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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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Understanding the price structure for feeder cattle

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries from cattle producers across Western Canada regarding the price outlook for feeder cattle. Ranchers are asking: When would be the best time to sell their calves? Backgrounding operators are questioning the best time to purchase calves. At the time of writing this article in mid-July, yearling prices were making fresh 52-week […] 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


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


The feeder cattle market softened earlier this spring; however, in yearling prices made fresh 52-week highs by early August.

The similarities between 2009 and 2020

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

The U.S. and Canadian economies suffered the worst year-over-year contraction in GDP in history during the second quarter of 2020. U.S. GDP contracted at 32.9 per cent on an annual basis during the second quarter; the official Canadian data at the time of writing this article was not yet released but analysts expect the drop […] Read more

Feed grains outlook remains bearish

Feed grains outlook remains bearish

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

It’s that time of year when I receive many inquiries regarding the feed grain outlook for the upcoming crop year. At the time of writing this article, Lethbridge area feedlots were buying feed barley in the range of $240/mt to $250/mt delivered for nearby delivery while Red Deer operations were showing bids for $228/mt to […] Read more