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LMIC's Jim Robb Says Next On Feed Report will Tell a Tale of Dry Conditions Across Southern Plains

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:12:53 CST

LMIC's Jim Robb Says Next On Feed Report will Tell a Tale of Dry Conditions Across Southern Plains

This coming Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture will release its regular monthly Cattle on Feed report based on February 1st data. Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center sat down recently with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays to share his thoughts on what this upcoming report might show.

“I think it’s a tale of dry conditions and the Southern Plains being the major part of the story in placements,” Robb said, clarifying that a relatively large number of cattle have been placed during January compared to last year. “We placed a lot of animals in January because we slowed them down and we kind of delayed them into feedyards. Well, we’re pulling them in early this year and certainly the drought conditions in the Southern Plains - Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico especially - have been forced to place a lot of cattle into feedyards in the month of January.”

Robb says the numbers from the Southern Plains could come in surprisingly large, again compared to a rather big number from last year. If this happens, Robb suggests that it might have a noticeable impact in the marketplace and drive fed cattle prices down later on. Also, Robb says marketings have been raised up a bit more on top of last year’s good number, which he says when all totaled, leaves us with what he expects to be a 7 to 7.5 percent year-over-year increase to the on feed inventory.

“That’s a little bit smaller year-over-year increase than we had last month,” he said. “But, that’s still a lot of cattle to work through. The concern is the timeframe that those animals come out of feedyards - certainly targeted to summer months. That’s the time where this fed cattle market and the feeder cattle markets will come together.”

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Hear Jim Robb and Ron Hays discuss his predictions for the upcoming Cattle on Feed report, below.
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