Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Jan 15, 2016 03:32 PM CST

Recovery in a war zone. That's what the early year implosion of outside markets suddenly feels like to beef producers only recently upgraded from "one-foot-in-the-grave" to "walking wounded." If the cattle market is truly on the mend, shouldn't it at least be allowed to convalesce beyond the fall-out of shrapnel and mustard gas?

Alas, the market is seldom mistaken for the International Red Cross, investment flights to safety rarely confused with the Geneva Convention.

Fat cattle sold as high as $134 this week, generally $1 better than last week and $17-$18 above pre-Christmas lows. Furthermore, the choice cut-out surged ...

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