Feeder cattle are are animals being fattened prior to slaughter. Feeder cattle
are sent to a feedlot for finishing into "fed" cattle when they weigh between 600-800 pounds. Feeder cattle are
an input into a production process; therefore, feeder cattle demand is influenced by all factors that affect future anticipated
demand for fed cattle, as well as expected feeder cattle backgrounding and/or feeding costs. Futures contracts on the
regulated commodity exchanges are a way to get positioned to trade feeder cattle.
Whether you are a speculator or a hedger, this section on the feeder cattle market
contains a wealth of valuable information. You can read about the history of the feeder cattle market, the
fundamentals that make it move, and the futures and options specifications. You can also view quotes, charts, current margin
requirements, and news that are affecting the feeder cattle market. However, if you are new to the markets you should
consult with a licensed broker before starting to trade.
2008 Moore Historical Cattle Report
Click on the link above to download a very informative
.pdf brochure entitled "2008 Moore Historical Cattle Report.“ It was published by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
This comprehensive report provides historical daily charts, cash and basis charts,and seasonal strategies to help you trade.
Click here to contact a commodities broker with experience trading the feeder cattle market using
futures and options.