LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Understanding historic live cattle price volatility

K-State agricultural economist explains some reasons for current cattle market trends.

Cattle buyers and sellers have been experiencing a fluctuation of sorts, not just in the live cattle markets over the last eight months but also in their within-day trades.

The live cattle market volatility in the last year, particularly in the last eight months, shows a major downturn in price, according to Kansas State University livestock economist Ted Schroeder.

For example, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service showed that live fe

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