Paul Dykstra

Articles By Paul Dykstra

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Feb 12, 2020

CAB Insider: Prime Seasonality

The fed cattle market over the past two weeks has declined $3/cwt. from the January high of $124/cwt.

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Jan 30, 2020

CAB Insider: Opportunity Cost of Occupancy

A relatively quiet week in the fed cattle market last week with a sideways direction for the cash fed cattle price, now in its 4th week at the $124/cwt. level.

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Jan 15, 2020

CAB Insider: Continued Growth and Demand

The fed cattle market continued on the same track last week remaining at $124/cwt. Fed cattle prices have now increased for 18 straight weeks basis the USDA 5-area Weighted Average Direct Slaughter Cattle report.

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Dec 18, 2019

CAB Insider: Carcass and Maternal Traits Go Hand In Glove

Cash fed cattle prices remained firmer last week with instances of $120/cwt. live trade in Iowa, while eastern Nebraska saw the top end of $190/cwt. dressed, resulting in a weekly live average of $119/cwt.

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Dec 04, 2019

CAB Insider: Prices Higher, But Feedyards Have Lost Some 'Currentness'

Cattle feeders took a firmer grip on the rope last week with a cash fed cattle price more than $2/cwt. higher than the week prior, although that detail is lost in the pricing table due to rounding.

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Nov 20, 2019

CAB Insider: CAB Prime Sales Growth, Sign of the Times

The fed cattle market average last week was steady on the week prior with a $115/cwt. average on a live basis and $181/cwt. dressed.

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Nov 06, 2019

Cattle And Beef Markets Post Significant Gains

Cattle and boxed beef markets have posted significant gains over the past two weeks in a continuation of what has been an impressive recovery since the unsettled markets of August/September.

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Oct 23, 2019

CAB Insider: Squaring Carcass Value and Calf Prices

The past two weeks have featured fed cattle prices in a slowly increasing trend with the 5-area weighted average in the range of $109-$110/cwt.

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Oct 09, 2019

CAB Insider: Fall Carcass Weights and CAB Trends

From a seller’s perspective, the fed-cattle trade continues to improve, with last week’s numbers making it the third straight week of higher prices since September 9th.