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Stronger fed cattle prices support feeder market

Market Update with Jerry Klassen: It’s good to see a return to renewed optimism in the cattle complex

During the week ending May 8, Alberta fed cattle prices were quoted in the range of $158 to $162, up $8 to $10 from 30 days earlier. Wholesale beef prices continue to percolate higher as the U.S. economy moves through a major expansionary phase. Rising consumer incomes and stronger consumer spending will result in a […] Read more

Cow-calfers and backgrounders should hold off

Cow-calfers and backgrounders should hold off

Market Update with Jerry Klassen: Keep lighter calves from the 2020 crop for as long as you can

Feed grain prices have been the largest factor influencing yearling and calf prices over the past couple of months. As of mid-January, feed barley was trading in the range of $275/mt to $285/mt delivered in the Lethbridge area while feedlots in the Red Deer region were making purchases from $265/mt to $272/mt delivered. Barley prices […] Read more


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Klassen: Feeder market bounces on optimistic outlook

Feed barley remains near historical highs

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices traded $2-$4 higher; prices for mid-weight calves were quoted $4-$8 above week-ago levels. Calves under 550 lbs. traded $6 to as much as $10 higher compared to seven days earlier. Improving feedlot margins were the main factor driving the feeder market. June and August live cattle futures […] Read more



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Klassen: Feeder cattle prices digesting uncertainty

Defensive tone likely through January

The feeder cattle market was very quiet during the last week of December with auction barns in holiday mode. There were discussions regarding direct sales but no actual business was confirmed. The stakes are too high given the market uncertainty; a defensive tone will likely continue throughout January. Feed grains continue to percolate higher; the […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market grinds lower

'Is there no grain in this country?'

Compared to last week, prices for western Canadian yearlings weighing over 900 lbs. were down $4-$8 on average; yearlings weighing between 800-900 lbs. were down $2-$4; calves under 800 lbs. were down $8-$12, with the exception of Manitoba, where lighter calves traded $3-$5 below week-ago levels. Feedlot operators are asking, is there no grain in […] Read more


Beef demand is slowly improving as Canadian and U.S. economies recuperate from the COVID-19 spring shutdown.

Favourable beef market over the long term

Market Update with Jerry Klassen: Poor calf prices this October, fed prices will improve later in 2021

First a look at the calf market The calf market will likely remain flat through this October and November. After December, calves that come on the market generally have the option to be placed on grass next spring or moved to a finishing lot. The calf market during the spring of 2021 is expected to […] Read more




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Klassen: Yearling market remains red hot

Barley harvest well underway in southern Alberta

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were $2-$4 higher on average; however, in southern Alberta, yearlings traded $6-$8 above week-ago levels. A few auction barns in Alberta held their first feature sales of the fall run and buyers showed up with both hands. The quality of yearlings coming off grass is excellent and […] Read more