Feeder and cull cow prices are firmly in the fall run.

Ed Czerwien, Market Reporter

October 22, 2020

There was another good run of feeder cattle with 30,300 head at the test auctions, but numbers were much lower than last year. The prices continue to drop with heavier weight yearlings mostly $3-$4 per cwt lower. The lighter-weight yearlings and calves were steady to $13 lower. Feedyards continue to be selective buyers with more fleshy and unweaned calves pushing the prices lower.

The slaughter cow volume is getting much larger, which is normal during the fall. There were 11,100 head at the test auctions, which was the largest number in a long time. The slaughter cow prices continue to slip lower and were mostly $1-$3 per cwt lower following the cow meat prices which are also trending lower.

 

About the Author(s)

Ed Czerwien

Market Reporter

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.

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