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Beef Industry On Track to Avoid Repeat of 2015 Market Crisis

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:35:42 CDT

Beef Industry On Track to Avoid Repeat of 2015 Market Crisis

When comparing the current cattle market to that of a year ago, Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, says there are several year-over-year improvements, but the key factor is keeping the market current.

“We’re really not setting up the industry as we started to do this time last year,” he says. “We had very high feeder prices last year, and the incentive for cattle feeders was to hold the animals on feed because they really couldn’t make money by bringing in animals.”

Robb says recent marketing rates and slaughter weights are both indicators that cattle are moving through the marketing system at a more historical pace, compared to the slower movement of a year ago.

“We don’t set ourselves up for the delayed marketing and then the snowball effect that we had last year in terms of the cattle market,” he says. “I think we’re setting a foundation for not being as dramatically negative as a year ago.”

Although cattle prices are lower than this time last year, Robb says it’s less likely the markets will unravel like in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“It does not look like ’16 is a repeat of ’15,” he says. “I think that’s important for producers to keep in the back of their mind.”

Listen to Robb talk more about the cattle market outlook for the second half of 2016 during the latest Beef Buzz.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is 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.



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