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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Markets
Sep 25, 2015
It was yet another week of market mayhem last week. Cash cattle, live futures, wholesale beef, cash feeders, and feeder futures… all down. The whole supply chain is correcting the issue of too many cattle that are too big producing too much meat to fit current demand.


Markets
Sep 25, 2015
Analysts are not entirely sure what to call the most recent Cattle on Feed report. Was it bullish? Bearish? Neither? The best description was likely “more-of-the-same and one surprise” and that surprise was lower than expected placements. Whether that is good or bad for the market depends on your perspective.


News
Sep 25, 2015
At a media workshop hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), members of the agricultural media were brought up to date on a host of scientific findings regarding the value of beef and protein in American diets. Four different individuals—from registered dieticians to academic researchers—presented some of.
Markets
Sep 18, 2015
Things were ugly last week. Very, very ugly. The cash cattle trade wrapped up Thursday with over 71,000 head confirmed sold for the week at $131-135 live and $212-216 dressed. For both live and dressed, they took the bottom end of the prior week’s range and made it the top of last week’s, dropping the low end down $4-5.


Markets
Sep 11, 2015
Fall is just around the corner and there’s still some 2015 left to go, but it’s never too early to dust off the economic crystal balls. Considering the way the market has behaved this and last year, cow/ calf producers and cattle feeders need to consider what 2016 has in store for feeder cattle.


Markets
Sep 11, 2015
The cash fed trade was reluctant to stir last week, but by last Thursday it had been coerced to complete something like a third of the week’s total trade if past weeks are any indication. About 14,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week, most of them on Thursday, at $139-142 live and $218-222 dressed.


News
Sep 11, 2015
At the recent annual meeting of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R- CALF) in Denver, Mike Calicrate of Ranch Foods Direct and Calicrate Banders described his mobile slaughter unit to the crowd. Along with being an efficient use of resources, he described it as an opportunity for ranchers to break away from larger fixed-facility processing plants and really find out what value the market places on beef.


Markets
Sep 4, 2015
The cash fed cattle market was mostly completed by Thursday last week with almost 46,000 head confirmed sold. Live cattle were trading for $140-142 live with averages trending in the low end of the range and dressed cattle were a solid $222 dressed. This was $4-7 lower live and down $11-12 for dressed compared to the prior week’s sales.


Markets
Aug 31, 2015
The results of the August Cattle on Feed report were not particularly unexpected. The reality matched almost perfectly with pre-report analyst estimates. For example, at 10 million head in feedlots with 1,000-head or greater capacities as of Aug. 1, the most recent on-feed population was up 2.


Markets
Aug 28, 2015
The cash fed cattle trade was sluggish at best with the leverage in the hands of the packers to buy cattle cheap. By Thursday, barely more than 8,500 head had been confirmed sold which was too slight a volume to set a trend. Live heifers traded between $140-145, but averages were on the lower end of the range, and dressed steers were going for $227.