Cattle feeding margins declining from record losses

Cattle feeding margins declining from record losses

Economist expects red ink to continue for cattle feeders through remainder of 2016.

In 2015, the largest cattle feeding losses occurred for fed cattle marketed during October and December, due largely to relatively high feeder cattle prices. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Livestock, Poultry & Dairy Outlook” suggests that cattle feeding margins should move toward profitability as feeder cattle prices decline over the next few months. Due to current prices for fed cattle, however, positive profit margins aren’t expected until April 2016, when breakeven co

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