LIVESTOCK MARKETS: The most complex market of all

Many factors make cattle markets challenging to navigate.

In the midst of a constantly changing set of short-term market forces, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist Derrell Peel said it is easy to overlook the enormous market challenges that are inherently part of the cattle and beef markets. In fact, he explained that many factors make the cattle and beef industry arguably the most complex set of markets known.

The cattle industry has a single primary objective: to produce cattle ready for slaughter. This p

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