Cattle Prices Are Posting New Highs!

Published on: 06:29AM Sep 21, 2011

Cattle prices are now at record highs of around $1.36 per pound primarily due to herd liquidation caused by the drought in the American Southwest. Bloomberg has a good article on the reasons for the rally in cattle prices and it is anticipated that high prices will continue for some time.

Unlike hogs or chickens where the leadtime on getting a new litter or hatch is less than 4 months, cattle take at least 10 months to give birth and any changes in supply take much longer. Unlike 2008 when feed prices were extremely high and cattle prices were lower, this time feed is high, but cattle prices are much higher.