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Feed barley price outlook

Feed barley price outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Feed grain prices reached historical highs in mid-May. It appears that barley supplies will drop to bin-bottom levels at the end of the 2020-21 crop year. The market has been functioning to ration demand through higher prices; however, domestic usage has been relatively unchanged from past years. At the same time, Canadian barley exports have […] Read more

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Should I expand the cow herd?

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries over the past six to eight months from cow-calf producers asking if they should be expanding their cow herd. Producers are asking whether they should try to get another calf out of the older cows and how aggressive they should be with heifer retention. In my experience, cow-calf producers do not […] Read more


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Feeder cattle supplies tightening

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

In my previous article, I mentioned that the USDA made a downward revision to the 2019 calf crop while the 2020 calf crop came in lower than expected. Since then, Statistics Canada has also released their cattle inventory report. It appears that western Canadian calf and yearling supplies as of January 1, 2021, were down […] Read more

Alberta fed cattle market outlook

Alberta fed cattle market outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Alberta packers were buying fed cattle in the range of $150 to $152 FOB the feedlot during the last week of January. This compares to average values of $136 to $138 FOB the feedlot during the month of December. While prices have stabilized for the time being, there is a fair amount of uncertainty moving […] Read more


canadian dollar

Canadian dollar outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

If you want to know how a country is progressing economically versus another country, look at the trend in the exchange rate. Currency traders for multinational companies are a “cut above” normal commodity traders. They are the “crème de la crème,” should we say? I think you get the picture. Cattle are priced on the […] Read more

Statistics Canada released their final crop survey for 2020 on Dec. 3.

Statistics Canada confirms barley crop

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

The feed barley market has been percolating higher throughout the fall. While the crop size is marginally higher than last year, stronger Chinese demand has enhanced offshore movement. Strength in corn prices has also spilt over into the world barley market, enhancing export values. The U.S. corn crop has come in smaller than anticipated and […] Read more


The U.S. cattle herd is in a contraction phase and will likely shrink over the next couple of years.

A post-U.S. election discussion

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many calls from cattle producers regarding the outlook of the U.S. election. At the time of writing this article, it appears that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president. This is a large unknown but barring any trade barriers, the cattle market should function normally. President-elect Biden wants to improve the U.S. […] Read more

Feeder cattle market digesting many variables

Feeder cattle market digesting many variables

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries over the past couple of months about the market outlook for feeder cattle. Yearling prices have been very strong throughout the fall period trading at or above 52-week highs; however, prices for calves in the 500- to 700-pound weight category are down $10 to $20 from elevated levels during spring. In […] Read more


Barley market outlook

Barley market outlook

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

The recent rally in the barley market has caught many cattle producers by surprise. For a brief period in midsummer, Lethbridge-area feedlots saw barley prices drop under $200/mt delivered; however, at the time of writing this article in mid-September, feed barley delivered to southern Alberta was trading in the range of $220/mt to $230/mt. Canadian […] Read more