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Varilek’s Cattle Call: Supply peak reached

June 14, 2019

Beef demand has held its own throughout our large supply of cattle. However, grilling season lost several weeks this year due to bad weather which we will not be able to get back. Beef sales...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Negative closeouts

June 7, 2019

The feeder calf market remains volatile. It has had $29 break from previous highs with a small recovery last week. The rally in corn could be to blame for the washout in the feeders, but...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Feeders are the Leaders

May 31, 2019

The grains took over most of the story lines for ag commodities again last week with delayed planting. There is no historical data to compare with as we have never experienced this large of a...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Market on the slide

May 10, 2019

One of the unwritten quotes of market movement is, “take the stairs up and the elevator down.” The cattle futures continue to try find a bottom as the break continues. The packers took advantage of...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Funds still in liquidation mode
Varilek’s Cattle Call: Funds still in liquidation mode

April 26, 2019

Last week, we experienced a shift in the live cattle market. Prices took an aggressive correction. This was primarily fund driven action with fundamentals not playing much of a roll. The record open interest run...



Varilek’s Cattle Call
Varilek’s Cattle Call

March 29, 2019

There has been a change of tone in the cattle market. We have finally had our first significant test lower in the live cattle futures. The slow grinding up-trend starting in November has come to...



Varilek’s Cattle Call: Live cattle contract highs
Varilek’s Cattle Call: Live cattle contract highs

March 15, 2019

Open interest in the live cattle remains at record levels with the funds holding a record long position. The funds appear to be defending their position. Some evidence of this being the recovery of the...