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Klassen: Stronger demand supports feeder market

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets jumped $2-$5 last week, after adverse weather caused buyers to shy away earlier in October. Major feedlot operators were very aggressive on quality yearling packages and heavier weaned vaccinated calves. Many operations have limited ownership at this time of year because wet, cold weather conditions delayed purchases. The market appeared […] Read more



Be a guest, not a predator in the feedlot pen

Animal Health: Feedlot tips from a pen checker

In all occupations, there are a mixture of excellent employees and those that come up short. Feedlot pen checking is no exception. While one rider can enter a pen instigating a fence testing explosion of beef, another will be virtually welcomed wholeheartedly by the animals. Over the years, I learned it’s very much dependent on […] Read more



Klassen: Feeder cattle market holding value

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were steady to as much as $4 higher while calf values traded within $5 on either side of unchanged. Current feedlot margins are hovering around break-even, but profitability will improve during October and November, given the recent strength in the deferred live cattle futures. Therefore, short-keep feeders […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market eyes April live cattle futures

Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded steady to $3 higher. Strength in the deferred live cattle futures, particularly the April contract, spilt over into the cash feeder market. Limited supplies of yearlings also contributed to the firmer tone. Feedlots have been patiently securing heavier replacements, but we’re now on the home […] Read more


The best strategy to keep dust down is to avoid a buildup of organic matter.

Managing dust in beef feedlots

Management: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dust can become an issue in feedlots under hot, dry conditions which encouraged Nebraska extension educator Larry Howard to round up some advice on ways to minimize the aggravation dust creates for the cattle, and the people looking after them. Most often, he says, the worst time for dust is during the late afternoon and […] Read more

Calves coming into the Western Canadian market this fall will be similar to year-ago levels.

Feeder cattle outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

It’s that time of year when I receive many calls from cow-calf producers and backgrounding operators inquiring about the feeder cattle market outlook for the fall and winter. Yearling prices have been quite strong throughout the summer and the deferred live cattle futures are reflecting slightly higher prices in September and October. Prices for calves […] Read more


Klassen: Feeder market waiting for direction

Average western Canadian feeder prices were relatively unchanged from week-ago levels; however, the yearling market in southern Alberta traded $3-$5 higher as feedlot operators focused on sourcing local cattle. High-quality yearlings are coming on the market and steady demand was evident across the Prairies. Strength in the deferred live cattle futures along with the deterioration […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market reflects vulnerability

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded within $5 on either side of unchanged. Strength was noted in the major feeding regions of Alberta while subdued buying interest was noted in other regions of the Prairies. Major operations focused on local cattle, especially in southern Alberta. Feature sales attracted larger crowds which enhanced […] Read more