Level U.S. Cattle Inventory

USDA-NASS released the mid-year cattle inventory report last Friday. This is an annual report that estimates the number of cattle on July 1 each year. It is not as comprehensive as the January 1 report in that there is no state-by-state breakout. However, the information in the report is a useful look over time to get an estimate of the cattle inventory cycle. … Continue reading

Wettest Spring Since 1995 Leads to Lush Pastures

Range and pasture rated in either good or excellent condition as of July 7 stood at 69%, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) in their weekly crop weather bulletin. Last year, 51% of pasture were judged that favorable. At the other end of the spectrum, 8% of pastures were rated in poor to very poor in the latest week compared to 21% a year ago. … Continue reading

Halfway-2019 Cattle Market Update

The first half of 2019 has been a wild ride for cattle markets in the Southeast. A seasonal rise to start the year pushed Mississippi steer prices above 2018 levels where they remained for several weeks into April. However, quickly following was a rapid decline to levels below year-ago. Seasonality was the undercurrent but was far from the only driver.  … Continue reading

USDA Acreage Report Pushes Corn Prices Lower

As the cattle market continues to watch what is going on in corn markets, a major report was released on Friday. The annual USDA acreage report was released on Friday and showed a significantly smaller decrease in the number of corn acres in the U.S. than many were expecting it to show. This led to a wild day of trading in corn futures on Friday and left corn futures prices sharply lower by the closing bell. … Continue reading

Cattle on Feed and Live Cattle Price

The latest Cattle on Feed report showed 11.7 million head of cattle in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head. This was a 1.6 percent increase over last year and the largest June 1st total on record going back to at least 1996 when the series began.
Placements were down about 3 percent compared to a year ago. … Continue reading

Cattle Producers Watching the Corn Markets

It was only 2 months ago that I wrote the following headline in this newsletter: Large Estimates Push Corn Prices Lower. Included in that article was the story was that many farmers were planning to swap form soybeans to corn due to soybean price concerns and that the estimate that there should be plenty of corn this year is positive for feedlot demand. … Continue reading

Uncertainty is Impacting Cattle Prices

This week’s article was written by Dr. Derrell Peel at Oklahoma State University and is a great addition to the discussion on trade from last week available here
Cattle and beef markets have decreased from April highs with uncertainty in a variety of factors weighing on markets the past month.   The latest threat of additional tariffs on Mexico rattled many markets last week, … Continue reading

Chinese Tariffs Impact on Cattle Markets

The trade war with China is now in its 16th month with little evidence of an end in the near future. It appeared that an agreement was imminent at one point but no deal was struck in that round. Agriculture has faced some of the most significant impacts from retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. commodities shipped to China. … Continue reading

Increased U.S. Beef Access to Japan

The big news in beef markets last week was the increased access of U.S. beef in Japan. The agreement allows U.S. beef from all age cattle to enter Japan which removes a previous 30-month age limit. Below is an excerpt from the USDA announcement.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that this expanded access could increase U.S. … Continue reading

More Heifers in the Feedlot Mix

The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report included the quarterly feedlot inventories for steers and heifers. An estimated 4.5 million head of heifers were on feed on April 1st which is the largest April total on record and the largest total for any quarterly report since January 1, 2001.  The number of heifers on feed was up 7.6 percent year-over-year while the number of steers in feedlots was down 1.1 percent compared to the same time last year.  … Continue reading