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  • Wes Ismael
    Sep 11, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Sept, 12, 2015

    Continued volatility in financial markets, heavier carcass weights and slower market speeds all worked against cattle prices this week. Notwithstanding a surge in cattle futures prices on Tuesday, cash calf and feeder cattle prices could muster only steady money at best, as futures prices hovered and then crumbled again on Friday....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Sep 4, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Sept, 5, 2015

    Price swings were narrower and the pressure was softer, but plenty of uncertainty continued weighing on cattle markets this week. Overall, yearlings sold mostly steady to $3 per cwt higher, calves sold steady to $5 higher. Most of those gains came from early to mid-week, as the market sought correction from the previous week’s steep plunge....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Jun 13, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, June 13, 2015

    Feeder cattle buyers continue to battle in the ultra-competitive yearling market, especially in the Southern Plains. Yearlings sold steady to $3 per cwt higher. There were instances on $5-$7 higher in the second half of the week, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). A narrow and scattered calf offering wobbled ahead unevenly from steady money to $5 higher to $5 lower....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    May 22, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, May 23, 2015

    For the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend, yearlings traded fully steady to $3 per cwt higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Friday, with most of the advance on cattle heavier than 800 pounds. Where tested, calves sold steady with instances of $5 higher....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Apr 17, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015

    Cattle markets darted sharply in both directions this week, on mostly the same information, as traders tried to determine how much room is left, if any, for prices to grow. Feeder cattle and calves traded steady to mostly $5 lower at the start of the week, amid the lingering hangover from the previous week’s crumbling cattle futures and scant cash fed cattle trade....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Apr 4, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015

    Calves and feeder cattle traded mostly $2-$5 per cwt. higher this week as markets built on the previous week's strength in wholesale beef values and cash fed cattle prices. Receipts are currently made up of growing-lot yearlings and fall-born calves, both carrying considerable flesh, but there seems to be plenty of buyers eagerly bidding on all classes of beef....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Mar 28, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015

    The second week of spring and trade was very active and demand very good as buyers were extremely aggressive to own all weights and classes of cattle," explained the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reporter on hand for Thursday's sale at Pratt Livestock Auction in Kansas. Feeder steers sold $8-$12 per cwt higher and feeder heifers sold firm to $8 higher....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Mar 21, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015

    Calves and feeder cattle traded mostly steady to $5 on either side of steady this first week of spring, depending on location, weight, and buyer, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Eager bidders were abundant marking what could be a good start to the spring cattle markets....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Mar 14, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015

    Yearling feeder cattle sold firm to $5 per cwt higher this week, according to the Agricultural marketing Service (AMS). Calves sold as much as $10-$15 higher compared to the most recent broad market test. Grazing demand, cattle moving from wheat pasture in the South Central Plains, and the first week of weather out of several conducive to widespread marketing, helped push the market ahead....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Mar 6, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015

    In the Midwest and Northern Plains where feeder cattle had good receipts, analysts with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) say buyers were aggressive in getting ready for spring pastures. There were instances of $6-$8/cwt. for yearlings in these areas, while the overall market was mostly firm to $5 higher....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Feb 27, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

    In a week of weather-curtailed receipts, especially in the Southeast and Southwest, yearlings traded $2-$5/cwt. lower. Calves sold unevenly steady. Pressure still looms over the market with neither buyers nor sellers content. About the only market participant satisfied is someone who sold cattle two months ago....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Feb 21, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

    The cattle market is trying to sort out strength of beef demand and how consumers will respond to pricey beef products as more chicken and pork become available, says Penton market analyst John Otte. Futures markets are currently in the process of re-pricing forward fed and feeder cattle in light of the changing demand picture....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Feb 14, 2015
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

    Cash, calf and feeder markets continue to build on the previous weeks gains with calves and feeders bringing steady money to $5 higher. Trade in the Southeast was more in the range of $4-$8/cwt higher as stocker operators look to lock up grass cattle sooner rather than later....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Dec 6, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

    Cash calf and feeder cattle continued riding tight supplies to stronger prices this week. Calves sold steady to $5/cwt. higher with plenty of instances of $10-$15 higher, compared to the last fully established market two weeks ago. Yearling feeders traded unevenly steady with the most price advance early in the week....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Nov 28, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

    Although cash calf and feeder markets were only partially tested during the holiday week, calves and yearlings traded steady to $5/cwt. higher in early-week auctions. Feeder-cattle futures extended losses as feed lot margins remain under pressure, according to John Otte, Penton market analysts explained on Wednesday. Although feed grain prices have fallen to the lowest levels in years, feeder-cattle costs have climbed higher than the ascent in live fed cattle prices, sparking concerns about demand for light-weight animals....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Nov 21, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

    Continued snug supplies and more farmer-feeders in the buying crowd as harvest winds up, helped calf prices trade steady to $5/cwt. higher this week throughout the Southern Plains and Northern Plains. There were instances of $8-$10 higher. Remaining yearling feeder cattle on offer traded fully steady to $3 higher....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Nov 15, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

    Yearling feeder cattle continued to underpin auction prices this week, bringing steady money to instances of $5/cwt. higher according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Week-to week, Feeder Cattle futures were an average of $4.59 higher across the board....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Nov 8, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

    Buyers paid steady to firm money for the shrinking supplies of yearling cattle this week. Calves in the Southern Plains and Southeast traded steady to $5 higher with demand for stocker cattle to send to wheat pasture. Up north, though, calves traded mostly $5 lower with instance of $10 lower....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Nov 1, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

    Price levels remain very attractive for yearlings coming off grass with good weighing conditions and strings of long-time weaned, fancy calves. The other side of the coin is extreme prejudice against un-weaned, fleshy bawlers (high risk) selling, in many cases, in small consignments of mixed quality and color. All in all, with supplies growing tighter, true yearling prices this week traded steady to firm in the cattle markets with instances of $5/cwt. higher....More
  • Wes Ishmael
    Oct 25, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

    Notwithstanding the fact that calf and feeder prices remain amid the historic ether and that supplies remain exceedingly tight, situational economics pressured calf prices this week. For one thing, there is the seasonal increase in auction receipts, comprised of more spring-born calves....More
  • Wes Ismael
    Oct 18, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

    Feeder Cattle futures made decent gains Monday, Oct. 14, and limit-up moves Thursday. They were limit-down $3 across most of the board the other three days. Week-to-week, Feeder Cattle futures were an average of $4.67 lower ($2.05 to $5.72 lower)....More
  • Wes Isnael
    Oct 10, 2014
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    Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

    Cash calf and feeder cattle markets continued flexing contra-seasonal muscle this week with yearlings trading $3-$7/cwt. higher. As for calves, the spring crop is usually under considerable price pressure this time of year, sold $5-$10 higher this week. Buyers paid the full price advance for steer calves and yearlings, according to analysts with the Agricultural marketing Service....More

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