ShayLe Stewart

DTN Livestock Analyst
ShayLe Stewart

ShayLe Stewart is the newest member of the DTN analysis team (September 2019), and comes with deep roots in the beef industry.

Based in the high mountain cattle country near Cody, Wyoming, Stewart leads coverage in all areas of livestock and meat production, and brings a true boots-on-the-ground perspective to a livestock marketing world that gets increasingly difficult to navigate.

ShayLe grew up on a cow-calf and haying operation in south-central Montana, where her passion for the beef industry led her to Colorado State University, ultimately to an internship with the United States Cattlemen's Association. Her experiences following markets for USCA were the springboard for her self-produced Cattle Market News website and Facebook outlets. Those weekly reports were a reliable source of compressed, easy-to-understand, digestible market information.

While her background is in the ranching West, ShayLe comes with a solid list of market contacts from around the country. Talking each week to sale barn owners, feed lot managers, and other industry experts, she is able to ask the questions that cattlemen need answered in order to find clarity in a complex and dynamic market.

ShayLe and her husband, Jimmy, run a registered herd of Sim-Angus females, and host an annual bull sale in Powell, Wyoming.

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  • Fear and turmoil surrounding the HPAI flu could be the market's focus for another day or another month. Whatever the timeline may be, the cattle market will continue to trade five days a week and fear shouldn't be the market's only driving factor. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

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  • When the market is in the midst of a strong bull run, it's easy to forget how much the market has improved, which is why looking at charts can be helpful. (DTN ProphetX chart)

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    One would like to think that the market would take bullish news and run with it. But when you study both the live cattle and feeder cattle market's charts, it's hard to demand that the market do much more when historically...

  • If you haven't started to think about your feeder cattle marketing strategy for the year, I'd highly recommend you do so as there's a lot of money on the table this year to capture. (DTN ProphetX chart)

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    When you look at the feeder cattle market's continuous chart, you'll see the market scored an all-time high at $257.38 on Sept. 15, 2023. The market currently is trading at $249.28, just a mere $8.10 lower than the high made last fall.

  • If we look at the data the market is sharing, packers have positioned themselves to need the cash market even less in the weeks ahead. (Photo by DTN Photo)

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    I wish I could come to you early this week and share that packers are going to increase processing speeds to keep up with increasing consumer demand; however, that simply isn't the case.

  • The real kicker of the market's current situation is trying to understand how packers will manage their position. (DTN ProphetX chart)

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    On one hand, packers will want to keep just enough product available to consumers that prices stay high. On the other hand, if they produce more meat to try to capitalize on strong boxed beef prices, they'll likely have to buy...

  • It's hard to believe Friday's Cattle on Feed report is correct when weekly feeder cattle summaries show sales receipts were significantly lower through the month of January. (DTN file photo by Jennifer Carrico)

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    With harsh winter weather conditions prohibiting sales across the majority of the nation for a full week in January, it's hard to believe placements were only down 7% in Friday's Cattle on Feed report.

  • The economy remains stressed, but from a 10,000-foot view, the cattle market still has plenty of bull behind it. (Photo by Kristen Shurr)

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    I understand whenever the market begins to trend lower -- as it did earlier this week -- we question ourselves and the bullish outlook. However, sound fundamental outlooks shouldn't be overridden by knee-jerk reactions.

  • Sharply higher fat cattle prices may have been the talking point of last week's market, but don't overlook the strength of the feeder cattle complex. (DTN ProphetX chart)

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    With the beef cow herd dramatically reduced, some feeder cattle buyers have already begun to buy grass calves.

  • In the last two weeks' worth of data from the actual slaughter report, the average weight of steers has dropped 19 pounds and heifers, on average, lost 18 pounds. (Courtesy photo)

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    Declining carcass weight is likely the reason packers were willing to buy Kansas-based cattle last week for $4 to $5 more than the previous week's weighted average while they were only willing to advance prices in Texas by $3.