The beef cycle begins with the cow-calf operation, which breeds the new calves. Most ranchers breed their herds of cows in summer, thus producing the new crop of calves in spring (the gestation period is about nine months).
This is a sample entry from Brian Cullen’s email newsletter, The Cullen Outlook, published on September 04, 2012. October / December LEAN HOG seasonal spread I am looking to get long the front month Lean Hog market (October) while shorting the back month (December). We have seen quite a bit of selling over the past… Read more.
Hogs are generally bred twice a year in a continuous cycle designed to provide a steady flow of production. The gestation period for hogs is 3-1/2 months and the average litter size is 9 pigs. The pigs are weaned at 3-4 weeks of age.
This is a sample entry from Craig Turner’s weekly market analysis newsletter, Turner’s Take, published on August 15, 2012. Interesting set up today in February Live Cattle. Many of our traders in the Ag community have been talking about the possibility of a Cattle shortage due to the high cost of feed price. As many… Read more.
This is a sample entry from Brian Cullen’s email newsletter, The Cullen Outlook. October 2012 / April 2013 LIVE CATTLE spread: I would like to get short the live cattle market. With the country immersed in drought conditions, the cattle markets are set in a channel/downtrend that I believe will continue into the fall season.… Read more.
This is a sample entry from Brian Cullen’s email newsletter, The Cullen Outlook. July / October LEAN HOG spread: This is a seasonal spread working off of upcoming supply and demand. July looks to be in overbought territory with recent news of slaughter slowdowns and strong export numbers. I think we could see limited upside… Read more.
Until they reach a specific weight, live cattle are specially raised for beef production. This process begins when they are calves and ends when they reach the required weight. Once the goal weight (typically 600-800 pounds), has been reached, they are then transferred to feedlots and are considered “feeder cattle”. In addition to beef production, cattle are used for milk, leather and soap production, and labor.
This is a sample entry from Brian Cullen’s email newsletter, The Cullen Outlook. June / October LEAN HOG spread: This is a seasonal spread working off of upcoming supply and demand. With the summer months approaching, pork inventories are comfortably set for near-term contracts (June and July), so the interest tends to fade and the… Read more.
This is a sample entry from Brian Cullen’s email newsletter, The Cullen Outlook. August Feeder Cattle: Buying on a hold of strong support and a test of the 50% retracement. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicator is also showing the market to be oversold at this point. August Feeder Cattle has found a strong support… Read more.
The U.S is the largest producer of grain fed beef in the world due to its abundance of pasture suitable for grazing and its large supply of feed grains. Live cattle prices have been rallying to all time high prices, presenting numerous trading opportunities. Whether one is a rancher needing risk management tools or a… Read more.