Date of this Version
Farm and Ranch Management (July 27, 2020).
Also available at https://farm.unl.edu/feeder-cattle-future-price-spreads-opportunities-hedge.
This article was originally published by In The Cattle Markets on July 20, 2020.
Feeder cattle future price spreads across all months have recovered to near pre-COVID-19 levels as quarantine restrictions and packing plant capacity issues have been mostly sorted out. For example, for the week of July 17, 2010 [sic], prices reached levels not seen since the beginning of March 2020. Pasture and corn progress are two factors that have the potential to push prices lower in the next coming months. Given current market conditions, producers have some options to lock in a margin.
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