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Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis

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Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis The weekly analysis includes fundamental and technical analysis for fed cattle, feeder cattle, feed grains and the Canadian dollar. At the end of each section, there is analysis of the Commitment of Traders Report along with price forecasts and recommendations for reach commodity. The analysis is about 20 pages long with detailed commentary, charts and graphs. This analysis is for finishing feedlots, backgrounding operators and cow calf producers. The time of sales is crucial for long term profitability. The analysis is usually sent out on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings.


Grain & Oilseeed Analysis Resilient Grain & Oilseed Analysis covers fundamental and technical analysis for wheat, durum, canola, and barley. We make five recommendations, selling 20% increments of the crop in each recommendation. In the long term, this strategy has been proven to ensure a higher overall average price.

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Jerry's Journey

Education and Professional Career

Gerald (Jerry) Klassen has been studying markets since he was a young boy growing up on a farm in Southern Alberta. Sugar beets, grains, finished cattle, feeder cattle were moving on and off the farm. He wondered how do two people agree to the price? How is the price discovered? Who determines this price and why?

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and Food Business Managment, he started in the grain trade with a multinational working up from an elevator assistant to international grain merchant.

After a brief period as a local on the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, he returned to his career as an international grain merchant until 2020. From 2005 through 2008 he worked for a Canadian grain merchant. From 2009 through 2019, he managed Canadian operations for a Swiss based grain trading house.

Jerry Klassen has over 25 years of actual commodity trading experience. From 2017- 2021, he was Chairman of the Canadian Grain and Oilseed Exporters Association.

Although his career was in the grain trade, Jerry has always provided market analysis for cattle producers. He has written for Cattleman Magazine
and Grainews for over 20 years. He has been quoted in the National Post, Reuters, and other media sources. Jerry has always had a passion for cattle feeding and the cattle market. A farmer at heart, Jerry has seven quarters growing canola, wheat and barley.

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After the recession of 2008 and 2009, feedlot operators felt they were blind-sided by an economic event that caused major equity erosion. Secondly, they wanted market analysis to be as intelligent as the beef packer or the multinational on the other side of their cash transaction.

Producers were looking for in-depth market analysis to enhance their risk management and marketing of fed cattle and purchases of feeder cattle. These producers also wanted advice on when to purchase their feed grains and hedging the Canadian dollar. They needed price forecasts and risk management recommendations for fed cattle, feeder cattle, feed grains and the Canadian dollar.

A group of feedlot operators approached Jerry Klassen to analyze markets for them.
After four or five meetings, the “Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis” came into existence.


Jerry Klassen has over 25 years of commodity trading and grain merchandising experience. He has been relaying vital information to farmers throughout his career. Resilient Grains and Oilseed Analysis accurately assesses the market environment for timely sales recommendations. Farmers will have a clear understanding of the markets and reasons to justify their marketing decisions.

Latest news

Grain Buying

September 24, 2023

Grain companies buy 66% of their grain and oilseeds in the lower third of the annual price range. If wheat trades between $8 and $14 per bushel in a crop year, grain companies will buy 66% of the wheat between $8 and $10 per bushel. Incremental sales throughout the crop year guarantees that farmers are not selling the bulk of the crop at the lows. Long term, you will have a higher overall average price.

Cattle on Feed

September 22, 2023

U.S. cattle on feed as of September 1 in feedlots with 1,000 head plus capacity were 11.094 million head, down 2% or 248,000 head from the September 1, 2022, number of 11.342 million head. Subscribe to the Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis to understand how the placements by weight category will influence the fed cattle market in the first quarter of 2024.

Future Spreads Indicate Market Direction

September 13, 2023

The March/May canola futures spread has widened, which is a negative signal. In last week’s issue, the March/May futures spread was trading at a $1/tonne inverse. This spread has moved from $1 inverse to a $2 carrying charge. Despite the year-over-year decrease in production, the spreads are weakening which is a bearish signal. The futures markets spread reflects the commercial view of the market which is considered the “smart money”. If your not paying attention to the spreads, you are not accurately analyzing the market.

