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Thursday, June 9,2011

Markets turn higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was fully developed by late last Wednesday. For the week, trade reversed its recent slide and moved $1-2 higher on live cattle in the southern Plains where cattle traded in a range of $105-106. Dressed trade in the northern tier was reported at $172-175, a level which was $3-4 higher than the

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Friday, June 3,2011

Markets trade steady after good holiday sales

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded steady last week after a hard sell-off in the futures markets pushed cattle feeders to the table to sell cattle last Wednesday. Live cattle in the southern Plains traded mostly steady to slightly firmer than the prior week at $104 while northern cattle feeders sold live

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Friday, June 3,2011

TAHC releases 59,100 acres in Starr County from temporary fever tick quarantine zone

by WLJ
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has released 59,100 acres of the temporary preventative quarantine zone located in Starr County effective May 20. This release includes 141 premises. The temporary preventative quarantine will remain in effect for the remaining 93,615 acres located in both Starr and Hidalgo counties.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Fed cattle prices continue slide

by WLJ
Holiday weekend sales will be a significant factor in market direction. Fed cattle prices slipped further last week with trade in the southern Plains reported at $104, with some instances of $104.25, down mostly $4 from the previous week. Dressed sales in the south came at $165, down as much as $7 from the week before. In

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Friday, May 27,2011

Eleventh hour win for working dogs in Texas

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Last minute amendments to Texas House Bill 1451 (HB 1451), exempting shepherd and herding dogs, and hunting and birding dogs, gave the states ranchers and sportsmen a chance to catch their breath after months of contacting their state officials with their oppositions to the bill.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Fed cattle slip to $108-109

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded sharply lower again last week with trade in the southern Plains reported at $108 live and $172 dressed, prices which were down $4 from the prior week’s sales. In the North, live cattle traded at $109 live and $175-176 dressed, which was $8-9 lower than the prior week levels. Continued liquidation of contract positions by hedge

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Friday, May 13,2011

Feedlot, cow/calf sectors in the driver’s seat

by WLJ
Light fed cattle trade had developed by midday last Thursday with reports of $112 live trade in Kansas, with Texas and Oklahoma feed yards expected to follow at similar prices. Dressed trade in the North was also light with an expected range of $181-185 when full trade finally developed last week. Prices for the

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Friday, May 6,2011

Price pressures continue to push fed cattle lower

by WLJ
Fed cattle prices trended lower again last week in early trade, which was mostly complete by the end of the day Tuesday. Live cattle traded at $114 to $115 in the southern Plains, down $1-2 from the prior week’s action with most showlist cattle reportedly cleaned up. Meanwhile, in the North, dressed trade was reported at

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Feds trade lower

by WLJ
Cattle prices trended lower last week in very early trade, the bulk of which took place on Monday and Tuesday. Prices in the southern Plains were $2 lower than the prior week at mostly $117 live. In the north, light trade took place at $185-187 dressed basis, with a few reported as high as $189 in Nebraska

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Friday, April 22,2011

Fed cattle trade steady, calf prices mostly lower

by WLJ
Early fed cattle trade last week was reported on Wednesday with markets showing mostly steady results. Cattle in the central Plains sold at $119 live in Kansas, even with the prior week’s results, while Corn Belt trade came at $190 dressed basis, also steady with the week prior. Trade had yet to develop in Texas at midday

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