Cattle Markets Seem to be Adapting Surprisingly Well this Year in the Face of a Larger SupplyTue, 26 Sep 2017 10:12:22 CDT
According to Jim Robb of the Denver based Livestock Marketing Information Center, the activity of cattle markets recently is showing some stability and resilience in the face of bigger cattle supplies, as suggested by the latest Cattle on Feed report from the USDA.
“Overall, I think the markets have somewhat adapted to the levels of production we’ve had,” he said. “We slaughter last week up 6.9 percent year-over-year, so to have a stronger cattle market in the face of larger slaughter - most of which came from heifer and cow slaughter - is a market, I think, dealing surprisingly well. And, a little bit of an uptick last week is a good sign.”
That stability, he says, has also been observed in live cattle futures as well. While some areas in the market may be a bit of a mixed bag at this point, Robb insists there is definitive year-over-year strengthening. He points out calf prices, for example, are much stronger than the industry anticipated, up a full $20 above a year ago.
“We saw from a technical perspective (markets) trying to churn a little bit early in the week and some clear strengthening as the week progressed,” he said. “And again, that was probably supported by the meat markets looking a little better.”
Listen to Jim Robb of the LMIC offer a big picture perspective on the unanticipated strength of the cattle market this year, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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