Elliott Dennis

Elliott Dennis is an assistant professor and extension livestock marketing specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics..

Feeder Cattle Future Price Spreads: Opportunities to Hedge?

This article was originally published by In The Cattle Markets on July 20, 2020.

Beef cattle at fence.

Introduction to the R-Package: usdampr

Why the Need for the Package?

In the 1990s, concern over growing packer concentration and a hog industry market shock resulted in discontent among producers and packers. As a result, the US Congress passed the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 (1999 Act) [Pub. L. 106-78, Title IX] which is required to be reauthorized every 5 years. See

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Changing Grid Premiums and Discounts Due to Underlying Changes in the Fed Cattle Industry

This article was originally published in the June 9, 2020 edition of In The Cattle Markets.

Cows eating out of feeding trough.

Cornhusker Economics: Impact of COVID-19 on Demand for Distillers Grains from Livestock Operations

Preston Keres/USDA

This article was published in Cornhusker Economics on June 3, 2020

Three black cows behind fencing.

Has COVID-19 Impacted Price-Weight Relationships and Value of Gain?

Beef cattle wait in a feedlot in Medicine Park, Oklahoma on August 13, 2009. Alice Welch/USDA. (Public Domain)

This article was originally published by In The Cattle Markets on April 28, 2020.

Cattle in feedlot.

Live Cattle Basis Due to Covid-19: Deviations and Convergence

Preston Keres/USDA (Public Domain)


Group of cattle in filed at dusk.

Pre-COVID-19 Market Conditions Persist & the Stocker Industry Can Dampen the Damage

Alice Welch/USDA (Public Domain)


Group of cattle in feedlot.