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Klassen: Feeder market remains volatile

Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $3-$5 on either side of unchanged. Many auction barns were closed last week and the ones holding sales had smaller numbers. Quality packages of yearlings were on the higher end of the range while smaller groups of fleshier replacements were discounted. Alberta feedlots were focusing […] Read more



The feeder cattle market is anticipating a surge in feedlot placements during the spring.

A few observations on the feeder cattle market

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Over the past month, I’ve received inquiries about the market outlook for feeder cattle. During February and March, yearling prices were grinding lower while the market for calves was near 52-week highs. There was a clear divorce in the price structure between the heavier and lighter weight categories. Therefore, I thought this would be a […] Read more




Klassen: Feeder market incorporates risk premium following U.S. floods

Compared to the previous week, western Canadian feeder cattle sold steady to $4 higher the week ending March 23. Favourable spring weather enhanced demand for yearlings from major finishing operations; Lethbridge-area markets were notably $3-$5 higher as feedlots focused on local cattle. While feeding margins remain in negative territory, strength in the deferred live cattle […] Read more



Klassen: Feeder market holds value

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively unchanged compared to seven days earlier. Buying interest for yearlings was somewhat stronger while calves in the eastern Prairie regions were softer. Moderate temperatures are in the seven-day forecast for most of Western Canada, so the risk discount due to adverse weather has evaporated. Barley jumped an additional […] Read more


The barley market needs to encourage acreage for 2019.

Feed barley update

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

The feed barley market has been relatively flat throughout the winter. During the last week of January, Lethbridge-area feedlots were buying feed barley in the range of $255/mt to $260/mt delivered. At the same time, central Alberta feedlots were making purchases from $245/mt to $250/mt. Barley stocks are projected to drop to historical lows by […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market sends mixed signals

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets were steady to $4 lower while calves were steady to $2 higher. Barley prices have jumped $3-$6 per tonne over the past week, with winter conditions hindering off-farm logistics. Alberta packers were buying fed cattle in the range of $149-$150 last week; however, in Nebraska, fed cattle […] Read more