How do you assure that you are protected in these wild times? Risk management is the answer. What exactly is risk management? Is it simply futures and options? The clear answer is no. Risk management from the perspective of the cattle feeder involves an increasing level of complexity. Reducing ones risk is a fundamental mindset that all commodity driven producers should have. This is truly a game of knowledge is power. Whoever can figure out the answers first will win the race. Markets (futures) are only a piece of the overall puzzle. This is a data driven opportunity. As a testament to ILS' committment to Risk Managment, we recently invested in a state of the art facility located in Manhattan, KS.
There are several factors to the risk management game. Being able to participate in all of them is the trick. Controlling the purchase, increasing consistency, eliminating purchases that did not work out, understanding the performance statistics, considering basis trends, watching relationships between fed cattle, feeder cattle, and input costs, understanding the drivers of profitability and doing it over and over again, are just some of the key data involved in this process. We at ILS have dedicated the time and the resources to take full advantage of the data we have compiled and turn it into working knowledge. We have the discipline to only work with what the market will allow. We work under a consistent structure to ensure that our data is providing us all of the information that is required to quickly identify and capture opportunities. This is something that we can help our customers define. Remember, the fundamentals are the same, but our risk tolerances are inherently different, just like our personalities. For more information on how we can better serve, please visit with one our managers.