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Canadian dollar forecast

Canadian dollar forecast

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

During March 2020, the Canadian dollar dipped to a four-year low, near 68 U.S. cents, at the onset of the COVID recession. Central banks across the world responded with an aggressive monetary policy to stimulate the economy. The U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada dropped their interest rate to historical lows. The two […] Read more


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Klassen: Feeder market continues consolidation

U.S. corn northbound into Prairies

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged while calf markets were down $2-$3 on average. Feedlot inventories in Alberta and Saskatchewan are 30 per cent above the five-year average; therefore, demand is lacking moving into the main marketing period for calves. Finishing feedlots have sufficient ownership and being fairly finicky on […] Read more



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Klassen: Finishing feedlot demand drives yearlings higher

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearlings traded $2 lower to as much as $5 higher. Strength was once again noted in southern Alberta where heavier yearlings recorded a fresh 52-week high. Calves were relatively unchanged from week-ago levels. Larger groups of quality weaned genetics traded as much $5 above average values. Feather-lite bawlers under […] Read more

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Klassen: Lower beef production supports cash feeder market

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged; calf prices traded $2 on either side of week-ago levels. December and February live cattle futures have dropped $8-$10 off the highs while feed grain values have remained firm. Buyers were on the defensive this past week, given the softer outlook for fed cattle […] Read more


Feed barley price outlook

Feed barley price outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries from cattle producers regarding the price outlook for feed barley. At the time of writing, Lethbridge feed barley was trading in the range of $405-$415/tonne while Red Deer operations were showing bids from $395-$405/tonne. Barley prices are up nearly $200/tonne from September 2020. Yearling prices continue to trade near 52-week highs […] Read more

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Klassen: Optimistic fed cattle outlook supports feeder market

Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $2-$4 higher. Strong demand was noted on yearlings, which spilt over into the lighter weight categories. Major feedlot operators in Alberta set the price structure, with aggressive orders flowing across the Prairies. Some operators have been holding back on purchases due to higher prices; however, […] Read more