It's Time to Think About How You'll Market Your Calves in 2021


By ShayLe Stewart, DTN/Progressive Farmer 



Springtime is a treasure, but it's also often a cussed season for cattlemen, as their to-do lists run extra-long. From calving out the last few cows, to turning on water, getting balers prepped and branding calves before kicking them out to grass -- the jobs seem endless and the days often run from dawn to dusk.


But, believe it or not, in a little more than a month, the nation will be testing this year's calf market with some of the biggest specialty sales -- Superior, Northern and Western Video Market sales.


With corn prices being the highest they've been in the last eight years, the calf and feeder cattle markets have been scaling lower during the last month to reflect the heightened cost of inputs. With lofty daily cost of gains being on the forefront of feeder cattle buyers' minds, the market desperately needs to see stronger fat cattle prices to make buying these calves and feeders worth the investment and time.


Thankfully, the feeder cattle market does have some positivity backing its position...