Fri Nov 21, 2014 01:15 PM CST Judging by new meat spread data released on Thursday, Thanksgiving at the Beef family home promises to be a motley affair with levels of holiday cheer ranging from sugar-high kids at Disneyland to hunger-strikers at Guantanamo.
Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:37 PM CST In the 1980s, "nine-weight carcass" was a four-letter word, at least according to the packer lexicon. But times have changed: According to the official scale house, the nation's kill floors are nearly carpeted with nine-weight carcasses this fall with plant managers not whispering a word of protest.
Fri Jul 25, 2014 04:40 PM CDT Beef processors and retailers once thought they knew all about the short-bought game. But the extraordinary summer of 2014 has taken the procurement strategy/awkward necessity to a whole new and frightening level.
Fri Jul 11, 2014 01:04 PM CDT The wild party in the feeder cattle market that once seemed unending has finally started to wind down this week as multiple rounds of limit losses in the feeder pit signal the equivalent of bar stools turned upside down.
Thu Jul 3, 2014 04:19 PM CDT Whatever benefit the slumping corn market lent to further strength in the feeder pit this week was about as meaningful as Dick Cheney encouraging the Iraqi government to "hang in there."
Fri Jun 13, 2014 03:55 PM CDT It's critical for both commercial and spec traders to honestly recognize the cattle market seems to be in the process of stepping through the looking glass, stepping beyond conventional assumptions and logic regarding fundamentals, moving outside the traditional rules of technical interpretation.