Marketing

Decision Aides Associated with Booming calf markets

By: Glynn Tonsor As stories about “seemingly limitless demand” for calves in several markets circulate and the release of the USDA-NASS Cattle Inventory report, it is useful to step back and take stock of available decision aides designed to practically address cattle producer decisions. For instance, many cattlemen find themselves (or their lenders) asking “what can I afford to pay for a steer calf?” and “what…

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Feeder Markets ignite

By: Darrell Peel Wheat is an amazing crop. Given the slightest opportunity, wheat responds very well under adverse conditions. In late October, the prospects for wheat pasture seemed all but lost with most wheat planted late and dry. It was noted, however, that with timely rains, a decent wheat crop could still develop. November turned out to offer almost ideal temperatures and a series of rains…

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Imports contribute to bull market

By: Luke Schwieterman The bull market continues into October. Exports were 30 percent higher compared to August of last year. Year to date, January through August, exports are over 27 percent higher than last year. Imports, on the other hand, were down 9 percent compared to August and year to date imports are down nearly 16 percent. Of the four largest countries the U.S. exports to,…

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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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