Volume up drastically over 2016, feeder cattle sell higher

More feeder cattle and slaughter cows came to town, and while feeder cattle prices moved higher, slaughter cow prices couldn't handle the volume and sold lower.

Ed Czerwien, Market Reporter

November 2, 2017

There was a very big run of feeder cattle at the test auctions with 44,300 head, which was 8,000 head higher than last week and 11,000 head higher than last year. Yearling prices were mostly $2-9 higher, but calf prices were $7-13 higher.

Similarly, there was a very big run of slaughter cows with 13,200 head at the test auctions from Pennsylvania thru Idaho and the Southern Plains. That was 2,000 head higher than last week and even more than that for last year. Slaughter cow prices were $2-5 lower on the heels of this big run and declining cow meat prices.

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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