Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 10, 2014


I hope everyone had a great holiday. There are a few changes I want to note. First, the price and production tables will no longer be published on a week-to-week basis but rather updated at this link (here). Also, I noted  few months ago that the newsletter was moving locations to a site hosted by Mississippi State University. I was wrong then, but have been assured the site is up and running now. I will post to both for the time being, but this newsletter will be moving to this web address (here). As always, if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to let me know (riley@agecon.msstate.edu, 662-325-7986)

Cash Cattle:

Wow, much has happened since my last update. Cattle markets have been on fire as 2013 came to an end and thus far in 2014. For example, this week’s five-area live steer price finished the week at $139.54, up $2.06 per hundredweight, dressed steers were at $221.48, up $4.34, both records when prices are not adjusted for inflation. Futures and boxed beef prices are also higher. Live cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas were called at $139. In Nebraska cattle transactions were, respectively, at $139-$140 and $220-$222. In the Western Cornbelt live and dresses cattle trade was a bit lower at $138-$139 and $220-222, respectively. Continue reading “Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 10, 2014”

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Dec 20, 2013


*** This is the final newsletter of 2013. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Best, John Michael ***

Cash Cattle:

Cash fed cattle were mostly steady in this week’s trade. The five-area live steer price finished the week at $130.03, down 13 cents per hundredweight, dressed steers were at $207.43. Live cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas were called at $130. In Nebraska cattle transactions were, respectively, at $129-$130 and $207-$208. In the Western Cornbelt live and dresses cattle trade was a bit lower at $130 and $206, respectively. Continue reading “Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Dec 20, 2013”

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Dec 06, 2013


Cash Cattle:

Cash cattle remain in the holding pattern they’ve been in for a number of weeks. The five-area live and dressed steer price finished the week at $131.89 and $209.10, respectively down $0.77 and up $0.39. Live cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas was called at $132 on Thursday. In Nebraska, live and dressed cattle, respectively, sold at $131-$133 and $208-$209. In the Western Cornbelt live cattle trade was reported at $132 and dressed cattle sold at $209. Continue reading “Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Dec 06, 2013”