Impressive Beef Exports Continue

The latest trade data released last week showed that the impressive export totals continued through the month of September. Total beef and veal exports were 13.95 percent higher in September 2017 than in September 2016. Year-to-date, total exports are up 14.46 … Continue reading

Forage Conditions and Cattle Demand

Forage conditions are an important driver of calf prices this time of year. When forage is abundant, this can support prices as stocker operations want to fill their available pastures. In particular, winter grazing programs in the Southern Plains region (KS, OK, … Continue reading

Feeder Prices Outpacing Seasonal Trends

Feeder price performance this Fall has not followed the seasonally expected trend of lower prices from August to October. Cattle prices generally follow seasonal patterns due to when calves are weaned and sold, when grazing pastures are available, seasonal beef … Continue reading

Feedlot Placements Higher, but Marketings Strong Also

The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report released Friday showed larger supplies of cattle placed into feedlots was expected prior to the report. The report showed a 13.5% increase in the number of cattle placed into feedlots during the month of … Continue reading

Beef Exports Remain Strong

Beef exports continue to exceed 2016 levels as they have every month of 2017. The latest report shows August exports were 14.7 percent higher than the same period last year. This brings the January-August increase to 14.5 percent higher in … Continue reading

Beef in Cold Storage Situation

Somewhat hidden under the discussion about the cattle on feed report last week was the release of the most recent report on beef in cold storage. The Cold Storage report indicated that frozen stocks were at 476.3 million pounds on … Continue reading

Understanding Feeder Cattle Price Slides: republished from Dr. Derrell Peel

This week’s article comes from a recent publication by Dr. Derrell Peel at Oklahoma State University. Mississippi prices follow similar patterns and considering price slides is a useful method of price analysis. Feeder cattle prices depend on the weight of … Continue reading

September 1st Cattle on Feed Report Recap

The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report released Friday showed larger supplies of cattle placed into feedlots than most analysts expected prior to the report. The report showed a three percent increase in the number of cattle placed into feedlots … Continue reading

Feeder Steer Price Behavior

Continuing on with the discussion of seasonal cycles in Mississippi Cattle Prices, this week we are looking at a primary source of revenue for many operations: feeder steers. Feeder steer prices in Mississippi are dependent upon prices around the country. Feedlot … Continue reading

Cull Cow Price Behavior

Cull cow prices are an important factor for many operations in the Southeast. Most operations wean calves in the fall months, and that is also when they select cows for culling and begin to sell them. As we approach the … Continue reading