Klassen: Calf prices ratcheting higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $2-$4 on either side of unchanged; mid-weight calves were also unchanged while lighter calves traded steady to as much as $6 higher. Alberta and Saskatchewan have experienced adverse weather over the past couple of weeks; however, feedlots in southern Alberta appeared to be more aggressive for […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Prices plateauing

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — While prices for feed grains have risen over the last month along with several other commodities, they’ve now declined a little bit, according to Erin Harakal, senior trader with Agfinity in Stony Plain, Alta. “For short-term movement like November-December we’ve seen them come off the most compared to the late-January/early-March time frame,” she […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Bids hold firm in West

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Feed grain bids in Western Canada remain firm at the beginning of October, with a lack of significant farmer selling keeping the market underpinned as harvest wraps up across the Prairies. The barley harvest is mostly complete across the Prairies, but total yields and production remain to be seen. “The market is still […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures slip as feed grain prices soar

Firm cash prices support CME hogs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures retreated on Wednesday after the December contract hit its highest price in more than a month, while feeder cattle futures slumped as prices surged for grain used as animal feed. The rally in U.S. grain futures prices hung over cattle markets because livestock producers will be more […] Read more

U.S. grains: Corn up as hog futures soar

Soybeans down on profit-taking

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures climbed to their highest in five months on Thursday as news of a swine disease in Germany fueled expectations of increased demand for U.S. pork and feed grains, traders said. Firm cash markets for corn ahead of the start of the U.S. Midwest harvest added support, along with […] Read more


Klassen: Yearling markets mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, yearling prices for western Canadian were down $2-$5 on average with the exception of southern Alberta where prices were relatively unchanged. Major feedlots in the Lethbridge area focused on local cattle which contributed to the firmer tone. Outside of Feedlot Alley, weakness in the deferred live cattle futures had buyers on […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Feed grains come under harvest pressure

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – Delayed springtime planting pushed back the feed grain harvest. As a result, prices for old crop feed grains are now beginning to converge with new crop prices. “It feels like we’re transitioning towards new crop,” remarked Travis Ebens, a grains trader with CorNine Commodities in Lacombe, Alta. He said prices for feed barley […] Read more