Wes Ishmael

Cattle prices move higher across the board
Cattle prices moved higher with futures prices and wholesale beef values setting a firmer and higher undertone.
Fed price decline is historically steep
Other than in 1974, cash fed cattle prices in August and September dropped the most for that eight week period in 41 years, according to analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center.
Export pressure continues
Beef export value in August (most recent data) was 24% less than year-ago levels, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation this week. Export value of $498 million was the lowest in 18 months. By volume, exports were 18% less than a year earlier.
Cattle futures and outside markets boost cattle prices
Calf and feeder prices finally reversed course this week. From mid-week onward—thanks to a rally in cattle futures--calves traded firm to $5 per cwt higher (instances of $10 higher) and yearlings brought $3-$10 more, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
Record carcass weights strain market weakness
There are too many heavy cattle yet to come to town—a bubble of excess tonnage forged by record-heavy carcass weights and decreasing currentness in marketing.
Cash prices surge lower for all classes of cattle
The backlog of over-fed cattle continues to pressure calf and feeder prices on one side of the scale and beef prices on the other, while historically high beef prices and the strong U.S. dollar take a bite out of export support.
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Heavier carcass weights offsetting lower placements
Softer fed cattle prices and increasing packer leverage, as cattle marketing becomes less current, suggests the value of additional pounds and delayed marketing is no longer worth the cost.
Fed cattle and wholesale beef lead price decline
Bearish fundamentals, including growing total red meat and poultry supplies, worsening feedlot economics, and the reported backlog of ultra-heavy cattle, continue to weigh on cattle prices.
Embrace the water availability debate or else?
How cattle and agriculture fare in the ultimate allocation and use of water will have plenty to do with producer leadership.
Cattle prices dive lower across the board
Though calf and feeder prices remain strong when measured against history, economic misery at the feedlot is taking a healthy bite out of calf and feeder prices.
Low-stress handling during weaning pays big
Investing more time in low-stress handling before weaning can save time and expense later.
Corn yield projected lower
Analysts raised the expected season-average farm price for corn 10¢ on both ends of the range to $3.45-$4.05 per bushel, in the September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Forecast calls for lower prices amid increased production
Although beef production continues lower this year, heavy carcass weights will likely pressure prices through the remainder of this year and into next as overall beef production increases.

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