Weekly Cattle Market Wrap Up | Huge run of feeder, slaughter cows hit auction barns

USDA Market Reporter Ed Czerwien provides his weekly market outlook on feeder cattle and slaughter cows.

Ed Czerwien, Market Reporter

May 11, 2017

There was a very big run with over 61,000 head at our Southern Plains test auctions compared to 36,000 head last week and last year. Prices started the week out steady to $3 higher then were steady to $6 lower mid-week.
As far as slaughter cows, the recent box beef, fat cattle and CME rally opened the door to move cows with the biggest run ever reported at our test auctions with over 10,000 head. Slaughter cow prices continued to improve in some areas but started to top out and weaken in some places as the week progressed.

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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