Tag: Gateway Livestock Exchange

Beef Market Update: “Sometimes when things look like they could go good, they go better”

It was a wild and crazy run for the cattle markets this week, and the weekend could be the breather that funds and feedyards need. June live cattle finished the week up 3.45 percent, even with the severe limit down drop on Friday. In the last three months June cattle are up 21.44 percent, which… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Carcass Weights are Lower While the Live Cattle Futures Go on a Run

The cattle markets have seen two weeks of strong futures gains, which is bringing smiles to the faces of cattle feeders. With carcass weights lower in Canada and the United States, they’re are current and looking to fill empty pens as the cash market rises. The summer of 2016 is still fresh in cattle feeders minds… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Year-Over-Year Carcass Weights Lower for the First Time in 3 Years

In the last month, live cattle prices have finally stabilized and it’s welcome relief for everyone in the cattle business. Fundamentally, what is supporting this stability? According to Anne Wasko, with Gateway Livestock, there are tighter cattle supplies, cattle feeders are current, carcass weights are lower than a year ago for the first time since… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A Slide in Global Markets Will Pressure Cattle Prices…Eventually

As summer begins its last hurrah and ranchers anticipate the fall run, the underlying factors of supply and demand are still supporting cattle prices. But very large, global shifts in markets and economic stability are causing all sorts of fallout for grain and oil markets — how long before those macro trends pressure cattle prices?… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Perfect Market Storm Creates Increased Financing Needs for Feeders

There are good times and there are bad financial times for cattle producers. So far 2014 has been a period of very positive margins. As feeder and live cattle prices have soared higher, the Canadian Dollar and feed costs have lowered quite rapidly. This has put pressure on feedyards to find additional financing requirements in… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Wasko Wraps Up the NCBA 2014 Meeting

Its the beginning of February which means it is time for the annual National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) meeting.  With the cash market higher and feed prices lower than a year ago, cattle producers are seeing some strong margins and reasons for putting increased cattle on feed. Shaun Haney and Anne Wasko discuss the meeting… Read more »

Beef Market Update – 2013 Brought Some Big Changes From Start to Finish

Change is constant. The year of 2013 has brought significant changes to the market conditions for feedyard operators and ranchers across Canada. Not only have prices for fats and feeders risen, but the Canadian Dollar and feed prices have dropped lower. When you add all this up it means that margins for producers are in… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Cattle Prices Rise But Will The Proverbial Shit Hit the Fan

Who can complain about $1,000 calves, lower feed prices and actual positive feeding margins?  Well maybe cash croppers…..  It is starting to look like it is the beef producers turn to make some money in this economic tug-of-war. But wait, there are some issues standing in the way of profits and smooth sailing.   As… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Decent Supplies, mCOOL Uncertainty Weigh on Western Canadian Prices

In this edition of the Beef Market Update for late September, Anne Wasko, marketing analyst with Gateway Livestock Exchange, offers commentary on last week’s on-feed cattle report out of the U.S. that added to the bullish outlook there. The hiccup is, she explains to RealAgriculture.com editor Lyndsey Smith, that the same bullish factors of tight… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Record US Cutout but Lower US Cattle Prices

Shaun Haney and Anne Wasko discuss the increase in US beef cutout prices versus the slumping cash price to feedyards. Is it all about packer margin or is there a bigger story yet to be told on beef demand through the summer. If you cannot see the embedded audio file, CLICK HERE

Canadian Beef Market Update: Cow Slaughter – What Does this Mean for Heifer Retention

If you cannot se the embedded video player above, Click Here Anne Wasko and Shaun Haney discuss the recent cow slaughter prices. As Anne mentions to Shaun there is some interesting issues at play here. Domestic cow slaughter 1st quarter is down 7% while exports are double last year meaning that disposals are up 20%… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Feb US Cattle on Feed Placement Down 14% in Comparison to Last Year

If you cannot see the above embedded audio player, click here With growing speculation that feedyards in the US and Canada would be attempting to contain losses by limiting the amount of cattle they fed, the February placement number in the USDA Cattle on Feed Report confirmed it. The March 22, 2013 USDA Cattle on Feed report… Read more »

Beef Market Update – A Hurricane Hits the Beef Market?

The markets are volatile and could be described liked standing inside a hurricane at times.  Only this time the hurricane was real.  With Hurricane Sandy ripping through the east coast, the impacts on beef demand must be questioned. With the XL Foods hangover working its way out, feed yards and ranchers are trying to get… Read more »

Beef Market Update – XL Foods Plant Shutdown Creates Significant Basis Risk

With less cattle slaughter capacity in Canada, many ranchers and feedyards are concerned about the possibility for the feeder cattle and live basis to significantly widen.  A basis that gets too wide makes the current Canadian model unworkable. Currently the live cattle basis sites at 16-18 which is the same as last year at this… Read more »

Beef Market Update – XL Foods Plant Shutdown Raises Major Concerns for Beef Producers

The fallout from the XL Foods meat recall continues as the latest development has the CFIA shutting down the Brooks facility until corrective actions can be taken. In the meantime, consumer confidence continues to wane as the urban sector tries to wrap it’s head around what is happening. See all of all of the RealAgriculture.com… Read more »