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Feeder cattle outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

It’s that time of year when I receive many calls from cow-calf producers and backgrounding operators inquiring about the feeder cattle market outlook for the fall and winter. Yearling prices have been quite strong throughout the summer and the deferred live cattle futures are reflecting slightly higher prices in September and October. Prices for calves […] Read more


Barley market digesting many variables

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries from feedlot operators and cow-calf producers with regard to the price outlook for barley. During the 2017-18 crop year, the barley market was contending with lower production and a historically tight carry-out. The function of the market was to ration. Domestic prices were at a premium to export values to curb […] Read more



Tighter corn and barley stocks for 2018-19

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

It’s that time of year when I receive many inquiries in regard to the feed grain outlook for the 2018-19 crop year. In the previous article, I discussed South American crop conditions and North American projections for the upcoming crop year. Feedlot operators have been factoring higher costs per pound gain which has resulted in […] Read more




Feeder cattle outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

It’s that time of year when I receive many inquiries from cow-calf producers and feedlot operators regarding the price outlook for feeder cattle. Throughout March, yearling prices were under pressure while calves and cattle fit for grass were rather firm. The feeder cattle market appears to be sending mixed signals. Feedlot margins have been rather […] Read more


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Feed grain outlook for 2018

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Once again it is that time of year when I receive many inquiries from cattle producers with regard to the price outlook for feed grains. At the time of writing this article, Lethbridge area feedlots were buying feed barley in the range of $218/mt to $223/mt; however, feedlots located between Calgary and Edmonton were making […] Read more



Price insurance for feeder cattle

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received inquiries from cow/calf producers and backgrounders regarding the purchase of price insurance for feeder cattle. In early November the March futures made contract highs but since then have trended lower. At the same time, ther cash continues to trade near 52-week highs. It appears the Canadian feeder market has divorced from the feeder […] Read more


Understanding the forward curve in the futures market

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many calls from backgrounding operators and feedlot managers in regard to the feeder cattle market. Prices have strengthened throughout the fall period and it now appears that potential margins will be quite snug for all weight categories. The futures market for live and feeder cattle is reflecting two distinct price structures. Discerning the […] Read more



Mixed outlook for feed grains

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries into the outlook for corn and barley prices over the winter period. Feeder cattle prices have strengthened so that it’s difficult to pencil a profit and feedlot operators are wondering how the cost per pound gain will vary for the next round of feeding. At the time of writing this article, […] Read more


Canadian dollar outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

The Canadian dollar experienced a sharp rally from May through September as the Bank of Canada implemented a tighter monetary policy. This was somewhat negative for fed and feeder cattle prices. However, since early September, the Canadian dollar has deteriorated and I’ve received many inquiries over the past few weeks with regard to future market […] Read more