Feeder Cattle Coverage

You're In Control

With Western Livestock Price Insurance for feeder cattle, you’re in control.  Select the coverage that works for your operation and lock-in market price protection to avoid unexpected declines.  Feeder price insurance is available year-round and coverage can be purchased every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Things to consider:

When evaluating whether to purchase feeder price insurance, it is important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Know your break-even point – This will help as you review coverages and determine if it provides the protection you need.
  • Know your cost – Each coverage level has an associated premium.The premiums reflect the the length of time the coverage is for and the volatility of the market.
  • Estimate the value of your feeder cattle – Feeder price insurance policies can be purchased for 12 to 36 weeks.
  • What is your risk tolerance – A major factor in selecting your coverage level and associated premium.

Feeder Cattle Coverage Factors

The coverage offered is a market-driven forward price that takes into account the three main risk factors for cattle feeders.

  1. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Feeder Cattle Futures - The nearby futures data is used to calculate a forward U.S. price.
  2. Canadian Dollar - Forward currency exchange data is used to convert the forward U.S. price into Canadian currency.
  3. Basis - The Canadian valued forward price is then adjusted for basis which involves the historical, current and future market conditions.

Your Livestock

Steers or heifers can be insured using the feeder price insurance.  The coverage and pricing is based on an 850 pound steer at the end of the policy; however, cattle insured using this option do not need to have an exact weight of 850 pounds.

Insured Weight

Whether you insure steers or heifers, the coverage is based on the total weight of the livestock when the policy expires:

The producer now has a ‘floor’ price of $2.00 per pound and knows if the market average price for an 850 pound steer goes below the floor price during the March claim window a claim can be submitted and the price insurance will provide a benefit.

How it's calculated

The claim window is the final four weeks of the price insurance policy.  Each Monday the settlement prices for the week are published.  If the settlement price is below the producer’s insured price the producer is in a claim position.  The producer may claim a portion or all of their insured weight on any Monday during the claim window.  During the last week of the claim window, the producer does not need to take any action as the policy will automatically be calculated.  The settlement price for that week will be compared to the producer’s insured price.  If it is lower a claim will be made for any weight that has not already been claimed in the previous three weeks.

*There is no requirement to sell livestock at the time the policy expires.