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Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 27, 2023

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light to moderate demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Dressed prices were steady in Nebraska at $248/cwt. and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $248.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 47¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $268.75/cwt. Select was 32¢ lower at $251.48/cwt.

Cattle futures faltered Thursday with weaker early cash fed cattle trade and firmer Corn futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.09 lower, except for 17¢ higher in expiring Jan.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 68¢ lower.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 7¢ higher through the front three contracts, and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed mostly 12¢ to 16¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 13¢ to 21¢ higher through the front six contracts, and then mostly 5¢ to 7¢ higher.

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 27, 2023 2023-01-26T20:06:45-06:00

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 27, 2023

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light to moderate demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Dressed prices were steady in Nebraska at $248/cwt. and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $248.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 47¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $268.75/cwt. Select was 32¢ lower at $251.48/cwt.

Cattle futures faltered Thursday with weaker early cash fed cattle trade and firmer Corn futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.09 lower, except for 17¢ higher in expiring Jan.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 68¢ lower.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 7¢ higher through the front three contracts, and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed mostly 12¢ to 16¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 13¢ to 21¢ higher through the front six contracts, and then mostly 5¢ to 7¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices rose Thursday, supported by more domestic economic growth than expected.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2022, after increasing 3.2% in the third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The increase in the fourth quarter primarily reflected increases in inventory investment and consumer spending that were partly offset by a decrease in housing investment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 205 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 44 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 199 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed 64¢ to 86¢ higher through the front six contracts.

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The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) rose to 53.8 — above growth neutral — in January from 50.1 the previous month. The index was below growth neutral the previous six months. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with a reading of 50.0 representing growth neutral. 

“The Rural Mainstreet economy continues to experience improving, but slow, economic growth,” says Ernie Goss, the Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. “Almost 85% of bankers ranked rising input prices as the top economic challenge or threat to farmers in their area.”

The RMI is based on a monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.

The region’s farmland price index climbed to 66.0 in January from December’s 65.4. This was the 28th straight month that the index registered above 50.0.

“Higher input costs are the only major problem on the near time horizon,” says James Brown, CEO of Hardin County Savings Bank in Eldora, Iowa.

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 27, 2023 2023-01-26T20:04:48-06:00

Cattle Curent Podcast—Jan. 26, 2023

Cattle futures edged higher Wednesday with fundamental support and simmering ahead of cash direction.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 40¢ higher, except for 5¢ lower in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 23¢ higher, except for 25¢ lower in spot Feb.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed 5¢ to 9¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 5¢ to 9¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $248-$250.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.36 lower Wednesday afternoon at $268.28/cwt. Select was 59¢ lower at $251.80/cwt.

Cattle Curent Podcast—Jan. 26, 2023 2023-01-25T17:59:35-06:00

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 26, 2023

Cattle futures edged higher Wednesday with fundamental support and simmering ahead of cash direction.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 40¢ higher, except for 5¢ lower in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 23¢ higher, except for 25¢ lower in spot Feb.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed 5¢ to 9¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 5¢ to 9¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $248-$250.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.36 lower Wednesday afternoon at $268.28/cwt. Select was 59¢ lower at $251.80/cwt.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed narrowly mixed Wednesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 9 points higher. The S&P 500 closed fractionally lower. The NASDAQ was down 20 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed narrowly mixed through the front six contracts, from 10¢ lower to 2¢ higher.

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Total pounds of beef in freezers Dec. 31 were 4% more than the previous month and 7% more than the previous year, according to the monthly Cold Storage report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Frozen pork supplies were up 1% from the prior month and up 16% from last year.

Combined, total red meat supplies in freezers were 2% more than the previous month and 11% more than last year.

Total frozen poultry supplies were up 7% from the prior month and up 23% from a year earlier.

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 26, 2023 2023-01-25T17:57:56-06:00

Cattle Current—Jan. 25, 2023

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Tuesday in the face of higher grain futures and the lack of cash direction.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ lower, except for unchanged and 32¢ higher toward the front.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 35¢ higher.

Corn and Wheat futures rebounded Tuesday with likely short covering.

Corn futures closed 5¢ to 10¢ higher through Jly ‘24 and then mostly 2¢ higher.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed mostly 14¢ higher.

Soybean futures firmed, too, closing fractionally lower to 2¢ lower through Sep ‘24 and then 1¢ to 5¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $248-$250.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.80 lower Tuesday afternoon at $269.64/cwt. Select was $2.10 lower at $252.39/cwt.

Cattle Current—Jan. 25, 2023 2023-01-24T17:52:19-06:00

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 25, 2023

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Tuesday in the face of higher grain futures and the lack of cash direction.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ lower, except for unchanged and 32¢ higher toward the front.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 35¢ higher.

Corn and Wheat futures rebounded Tuesday with likely short covering.

Corn futures closed 5¢ to 10¢ higher through Jly ‘24 and then mostly 2¢ higher.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed mostly 14¢ higher.

Soybean futures firmed, too, closing fractionally lower to 2¢ lower through Sep ‘24 and then 1¢ to 5¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $248-$250.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.80 lower Tuesday afternoon at $269.64/cwt. Select was $2.10 lower at $252.39/cwt.

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Major U.S. financial indices wobbled to a mixed close Tuesday amid up-and-down quarterly earnings reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 104 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 2 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 30 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed $1.45 to $1.49 lower through the front six contracts, from 2¢ lower to 37¢ higher.

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With the national hay supply 9% less year over year Dec. 1, and 6% less than the previous record low, analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) say record and near-record hay prices will likely continue through most of this year.

