Month: July 2019

No Business but Plenty of Potential in China for U.S. Beef Exports

By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd. The word ‘potential’ may be overused, but American cattle producers no doubt see plenty of it in the Chinese market. That’s because the Asian giant – which is already the largest buyer of U.S. soybeans and a major purchaser of American pork – remains in the …

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Improving Pasture Conditions Fuel Increase in Cattle Numbers

By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Inc. Market prices have plenty to say about when ranchers expand their cattle herds but so too does Mother Nature. And over the past couple of years, Mother Nature has given the go-ahead; supplying the southern U.S. Plains with enough moisture to bolster the pastures that are …

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The Low for Live Cattle and Feeder Futures: What the Charts are Telling Us

By John DePutter and Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd. In this edition we want to update you on the development of a possible important low for live cattle and feeder cattle futures. If we are right with our analysis of futures markets, cash markets could also form bottoming formations in some areas of Canada and …

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A Review of the Last Six Months: What we said, and what happened

By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd. This week let’s look back over the past six months, reviewing what was said in these columns and offering an update.   Jan. 11, 2016: What was said: The long-term cattle price cycle points down. A long-term 10-12-year cycle peak for prices and profits occurred about …

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More Confirmation of Heavier Cattle Supplies than a Year Ago

By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd. They might be a tad more cautious than their U.S. counterparts, but Canadian cattlemen are beginning to expand their herds as well – further confirming the trend toward heavier North American cattle supplies. A Statistics Canada cattle inventory report released Aug. 18 pegged the total number …

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Producer Losses ‘Huge’ as Cattle Prices Plummet

By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd. Even with all the ink that has been devoted to downtrodden cattle futures, it’s probably not a stretch to think that somehow the producer has been forgotten. Because behind all those down-trending futures charts and up-trending supply charts are real people with real bills and mortgages …

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Too Much Meat Means Misery for Livestock Producers

By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd. If misery really does love company, then North American livestock producers can certainly commiserate. Because it’s not just cattle producers who are suffering through a glut of heavy supplies and the resulting poor prices; their pork-producing counterparts are getting hammered as well. Throw in the fact …

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