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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    Call the Market

    If someone told you that they had 52 opportunities throughout the year to make money, and they only used four to eight of those opportunities (four to eight weeks out of the year), wouldn't you wonder why? The same goes for...

  • No rancher will look at last week's storm and belittle whatever true moisture comes from the event, but with the frigid air and howling winds pelting snow that stung ranchers' cheeks and froze calves to the ground, no one wants a storm or blizzard like that again any time soon. 
(DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Call the Market

    Whether it's drought, cash flow insufficiencies, or the squeeze from higher fuel prices -- or last week's blizzard -- know that you are the men and women who will create good times once again. A Montana rancher shared what it was...

  • This week's storm could mean some long days for ranchers who are calving, but no one is grumbling about the chance of moisture. (DTN file photo)

    Sort and Cull

    If this storm does indeed produce the moisture it's expected to, the cattle market could see a strong uptick in feeder cattle prices as there are limited supplies of feeder cattle left and green grass should come when the...

  • Money comes and goes, but nurturing a love and passion for the land and livestock that we're blessed to care for is an immeasurable blessing. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Sort and Cull

    Thinking the grass is greener on the other side is a dangerous mindset; the longer you spend time with those type of thoughts, the more obsessed with greener grass you become.

  • If cattlemen do not realize and understand the cause-and-effect relationship between drought and cowherd liquidation, they could be in for a costly ride. (DTN chart by ShayLe Stewart)

    Call the Market

    In 2021, there were only 18 weeks when the market processed over 70,000 head of beef cows in a week's time, but thus far in 2022, there's only been one week when the market has not processed over 70,000 head of beef cows in a...

  • There are both positive and negative signs beaming from the live cattle market's fundamental outlook. (DTN ProphetX graphic)

    Call the Market

    The futures market plummeted upon the announcement of war, but as it looks to regain some confidence and a price trajectory for the near term, the market will likely look to its fundamentals for understanding.

  • Instead of calling balls and strikes in their own market, cattlemen tend to become price takers in seasons of uncertainty. (DTN/Progressive Farm file photo by Joel Reichenberger)

    Call the Market

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  • To be frank, there's simply too much to lose if one sits back and lets the market flounder to whatever bottom it will eventually cascade to. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Sort and Cull

    To make this business work, you must play offense, because if you get stuck playing defensive, you're always late and always behind.