Winter Storms To Impact Cattle Markets

Winter weather is moving across the United States, influencing not only commuters but livestock haulers. Market advisor John Heinberg from Total Farm Marketing out of West Bend says storm delays on cattle movement can influence livestock markets.

“We’re already seeing pictures in terms of the feed lots and the snow that gets in the way there and things that they have to manage,” he says.

Heinberg notes the wintery weather will also put stress on cattle as the lower temperatures move in behind the snow. He adds the cold temperatures can slow down weight gain.

“That’s one of those things that sometimes can give us a little bit of a push on prices,” he says. “With weather coming through, it makes transportation difficult in terms of getting animals to the packer.”

Heinberg says there may be short-term impact in prices to try to encourage producers to bring their animals into the packer.