The fall run of cattle in the Northern Plains has been slow to start, primarily due to unfavorable weather and market prices. On top of that, cattle producers may be trying to market calves affected by the cold and snow this past spring. NDSU Extension livestock economist Tim Petry says last year, a $30 or more per hundredweight discount sometimes occurred. “We see the biggest discounts during the heavy fall marketing season,” says Petry. “I think the key is to talk to your market and maybe keep some less desirable calves longer.” With a lot of risk in the current cattle market, Petry encourages cattle producers to explore price protection options. Listen to the interview.