The cattle markets have been in a bit of a sink or swim mode lately, and right now they're slowly sinking.
There are some international issues lurking that could hamper the market, but nothing has slowed the market.
In hindsight, selling every head of cattle a person owned in 2014 and then buying back animals in late 2015 would have resulted in windfall gains for most commercial cattle producers.
It may be likely that the spring calf market has peaked.
Beef prices went down while cattle prices rebounded.
Less beef production but prices should continue to rise, according to USDA.
The Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, is set for Jan. 14-15 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3100 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo.
The cattle markets have hit the brakes a bit as the peak of grilling season arrives.