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2021 Livestock Market Outlook Roundup

The editors at are looking at experts’ projections for commodities in 2021 to help you succeed in the coming year. Here’s a look at what analysts expect for the upcoming year in the protein segments.

1 month ago
Cattle traded steady
Hulett: Better Than Expected

Cash cattle in the South traded steady, and futures contracts had a decent week but packer needs during the holidays seem to have more of an effect than the futures market.

1 month ago
Texas feedyard
Fed Cattle Soft, Feeders Higher, No COF Surprises

Fed cattle treaded steady in the South to weaker in the North, with wholesale beef prices posting additional declines for the week. Friday's cattle on feed report was as advertised and will be viewed as neutral.

1 month ago
COF Up Slightly, Placements Down 9%

Placements in feedlots during November totaled 1.91 million head, 9 percent below 2019. Net placements were 1.85 million head.

1 month ago
Livestock feeding margins
Profit Tracker: Beef Packer Margins Decline 33%

On a percentage basis, beef packer margins declined significantly last week. It's all relative, of course, since the starting point from the previous week was stunning.

1 month ago
Cash cattle traded lower
Cash Sinks With The Board

Cash cattle trade began on Tuesday last week, but bids were scarce even at lower money. Some feeders held strong for higher money, but with the decline in the CME board a higher market never surfaced.

1 month ago
Fed cattle
Cash Cattle Prices Fizzle As Cutout Drops

Cattle markets limped through a lackluster week for cash sales as wholesale beef prices plummeted. Despite lower cash cattle prices, packer margins likely declined significantly with lower cutout values.

1 month ago
Feeding margins remain positive
Profit Tracker: Feeding Margins Positive 11th Consecutive Week

Cattle and hog finishing margins were modestly positive the first week of December, marking the 11th consecutive week of profitability. Packer margins remain historically high.

1 month ago