Summer Stocker Outlook for 2019
Greg Halich and Kenny Burdine
Cow Country News
As we progress through the end of winter and pastures start to grow, stocker operators are looking to place calves into summer grazing programs. Calf prices typically rise in the spring and our calf market has risen by roughly $8 per cwt from fall 2018. At the time of this writing (March 11, 2019), fall 2019 CME© feeder cattle futures were trading around $153 per cwt, which was roughly a $10 premium over the March contract. This expected increase in feeder cattle prices between now and fall suggests there is a lot more upside price potential for calves as we move closer to grass growth.