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Feed weekly outlook: Barley, wheat prices very likely to increase

Increases seen tied to rising U.S. corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Two Alberta traders believe strong feed grain prices will continue to push higher over the next week of January, with much of the upswing tied to the rise in corn prices in the U.S. “As corn edges higher, becoming the preferred direct replacement to barley, your barley floor comes up and wheat starts […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Export demand supports prices

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices remain strong into the winter, due to steady feedlot demand and solid export activity. Brandon Motz of CorNine Commodities at Lacombe, Alta. said feedlots have freed up some pen space after COVID-19 shutdowns created backlogs, but demand remained steady. “There’s more pen space in southern Alberta, compared to other years,” […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures gain on strong cash trade

CME lean hogs down off six-week high

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuetrs — Live cattle futures gained on Wednesday, supported by a firming cash cattle market as traders eye the consumer demand picture. Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures added 0.75 cent to settle at 113.925 cents/lb. (all figures US$). Tighter cattle supplies could begin pushing cash markets higher, whittling away at historically […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market remains under pressure

Pre-election commodity trading in 'risk-off' mode

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $2-$5 lower on average; calves under 650 lbs. appeared to trade $3-$8 lower with significant pressure on the weight category between 550 and 650 lbs. Moderate demand surfaced on quality yearlings but major operations appeared to back away from the cattle in the heavier weight […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures jump on tightening supplies

Lower wholesale pork values drag on hogs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Thursday on expectations that tight cattle supplies and rising demand for beef will buoy cash cattle markets, analysts said. Cash cattle traded lightly in the southern Plains this week at $106/cwt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported, even with last week (all figures US$). […] Read more

Klassen: Rising feed grains pressure feeder market

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $3-$6 lower with some reports showing prices as much as $10 lower. Calves traded $2-$4 below week-ago levels; however, the market will be more defined next week, with many auction barns scheduling feature calf sales in the major feeding areas of Alberta. Feeding margins in the […] Read more


Klassen: Quality features influence feeder cattle prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Western Canadian yearling markets have traded in a sideways range over the past couple of weeks; major feedlot operators have been aggressive for 800-pound-plus feeders just off grass because these cattle are most efficient and therefore, most profitable. Grass yearlings were quoted steady to as much as $5 higher this past week. Backgrounded yearlings were […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Prices stronger after harvest

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain prices have been higher as the harvest has concluded across most of the Canadian Prairies. “It feels like last week and this week, the harvest has wrapped up in many areas,” said Allen Pirness, a trader with Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. “That should switch the focus for getting the crop […] Read more


Klassen: Yearling demand remains firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearlings fresh off grass traded steady to $2 higher; backgrounded yearlings were relatively unchanged. The calf market was too thin to quote. Major feedlot operators set the price structure and were once again very aggressive. While many feedlots are backed up with market-ready supplies of fed cattle, some feedlots […] Read more

Klassen: Strong demand underpins yearlings

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, yearlings traded steady to $4 higher on average; calves traded $2-$4 lower, although light volumes made the market hard to define. All eyes were on feeder cattle futures, which closed up nearly $4 for the week. This set the direction in Western Canada. Auction barns in Manitoba and Saskatchewan remain in […] Read more