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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  • High corn prices aren't necessarily a problem, but high corn prices with low cattle prices is a genuine issue. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Call the Market

    Though corn prices are on the brink of scaling into the $5 range and feeder's cost of gains are changing as quick as the corn market's prices are, the corn market could spark a positive movement in the cattle contracts.

  • Given the year's occurrences, preparing for Thanksgiving is difficult this year. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Call the Market

    I understand that this year's market yielded far from profitable prices for many, and that hardship and hard choices are difficult to appreciate. But when you see your cows scattered out, working the hills at the morning's dawn...

  • Feeders will be more strategic moving into 2021 as they look to market early spring-finished calves. (Progressive Farmer image by Jim Patrico)

    Focus on Opportunity

    The next challenge around the corner is hard to predict, but good management always pays off.

  • Pinpointing how much one should pay for bred females is difficult. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Call the Market

    Unfortunately, there isn't a road map that shows us when to buy heifers, when to market our cull cows and how/when we should market our calves. But when the market flashes an obvious opportunity in front of our eyes, we must...

  • The live cattle and feeder cattle markets often walk hand in hand. As corn prices rallied, live cattle prices weakened and supply outweighed demand in the countryside. So, it comes as no surprise that feeder cattle prices weakened too. (DTN ProphetX chart by ShayLe Stewart)

    Call the Market

    Having a marketing plan is vital: It is important to be active and informed participants within the marketplace, but that also means being willing to adapt as situations arise.