The last two weeks have been pivotal for the cattle markets, as the stars are aligning and allowing for a higher trade. However, one would never guess cattle prices are strengthening judging by grain prices. So, why the sudden turnaround? DTN livestock analyst ShayLe Stewart says boxed beef profits are being soaked up. “Packers have an incentive to keep the chains moving and are chasing the rewarding boxed beef prices. This means they are being aggressive in the cash cattle market. That also means in the weeks and months to come that front-end supplies are going to be taken care of.” The sure essence of grilling season also truly has an impact of the beef market, according to Stewart. “Pick while the market is ripe.While the market does change day in and day out, producers and feeders are still making plans for futuristic marketing strategies.” Hear more of the conversation with Stewart in this Red River Farm Network interview.