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Cattle producers eyeing feed grain prices

Market Update: Feeding expected to get more expensive — something has to give

Feedlot operators have had a very strenuous spring and summer. Margins have been hovering in negative territory while feed barley prices have been percolating higher. Feeder cattle prices are actually higher than year-ago levels despite the strong feed grain prices and a year-over-year increase in the U.S. calf crop. The Canadian dollar has been trading […] Read more


Looking at the feed grain component

Risk Management Part 5: More feeder cattle equals more feedlot placements, equals larger beef production

With this final article for the series on risk management for cow-calf producers, I note the previous columns discussed a specific aspect of the cash and futures market relationships. Producers are aware of when basis and futures levels are favourable and can use this information for buying price insurance or placing hedges on the feeder […] Read more



Feed Grains: Iowa Corn Growers President urges U.S. not to leave NAFTA

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 19 (CNS) – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world feed grains markets for Friday, Jan. 19. Cheap feed costs are accelerating construction of hog barns in Iowa, where a third of United States hogs are raised. A story by Reuters said higher profits from […] Read more

Feed Grains: World’s largest cattle feeding operation sold

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 18 (CNS) – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world feed grains markets for Thursday, Jan. 18. Pinnacle Asset Management announced in a press release Wednesday, it had bought United States-based Five Rivers Cattle Feeding from JBS USA for approximately US$200 million. Five Rivers Cattle […] Read more


Feed Grains: Ukraine barley exports down

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 17 (CNS) – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world feed grains markets for Wednesday, Jan. 17. December barley exports from Ukraine are down, according to a story from UkrAgroConsult. According to preliminary information from market participants’ barley exports were at 70.6 million tonnes, which […] Read more

Feed Grains: Manitoba corn sparking interest from Alberta feedlots

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 16 (CNS) – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world feed grains markets for Tuesday, Jan. 16. Despite large corn stocks around the world Manitoba farmers are faring well due to good yields. Manitoba’s average yield last year was 134 bushels an acre. Alberta feedlots […] Read more


Feed Grains: Feed wheat prices on the rise in Germany

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 15 (CNS) – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world feed grains markets for Monday, Jan. 15. Feed grain prices in key cattle feeding area of Lethbridge increased during the week ended Jan. 12, according to information from the Alberta provincial government. Feed wheat is […] Read more

Feed Grains: USDA raises corn yield estimate

By Commodity News Service Canada WINNIPEG, Jan. 12 (CNS Canada) – Average U.S. corn yields for 2017 were raised to 176.6 bushels per acre by the USDA in a report on Friday. That compared with an earlier estimate of 175.4 bushels per acre and would be about two bushels per acre above the previous year’s […] Read more


Feed Grains: Brazil’s corn crop grows

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world feed grains markets on Thursday, Jan. 11. Prices for feed wheat in Saskatchewan are holding steady, according to the latest information from the Prairie Ag Hotwire. Bids are listed as C$4.50 to $4.90 per bushel. Oat prices in […] Read more

Feed Grains: Canadian barley crop smaller, but good quality

By Commodity News Service Canada WINNIPEG, Jan. 10 (CNS Canada) – Canadian farmers grew a smaller barley crop in 2017 compared to the previous year, as yields and seeded area were both down, but the quality was good, according to the recently released quality report from the Canadian Grain Commission. “Overall, the dry growing season […] Read more