Lethbridge Barley Was Trading In The Range of $436-$448/tonne Delivered

January 22, 2022

This past week, Lethbridge barley was trading in the range of $436-$448/tonne delivered, down from the highs of $448-$459/tonne during the first week of January. Central Alberta feed barley prices were unchanged from last week with bids quoted from $420-$440/tonne delivered.

Imported U.S. corn was quoted from $412-$415/tonne delivered in the Lethbridge area. We’ve bumped up our import projection for U.S. corn this week. Higher feed grain prices will influence Canadian feeder cattle prices in the second quarter of 2022.

Check out this weeks Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis for full details on feeder cattle and feed grain fundamentals.

The USDA Cattle Feed Report was Considered Neutral for the Market

June 25, 2022

The USDA cattle on feed report was considered neutral for the market. There are no major changes to our fed cattle supply projections for the third or fourth quarters of 2022. This week, Alberta packers were buying fed cattle on a dressed basis in the range of $292-$294 delivered, which was unchanged from seven days earlier. Live sales in Alberta were reported at $175 fob the feedlot, up $1 on average from seven days earlier.

Check out the latest issue of the Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis for our U.S. and Western Canadian fed cattle supply projections for the fourth quarter of 2022.

The Canadian Dollar Dropped Below the Psychological 76 U.S. cent this week

September 17, 2022

The Canadian dollar dropped below the psychological 76 U.S. cent level this week and closed at 75.27 U.S. cents on Friday. Stronger than expected inflation data resulted in a “risk-off” sentiment this week. It appears that interest rate hikes from the Bank of Canada will top out sooner and lower than the U.S. Federal Reserve in the first half of 2023. Canada lost jobs during June, July and August.

The U.S. gained approximately 1.1 million jobs over the summer. U.S. short term bond yields are now premium to Canadian yields. We’ve adjusted our Canadian fed and feeder cattle price projections based on changes to our Canadian dollar forecast.

Check out the latest issue of the Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis for full details.

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I always look forward to reading the latest issue of Jerry’s Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis. Jerry provides a great analysis on cattle, feed grain and the Canadian dollar. It’s one of the best tools I use for my risk management program.

Cam Vanee

Diamond 8 Cattle Co

I always look forward to reading the latest issue of Jerry’s Canadian Feedlot and Cattle Market Analysis. Jerry provides a great analysis on cattle, feed grain and the Canadian dollar. It’s one of the best tools I use for my risk management program.

Mike Kotelko

Highland Feeders

I have been following Jerry Klassen’s work for a couple years. I have found his analysis of the supply demand of cattle numbers and his recommendations on windows of timing for marketing cattle to be accurate. Subsequently I have purchased feeder cattle that coincide with his targeted optimum marketing time frames.

Dan Hochhausen

Hochhausen Farms

I have read Jerry Klassen's monthly columns in several agriculture publications over the years. I have always been impressed with his market analysis in regards to grain, cattle and the Canadian dollar. After talking to Jerry, he told me about his market analysis publication. I have subscribed to this publication and consider it an essential tool in helping make my business decisions.

Rod Morison

Morison Farms

I like the personal contact and discussion on the markets which helps with timely decisions. Jerry is always available and friendly. The newsletter is diverse information covering all aspects of the beef market and has been an eye opener for myself. His analysis on the economy and how this affects beef demand is very thorough.

Jon Unruh

Jerry Klassen has been providing market analysis and advice for our farming operation over the past 10 years. The cost of the analysis is small compared to the enhanced returns we’ve received. He has given us extremely valuable marketing advice on durum through volatile market conditions. Jerry has maintained a solid reputation for accurate, timely marketing recommendations.

Bill Francis

Eatonia Saskatchewan
(8,000 acres)