Livestock Markets: Few Surprises in USDA Cattle Reports Jul 27, 2020

🕔Jul 27, 2020
The U.S. cattle herd is known to cycle through periods of expansion and contraction roughly every 10 years or so. High feed prices from 2007 through 2013 contributed to one […]

Livestock: Cattle Finishing Net Return Prospects for 2020 Jan 13, 2020

🕔Jan 13, 2020
Fed cattle prices have increased dramatically in the last several weeks.  In September, fed cattle prices for steers in Kansas averaged $101.23 per cwt.  At the end of 2019, fed […]

Midwest: Crop, Livestock Price Prospects for 2020 Jan 9, 2020

🕔Jan 9, 2020
This is a presentation summary from the 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 16-20, 2019. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries […]

Livestock: Feeding Cost of Gain and Cattle Finishing Net Returns Mar 8, 2019

🕔Mar 8, 2019
A recent farmdoc daily article examined the prospects for cattle finishing net returns in 2019.  This article elaborates on the factors impacting feeding cost of gain and cattle finishing net returns.  After […]

Livestock: Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in 2019 Feb 7, 2019

🕔Feb 7, 2019
After averaging $111 per head in 2017, net returns averaged a loss of $45 per head in 2018.  The largest losses occurred in June and July, with losses of $126 […]

Soy, Corn, Cattle Prices: Hindsight and the Possibilities of Bullish Outcomes – DTN Jan 21, 2019

🕔Jan 21, 2019
Two weeks ago, this column talked about the history of corn prices and showed how low corn prices at the start of the year tend to have bullish outcomes and […]

Livestock: Cattle on Feed Inventories Nearly 5% Above Last Year Aug 27, 2018

🕔Aug 27, 2018
USDA released its August Cattle on Feed report last Friday, providing an update with respect to the current on feed inventory along with estimated placements on feed during July, which will influence […]

Livestock: Cattle Finishing – Net Return Prospects Aug 6, 2018

🕔Aug 6, 2018
After large losses in 2015 and 2016, cattle finishing net returns averaged approximately $110 per head in 2017.  Net returns were much tighter in the first half of 2018.  Current […]

Livestock: Cattle Inventory Increases; Tariffs Hang Over Markets Jul 23, 2018

🕔Jul 23, 2018
USDA released a flurry of reports last week, including the mid-year Cattle inventory, the July Cattle on Feed and the July Livestock Slaughter reports. The Cattle inventory report provides the first estimate of the nation’s 2018 calf crop […]

Livestock: Increasing Meat Production Likely to Push Cattle Prices Lower Apr 30, 2018

🕔Apr 30, 2018
Meat production in the U.S. during the January-March quarter was up over 2% compared to a year earlier. The increase in meat production took place virtually across the board as […]

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