Marketing… don’t forget your cull cows

Fall is that time of year when cow calf producers are gathering in the calf crops, weaning, vaccinating, and pregnancy checking cows.  It should also be a time when marketing strategies and plans are determined.   This means taking some thoughtful time and looking at the options that are available and making a decisions based on […]


Fall Feeder Cattle Market Prospects

– Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Changes in feeder cattle prices recently have potential impacts for cow-calf and stocker producers this fall. Through July and August, prices for heavy feeder cattle have increased relative to lighter weight feeder cattle. Several factors appear to be impacting feeder cattle price relationships. The August USDA Cattle […]


Beef cow culling; an opportunity

Written by Lyssa Seefeldt, UW Extension Ag Agent, Marquette County, this article recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e.  animals dying  of old age)?  Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her?  What do you do with […]


How Much Can I Afford to Pay for a Bred Female

Currently there are many indicators pointing towards beginning expansion of the beef cow herd.  Wisconsin has typically not seen the reduction in beef cow numbers other parts of the United States have, and there is talk of continued expansion. Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska Extension Educator provides the following information for beef producers to take […]


What is Your Marketing Plan

What is your marketing plan? How do you market your calf crop? This question can apply to beef cow-calf operations as well as those who grow Holstein steers for various lengths of time. How much planning and thought do you put into determining a marketing plan for your calves?  Doing the same thing every year […]


Preparing Your Feeder Calves for Market Begins Now

Habit 2. of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is “Begin with the end in mind.” “What does that have to do with feeder calves?” you may wonder. Ever increasing costs of feeder calves and feed have greatly influenced the margins on finishing cattle operations.  With narrow profit margins and high input costs […]


Source and Age Preimium Expected to Decline

We are finalizing our plans for the 2012 Cattle Feeder Clinic Series which will be held Feb. 13-17 with locations to be announced shortly. One of the topics will include information on alternative markets for feeders, such as age and source; all natural, and grass-fed. Here is some timely information on age and source verified cattle market.


Feeder cattle marketing is really forage marketing

As I was catching up on my reading, this was an article circulating around in July. As we approach the fall feeder calf markets, I thought this was a timely article and may shed some light on the current cattle market situation.

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

Whether it’s a cow-calf producer selling weaned calves or retaining calves through a stocker or backgrounding program; or a stocker producer adding weight to lightweight calves, the market value of feeder cattle at various weights reflects the value of forage used in the production of feeder cattle.

These economic signals are contained in the level of feeder cattle prices and the price relationships between different weights of feeder cattle. Feeder cattle producers are really in the forage business more than in the cattle business.