Blog - Archived Beef Markets Reports

  • Black and white cows on green grass

    December 27, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Around this time a year ago, we predicted better times ahead for cattle producers in 2017 - especially in the wake of the painful declines through 2015 and most of 2016. …

  • Cows graze on snowy pasture during sunset

    December 12, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Previous reports have noted a growing body of evidence that would seem to suggest that American cattle producers are beginning to slow the pace of herd expansion – even if …

  • A herd of brown cattle graze on green pasture.

    November 28, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Farm income numbers in both the U.S. and Canada appear to be providing further reason for American cattle producers to throttle back on expansion, and for those in Canada to …

  • Two black cows stand on green pasture.

    November 14, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    When corn supplies rise, rising beef supplies usually are not far behind. And there’s little doubt there’s lots of corn and more beef is ahead.

    With the USDA surprising …

  • A group of heifers eats hay off snow covered ground.

    October 31, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    As the cattle markets of North America travel along a lower road than during 2014 and the first half of 2015, with prices and profits for most operations not what they were …

  • A black cow licks her calf as they lay on pasture.

    October 17, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    One basic law of supply and demand suggests that when a certain commodity is low priced, enough additional demand will be stimulated to help move the market back higher again. …

  • A black cow on green pasture looks toward camera.

    October 3, 2017

    By Ranulf Glanville & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    As regular readers will know, the previous blog discussed the supply and demand factors of the beef market, and how that can help us determine where a bottom might be for …

  • Brown and black cattle graze on a grassy pasture before large hills.

    September 19, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    With cattle prices declining, one big question cattle producers are asking themselves is this: When and where is the bottom?

    In tackling this question, one useful …

  • A black cow with a green ear tag looks toward camera.

    September 6, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    It’s no secret that Mother Nature has a major influence over North American cattle numbers.

    As all producers know, the multi-year southern Plains drought was one of the …

  • A black cow stands on the Texas prairie and looks toward camera.

    August 22, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    It seems the BSE crisis is just something Canadian cattle producers are having a tough time getting over. And now there may be even more reasons to hold back on expansion. …

  • A herd of cattle walk over green grass toward a group of trees.

    August 7, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing, Ltd

    The general approach of these twice-monthly posts is to take a step back and review the big picture cattle price trends.

    Today let’s take a quick look at what we’re watching …

  • A red and white calf lies on the ground.

    July 26, 2017

    By Ranulf Glanville & John DePutter, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    If you’ve been keeping up with these blog posts you know that we believe that the main trend for cash cattle prices is down from the high made in the spring. We’ve also …

  • A red cow with a purple ear tag looks toward the camera.

    July 12, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing, Ltd

    Huge bear, big bounce, now retreating again

    Last fall we discussed the possible lows and potential profit to be made by putting cattle on feed during the crux of the deep break …

  • Black cows and calves on green grass walk toward camera.

    June 27, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    As regular readers will know, we grew increasingly concerned about the rising cattle market in mid-April through early May.

    Of course, price gains are always a good thing for …

  • A brown and white calf looks toward camera with the herd in the background.

    June 13, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    If you go to grocery stores in Canada and the US, you’ll find lots of beef cuts are roughly twice the price of comparable pork cuts.

    For example, at one store we visited, the …

  • A black cow with green ear tags stands in tall brown grass.

    May 16, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Is the seven-month climb ending? Some warning signs!

    Our previous posts have chronicled the dramatic climb in the cattle market since last fall, while more recently we have …

  • Brown cattle stand in a field behind a wood and wire fence.

    May 2, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    If you want security, reliability and predictability along with smooth, dependable returns, the beef business is not the place to be.

    It’s doubtful too many sectors of …

  • Black cows with yellow ear tags eat mineral out of a blue bucket.

    April 18, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Last edition, we expressed the idea it was time to start watching for topping signals in the rising cattle market.

    The market had come a long, long way from its dismal lows of …

  • A black cow and two calves with yellow ear tags look toward camera.

    April 4, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    Cattle prices have been on the rise for about five months. The comeback has occurred following the severe, merciless bear market that pounded beef producers to the mat during …

  • A herd of brown cattle stand on a frosted winter plain.

    March 21, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    A major low was notched last fall for cash cattle prices and cattle futures, as you know.

    Will prices go back to that low ebb?

    The futures market is saying “yes.”

    Deferred …