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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



cows eating pellets- Glen Nicoll

Winter forecast for feeding margins

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Feedlots in Canada and the U.S. experienced a very profitable feeding margin structure from January through August. During the first week of May, when the fed cattle market reached $197, margins actually edged over $700 per head in some cases which was a record in my career of analyzing profitability. However, margins moved into negative […] Read more


Tight barley supplies will encourage corn imports

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Feed barley prices have been under pressure through the harvest period as yields across Western Canada have come in better than expected. It appears that the drier conditions in the southern regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan were more than offset by timely rains in the central and northern areas of the provinces. Barley selected for […] Read more



Feeder cattle market outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many calls with regard to the outlook for the feeder cattle market for the fall and winter period. Many cattle producers are asking if they should be backgrounding their calves over the winter while others are looking to sell yearlings over the next month. There are quite a few factors that will influence […] Read more


Barley market rallies

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Southern Alberta barley prices have been percolating higher over the last month. Feedlots in the Lethbridge area were buying feed barley at $215/mt delivered in mid-July, which is up approximately $40/mt from a month earlier. Feed wheat prices have also rallied in correlation with the milling wheat market so that southern Alberta feed wheat bids […] Read more



Fall prospects for feeder cattle

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Markets are understood looking backwards but must be traded looking forwards. — Larry Williams I’ve received many inquiries over the past couple of weeks in regards to the feeder cattle market. The recent price activity has surprised many producers and analysts, including myself. After a rather bearish outlook earlier in winter, the feeder cattle market […] Read more


The feed barley outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

It’s that time of year when I receive many calls from cattle producers with regard to the price outlook for feed barley. This past winter, feed barley in southern Alberta has readily traded in the range of $155/mt to $165/mt delivered, while values in central Alberta are usually a $10/mt discount. The 2016-17 crop year […] Read more