Marketing

Withstanding Market Volatility

by Luke Schwieterman, President of Schwieterman Inc. It seems the cattle market lately has been the victim of excess volatility from outside markets. At the time of this article being written, the Dow is down 400 points over worry that Europe’s banking problems may bleed over into the US banking system. Without political leadership, the world seems to be on the brink of collapse from day…

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Withstanding market volatility

By: Luke Schwieterman It seems the cattle market lately has been the victim of excess volatility from outside markets. At the time of this article being written, the Dow is down 400 points over worry that Europe’s banking problems may bleed over into the US banking system. Without political leadership, the world seems to be on the brink of collapse from day to day. Asking prices…

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Southern carcass improvement project update

A survey designed to estimate the value of the Southern Carcass Improvement Project (SCIP) cattle as 60-day weaned feeder calves was recently completed by feedyard managers, stocker producers, and auction market operators. A total of 95 experienced cattle market participants from a dozen states were asked to gauge the value of each of the two SCIP sire groups using pictures and a brief written description on…

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The Corn Factor

By: Luke Schwieterman The big news in the USDA July Supply and Demand report was corn ending stocks estimated at 870 million bushels which is 175 million more than a month ago but 143 million bushels less than the average trade guess. We have to go back to the June 30 stocks report were USDA “found” 346 million bushels of additional inventory. The trade worried that…

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Risk & Profit Conference Aug 18-19

Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host its annual Risk and Profit Conference and Trade Show Thursday-Friday, Aug. 18-19 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. One of the keynote addresses will be from Fred Seamon, associate director of commodity research and product development with the CME Group. He will present “Hedging in 2011: What’s Changed and What Remains the Same” at the Aug.…

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