Klassen: Feeder market lacks buying interest

Market gives in to pressure from Chicago futures

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $5-$8 lower on average, with yearlings dropping as much as $10-$12 in certain areas. It appears buyers are incorporating a risk discount due to uncertainty in beef demand longer-term. Rising unemployment levels, sluggish consumer confidence and a sharp drop in disposable income are all factors […] Read more

Slower shipments from Argentina due to COVID-19 testing and labour unrest at ports has helped boost soybean prices.

Commodity markets in uncharted risk territory due to COVID-19 concerns

Lower Canadian dollar has kept soybean and wheat prices up

Reading Time: 6 minutes World grain and oilseed markets are digesting logistical and fundamental changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and historically low crude oil values. The risk environment is unprecedented; commodity merchants are in a “learn as you go” frame of mind because trading conditions are changing on a daily basis. Ontario soybean and wheat prices are up […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market experiences fortuitous bounce

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last week, the feeder market started on a very sluggish tone. Buyers were sitting back waiting for the market to establish direction. By Friday, yearling prices were up $2-$4 compared to seven days earlier, while calves were trading $4 to as much as $8 above week-ago levels. Cow-calf producers and backgrounding operators have been holding […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market remains vulnerable

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle prices were quite variable. Compared to seven days earlier, Alberta feeder prices were unchanged to $5 lower; however, the markets in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were down $5 to as much as $10 in some cases. Weakness in the yearling markets spilled over into the lighter […] Read more

Ontario corn and soybean prices are changing little, despite global forces buffeting markets.

Large global soybean supplies continue to weigh on prices

Late March USDA report expected to be bearish for corn, soybeans

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ontario wheat, corn and soybean prices have been somewhat immune to the meltdown in the world financial and commodity markets. Ontario corn and soybean prices are relatively unchanged from last month while wheat prices are down approximately 20 cents/bushel on average. The March Canadian dollar dropped to 72.67 U.S cents on March 9, the lowest […] Read more


Klassen: Feeder market digesting lower beef demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were down $12-$18; mid-weight calves were down $10 to as much as $15 while calves under 550 lbs. were down $4-$8. The market is incorporating a risk discount due to uncertainty in beef demand for the second and third quarters of 2020. Feedlot margins are in negative […] Read more


The last USDA outlook report was slightly bullish for American soybeans.

Coronavirus risk premium being built into crop markets

The virus’s spread is causing concern about impact on import markets

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ontario wheat, corn and soybean prices are being influenced by macro market conditions. The world grain and oilseed markets continue to digest the coronavirus situation. Softer import demand from China and Southeast Asia has resulted in lower world values. At the time of writing this article, it appears that Italy, certain regions in Europe and […] Read more


Klassen: Coronavirus fears weigh on feeder markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Western Canadian feeder prices were not immune to the meltdown of financial and commodity markets last week. Buyers appeared to incorporate a risk discount due to uncertainty in beef demand over the next few months. Compared to last week, larger groups of quality yearlings traded $3-$5 lower while smaller packages were down $4 to as […] Read more

Klassen: Calves remain firm while yearlings falter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $3-$5 lower while calves and grassers traded within $5 on either side of unchanged. Calves were extremely variable with similar weight cattle sometimes trading $6-$8 apart at the same sale. Supplies of calves coming on the market appear to be lower than last year. This may […] Read more