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U.S. feeder cattle prices have been under pressure the last few weeks.

Pressure ahead for fed-cattle markets

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle Seasonal pressure coupled with leverage loss partly due to the U.S. packing plant fire resulted in smaller weekly kill capacity. Locally, demand is softer following the September long weekend, which is generally the case. In addition, front-end supply is building and packer lift times have lengthened. Over the past five weeks, the fed […] Read more

Feeder cattle volumes are picking up and basis is seasonally strong heading into the fall run.

McMillin: Cattle on feed in Alberta, Sask., higher than year ago levels

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle To mid-August, Canadian fed cattle traded mostly steady, at an average on both sides of $146/cwt since the middle of July. The average steer the second week in August averaged $146.25/cwt which is $3.49/cwt higher than the same week in 2018. The third week of August didn’t see enough trade to establish a […] Read more


In the near term, calf prices on light volumes should remain steady.

McMillin: Domestic, global beef demand strong

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle It’s uncommon to see fed cattle prices pick up through the month of July. However, this has been the case in the last two weeks in Alberta. Beef demand both domestically and globally has been strong and sellers continue to be current in their front-end supply, which has created some leverage. The mid-July […] Read more

Feeder cattle futures moved sharply lower at the start of May.

McMillin: Cattle prices see sharp decline

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the June 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle Fed cattle prices have seen a sharp price decline over the past couple of weeks. Current fed steer prices are averaging $150.88/cwt, which is a decrease of $11.55/cwt over the past three weeks. Pressure in May is typical following the spring high in the fed market. While barbecue season is just getting started, […] Read more


The Markets

Market Summary with Debbie McMillin

Fed Cattle Although the fed market typically moves lower from spring into summer the tight supplies and good demand for beef have created a very strong move against the normal trend. The cash market continues to set new records. The last week of June saw Alberta fed cattle average $155.64/cwts over $36 higher than the […] Read more

The Markets

Fed Cattle The fed-cattle cash market held near steady at record levels during the past four weeks. The current average fed-steer price in Alberta was $145.65/cwt, $31.79/cwt higher than the same week in 2013. Feedlots are up to date with their marketings, steer carcass weights are more than 30 pounds below year-ago levels and demand […] Read more


The Markets

Feeder cattle volumes were larger through the first quarter of the year as many producers sold into the strong market

The fed-cattle cash market held near steady at record levels during the past four weeks. The current average fed-steer price in Alberta was $145.65/cwt, $31.79/cwt higher than the same week in 2013. Feedlots are up to date with their marketings, steer carcass weights are more than 30 pounds below year-ago levels and demand for the […] Read more

The Markets – for Dec. 12, 2011

Fed Cattle While many commodities on the board felt the pressure of the European debt crisis in the past few weeks it has not been seen in the fed cattle cash market. Fed cattle prices in Alberta rose just over $3 per cwt from the end of October to post a mid-November average of $112.28. […] Read more


Deb’s Outlook – for Sep. 12, 2011

Fed Outlook Fundamentally the fed cattle supply ahead in Canada is supportive to the fall market but U.S. supplies will pick up toward the end of the year. Beef consumption increases as the weather cools and families adapt to school schedules right up to the Christmas holidays. A premium board, weakness in the Canadian dollar, […] Read more

The Markets – for Aug. 15, 2011

FED CATTLE The volatility in fed cattle pricing this summer was due largely to non-cattle factors. But in recent weeks smaller Canadian showlists, strong futures and firm demand here and in the U.S. pushed prices higher. By mid-July fed cattle hit a historically high $103.97 per cwt in Alberta, up more than $16 from the […] Read more