – Anne Dunford

Not since the early 2000’s have Canadian feedyards imported US feeder cattle in great numbers.  Rumours are swirling that 2010 may be the year that this practice becomes popular again.  There is no doubt that this will not sit well with Canadian ranchers due to the possible extra supply dragging down the current healthy calf… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Trying to Place Calves at a Profit Could be Tough – Anne Dunford

In this weeks Beef Market Update Anne Dunford and I discuss the difficult market for feeders right now as cattle feeders await the arrival of the calf run. Limited calves have come to the market so far but the ones that have have a nice little premium attached.  With a flat fat cattle market, weaker than… Read more »