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by WLJ
2010 June 4
Fed cattle prices rebounded last week to post $1 gains in most market areas. In the southern Plains, early live cattle trade developed at mostly $94 last week, with analysts predicting clean-up trade at $95 if the outside markets managed to hold their ground. In the north, dressed trade
by WLJ
2010 May 28
Fed cattle trade ahead of the Memorial Day holiday last week traded early in a range of $147-150 dressed basis in the Corn Belt, with most volume on the lower end of that spectrum. Kansas dressed trade was reported at $93-94 and Colorado feedlots traded cattle on Tuesday
by WLJ
2010 May 21
Outside markets took their toll on the beef business last week. A seasonal turn in cattle demand had feeders selling hedged cattle last week at sharply lower prices. Trade in the South was reported for the week at $96 live basis down $3-4 from the prior week’s action. In the northern tier, dressed
by WLJ
2010 May 15
Last week’s cash fed cattle trade came in steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $100 live basis in the southern Plains and at $99-100 in Kansas. Dressed trade in the northern tier came in a range of $159 to mostly $162-163, as much as $3 higher than the prior week as packers worked
by WLJ
2010 May 7
Trade was an early affair last week as feedlots gained the upper hand to trade showlists at prices steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $99 to $100 live basis in most regions. In the north, trade was conducted at mostly $160 dressed. Despite turmoil in the outside markets,
by WLJ
2010 April 30
Outside markets took their toll on the fed cattle trade last week with a downdraft on Wall Street pulling live cattle contracts and cash lower on Tuesday. The sharply lower action in the equity markets forced commodities lower and cattle feeders jumped into the market to sell cattle at $98-98.
by WLJ
2010 April 16
Fed cattle prices were mostly steady last week on trade that came early. Most of the week’s action was wrapped up by Wednesday, although volumes were reportedly light, leaving many showlist cattle to carry over into the following week. Most of the week’s trade came in
by WLJ
2010 April 9
Early fed cattle trade last week jumped above the $1 level in nearly all of the major feeding regions. The market’s ability to defy gravity and continue to trade higher caught many analysts off-guard, showing that demand is perhaps higher than anyone expected. Trade came
by WLJ
2010 April 2
Fed cattle trade was firming up in the southern Plains at $96 live last week with the call for steady trade in most feeding regions. In the North, dressed trade was expected to unfold in a range of $152-153, steady with the previous weeks action, with most analysts predicting the majority of the volume would come before the end of the day Thursday.
by WLJ
2010 March 26
Fed cattle trade unfolded very early last week as cattle feeders locked in profitable prices and packers worked to get ahead of rising live cattle contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Trade developed in the south Plains at prices steady to $1 lower
by WLJ
2010 March 19
Fed cattle markets were expected to move higher again last week after another rally in the boxed beef markets and significant increases in the futures markets. There was some light trade early last week to regional packers in the north at $152 dressed, but not enough to
by WLJ
2010 March 12
For the second consecutive week, fed cattle trade was slow to get started, with most of the volume expected to be put off until Friday as packers and feedlots faced off over prices. Last Thursday, bids and offers were still $3-4 apart in most areas, with expectations that fed cattle would trade mostly
by WLJ
2010 March 5
Fed cattle trade was put off until Friday last week as packers appeared reluctant to pay asking prices for showlist animals, particularly in the southern tier where cattle were priced at $94-95. The call for the week, ahead of any significant trade last Thursday
by WLJ
2010 February 26
The recent advances in fed cattle prices seem to have pushed the market to its seasonal top last week with the trade mostly steady at $91-92 and analysts predicting that the market would turn lower over the next couple of weeks without
by WLJ
2010 February 19
Fed cattle markets in the North surged higher last week with some early fed trade in Nebraska at $145 dressed. Although it was too light to call the trend for the week, analysts were predicting that fed cattle trade in the southern tier would come in the $90-91 range with most of the northern
by WLJ
2010 February 19
USDAs National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of more than $18 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).
by WLJ
2010 February 12
The fight over water in California’s Central Valley heated up last week after U.S. District Court Judge Oliver W. Wanger granted valley farmers and ranchers a temporary 14-day restraining order on Feb. 5 allowing the pumping of water from
by WLJ
2010 February 12
The fed cattle market softened a little more last week as early trade was hampered by heavy carcass weights, deliveries of heavy cattle against the October live cattle contract, and continued erosion in boxed beef prices. Early trade in the northern Plains
by WLJ
2010 February 12
Nebraska Cattlemen, in partnership with Sand County Foundation, is seeking nominations for the 2010 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska. The award, which is comprised of $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, recognizes Nebraska landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources.
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