Category: Beef Market Update

Beef Market Update: October Brings Opportunity for Ranchers and Feedyards

Expect the unexpected is one of those phrases we’ve been trained to associate with something negative. In the reality of this global economic situation, that is understandable. Sometimes however, we get an unexpected silver lining type situation. The story surrounding our Canadian dollar and our cattle exports is one of those. A weaker dollar,(even if… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A Dropping CDN Dollar and Slumping Boxed Beef Sales

With the announcement of the TWIST package in the United States this week, the currency and commodity markets have been put into a volatile mess. I say mess, cattle feeders say relief. With the Canadian Dollar dropping below par for the first time since February, Canadian cattle feeders can now breath a sigh of relief… Read more »

Beef Market Update: The Hot Feeder Run Continues

The fall of 2011 may prove to be one of the most profitable seasons that the cow-calf producer has seen since the beginning of the last decade. Feeder cattle prices have begun the feeder run in Western Canada on a very hot step. Some will say though that the rancher needs a series of these… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Roller Coaster of Confusion Continues

In the last two weeks the feeder price and fat cattle price has moved in a very violent down and up swing. Is it based on fundamentals? I am not an analyst but someone that tries to follow the cattle industry closely and I have no way to tell you whether this market is going… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Fed Cattle Highs Are Over As We Enter Spring – Anne Dunford

With the record high fat cattle prices behind us, we have entered the spring lulls which usually bring the same sentiment. This year many producers are staring at expensive inventory, potential sky rocketing feed costs and some nice profits made in the first four months of the year. With the seasonal summer lows expected 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- Record Fat Cattle Prices – Anne Dunford Mar 3, 2011

I can remember back earlier in the year when Anne Dunford told me that, “higher prices doesn’t mean higher profits.”  It would seem that this is proving to be very true in the cattle markets.  Feedyards that locked in with contracts are disappointed and wishing more cattle were being sold in the cash market.  The… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will Santa Bring the Gift of a Profitable 2011 First Quarter

When you look back at 2010 it was a real turnaround year for the cattle markets.  Both the Canadian feedyard and the rancher did quite well considering all the volatility in the marketplace.  We saw higher calf prices and fat prices throughout the fall run which was much needed and required more some people to… Read more »