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Dr. Derrell Peel Makes His Market Predictions for the Coming Months, Considering Recent Reports

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:04:42 CST

Dr. Derrell Peel Makes His Market Predictions for the Coming Months, Considering Recent Reports

Yesterday, OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, gave his analysis of USDA's November Cattle on Feed report. Today, he speaks with Farm Director Ron Hays again, this time incorporating his interpretation of the November report with the last few reports from this year, and from that trendline formulates for producers his outlook for the near future as we move into the new year.

"As an overall market level, you can make the argument probably that on a year-to-year basis, we're still looking at an overall decrease in prices in 2017," Peel surmises. "That said, given where we dropped to here recently in 2016, going into 2017, I see this as more of a sideways kind of a market."

At its current level, Dr. Peel believes the market is still fairly supportable. Accounting for seasonality in his prediction, he proposes fed cattle prices will most likely finish out the year in a range near $105 give or take, perhaps a little stronger even. If so, he says this means prices could potentially peak up to $110-115 or higher during the spring.

All things considered, it has been a very unusual year for the feeder cattle market. Nonetheless, Dr. Peel says he still sees some buying opportunities for producers to take advantage of in middle to heavier weight cattle.

"I would just encourage producers to take a look at maybe some other weights," Peel said. "Look a little heavier then you might normally buy and see if that pencils out to perhaps be a little better opportunity for you."

OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel joins Farm Director Ron Hays, on today's Beef Buzz, to discuss his outlook on the cattle markets based on recent USDA reports. Click below for the audio on the LISTEN BAR.

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.



Listen to Ron Hays as he is joined by Dr. Derrell Peel to discuss his cattle market predictions for 2017
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