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Fed cattle prices seen higher on sustained demand

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

Fed cattle The last two weeks have seen fed cattle prices pushed higher by continued demand, the re-opened border, higher cut-out values and reduced supplies. Seasonally, fed prices are responding to demand for middle meats as buyers look towards their holiday needs in the coming month. At the same time, China announced that it has […] Read more

Feeder placement has been slower though the fall run of 2019 than in recent years.

Domestic, export demand supporting fed cattle prices

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

Fed cattle The western Canadian cash bids have seen week-over-week increases since mid-September. At mid-October, fed prices were nearing $144/cwt. This is $7.57/cwt higher than the low set in August but still $6.38/cwt below the average price the same week last year. Although carcass weights are 10 lbs. heavier than a year ago — at […] Read more


Fed cattle market wrestles with low prices

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

Fed cattle The fed cattle market has struggled in September as it looks to make its annual low. A combination of seasonal factors and the reduced kill capacity following the Tyson fire in the U.S. have contributed to lowered prices. The fed cash price has moved below break-even levels, with an average the last week […] Read more

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