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2014 Cattle Cycle Book

Basis Estimates, Monthly Average Prices and Slaughter Facility Information

By Dan Childs, Senior Agricultural Economics Consultant
and Steve Swigert, Agricultural Economics Consultant (Retired)

Posted Mar. 9, 2016

Examining the cattle price cycle and basis calculations can be beneficial for decision making within many types of cattle operations. Basis tables can help producers determine net prices when using either futures contracts or options. By looking at the seasonal highs and lows, and trends for the price cycles, one can determine the best times to market cattle.

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