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Cattle Market Finds Tipping Point in '15, CattleFax's Randy Blach Says Market Lost Price Discovery

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:03:56 CST

Cattle Market Finds Tipping Point in '15, CattleFax's Randy Blach Says Market Lost Price Discovery

After the cattle market flip of 2015, cattle producers are finding a greater need for price discovery. In speaking at the Cattle Industry Convention, CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach said there needs to be more points of price discovery on a weekly basis.

ďWhen we have one point of price discovery at 4:30 on Friday afternoon where we trade cash cattle, thatís not a very efficient way of doing business, is it?Ē Blach said.

The downturn in the cattle markets were compounded by a large amount of heavy cattle that were backed up in the system in the late summer and early fall. Blach said the market was offering an incentive to packers to ship cattle out of those areas and move them to areas with less inventory. He said when you do that, you end up with a much more limited cash price market in the central and southern Plains and there isnít any price discovery. At the time, he said 95 percent of the cattle were being sold on a formula or grid and only five percent were selling in the cash market in the central and southern plains and thatís when the industry found its tipping point.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays remembers a time when there were 18,000 to 20,000 head selling weekly in the region. Today, the Texas Cattle Feeders are reporting 1,500 - 2,500 head. That change has been quite dramatic. Things also changed in losing the Cargill packing plant in Friona, Texas. Blach said feeders need access to packing plants. An area like Kansas will probably see more price discovery.

ďAs long as we have a point of adequate price discovery within that region, I think thatís whatís most important,Ē Blach said.

Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays featured Blach on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to today's Beef Buzz.

You can hear the complete conversation that Ron and Randy had at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego- by clicking here.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.

Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Randy Blach of CattleFax
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