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Ed Czerwien is a market analyst in Amarillo, Texas. From the heart of Cattle Feeding Country, Ed follows the cattle and wholesale markets to keep beef producers up-to-date on the market moves that affect them. He previously worked with USDA as a Market News reporter. Ed is now semi-retired and continues to work with cattle trade analysis.
Cold weather may have slowed down slaughter cow movement in some parts of the country, but it didn't stop feeder cattle from coming to town. Prices for feeder cattle stayed close to either side of steady.
It's a headline that all cattle producers want to see. Even though feeder cattle receipts were higher, prices jumped up as well. Unfortunately, on the slaughter cow side, that volume wasn't sustained, pushing prices...