“Hay prices have reached record levels in the last two years, outpacing the last drought. The hay stock data confirmed supplies are now tighter than they were back in 2012,” LMIC analysts say, in the latest Livestock Monitor. “Absent an exceptional early hay crop, prices are expected to hold near or above record levels through most of 2023. This will add to the decision of cow-calf producers and affect their ability to maintain/expand/contract their breeding herds. Our assessment is that forage/feed availability conditions are unlikely to allow for expansion in 2023.”

As it is, LMIC analysts explain hefty feedlot placements last year, may have left relatively few cattle to place after winter grazing, which could create a significant hole in supplies.

“During the last major drought season in 2011, cattle on feed dropped 1.2 million head over the summer compared to January 1 levels, and in 2012, cattle on feed numbers dropped about 800,000 head. If cattle on feed this year drops similar to those years, that would put the summer low between 9.0-9.4 million head on feed,” according to the LMIC folks.

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 25, 2023 2023-01-24T17:50:13-06:00

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 24, 2023

Cattle futures extended gains Monday, buoyed by sharply lower Corn futures, and an apparently neutral view of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.47 higher (85¢ to $2.30 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 63¢ higher.

Corn and Soybean futures eroded Monday, apparently mostly due to moisture in South America over the weekend.

Corn futures closed 8¢ to 10¢ lower through Jly ‘24 and then mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 13¢ lower.

KC Wheat on the CME closed 22¢ to 29¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $248-$250.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 28¢ lower Monday afternoon at $271.44/cwt. Select was $1.94 lower at $254.49/cwt.

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 24, 2023 2023-01-23T18:17:46-06:00

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 24, 2023

Cattle futures extended gains Monday, buoyed by sharply lower Corn futures, and an apparently neutral view of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.47 higher (85¢ to $2.30 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 63¢ higher.

Corn and Soybean futures eroded Monday, apparently mostly due to moisture in South America over the weekend.

Corn futures closed 8¢ to 10¢ lower through Jly ‘24 and then mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 13¢ lower.

KC Wheat on the CME closed 22¢ to 29¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $155/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and $156-$158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $248-$250.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 28¢ lower Monday afternoon at $271.44/cwt. Select was $1.94 lower at $254.49/cwt.

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Major U.S. financial indices bounced higher Monday with more investor speculation that the Fed may be ready to begin easing interest rate increases.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 254 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 47 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 223 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed narrowly mixed through the front six contracts, from 2¢ lower to 37¢ higher.

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Reflecting on Friday’s Cattle on Feed report, Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University points out the feedlot heifer inventory Jan. 1 was 0.5% less year over year, the first decrease since July 2021.

“Large heifer numbers in feedlots supported the 4.8% year over year increase in heifer slaughter in 2022 and was the largest heifer slaughter total since 2004,” Peel says. “The decrease in feedlot heifers does not, at this point, reflect heifer retention but simply a lack of heifers due to large heifer slaughter the past two years.”

Peel also notes feedlot inventories have declined four consecutive months. The Jan. 1 inventory for feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity was 11.68 million head, which was 2.9% less than the prior year.

“It looks increasingly like the early November seasonal peak will hold,” Peel says. “If so, the November total was 4.1% below the previous seasonal peak in February 2022 and suggests sharply tighter feedlot numbers going forward.”

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 24, 2023 2023-01-23T18:15:46-06:00

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 23, 2023

Cattle futures mainly gained Friday helped along by higher outside markets.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 74¢ higher (30¢ to $1.42 higher), except for 17¢ lower in spot Jan.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 48¢ higher (12¢ higher at the back to 80¢ higher near the front).

Corn futures firmed and closed fractionally mixed with stronger weekly U.S. export sales.

Soybean futures were down again — mostly 12¢ to 13¢ lower — with more favorable moisture in Argentina.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $155/cwt. and $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $155. Dressed sales in Nebraska were $2-$4 lower at $248. Live and dressed sales in the Western Corn Belt the previous week were $158 and $250-$252, respectively.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 21¢ higher Friday afternoon at $271.72/cwt. Select was 74¢ higher at $256.43/cwt.

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 23, 2023 2023-01-22T16:33:48-06:00

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 23, 2023

Cattle futures mainly gained Friday helped along by higher outside markets.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 74¢ higher (30¢ to $1.42 higher), except for 17¢ lower in spot Jan.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 48¢ higher (12¢ higher at the back to 80¢ higher near the front).

Corn futures firmed and closed fractionally mixed with stronger weekly U.S. export sales.

Soybean futures were down again — mostly 12¢ to 13¢ lower — with more favorable moisture in Argentina.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $155/cwt. and $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $155. Dressed sales in Nebraska were $2-$4 lower at $248. Live and dressed sales in the Western Corn Belt the previous week were $158 and $250-$252, respectively.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 21¢ higher Friday afternoon at $271.72/cwt. Select was 74¢ higher at $256.43/cwt.

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Major U.S. financial indices rebounded Friday, perhaps with some bargain hunting.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 330 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 73 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 288 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed 94¢ to $1.04  higher through the front six contracts.

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Markets could view Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report as neutral, to a touch bearish with slightly more placements and cattle on feed than expected and slightly fewer cattle marketed. The report reflects feedlots with 1,000 head or more one-time capacity.

Placements in December of 1.80 million head were 156,000 head fewer (-7.9%) than the previous year. That was 0.6% more than pre-report estimates.

In terms of placement weights, 49% went on feed weighing 699 lbs. or less, 40% weighing 700-899 lbs. and 11% weighing 900 lbs. or more.

Marketings in December of 1.74 million head were 113,000 head fewer (-6.1%). That was 0.8% fewer than expectations ahead of the report.

Cattle on feed Jan. 1 of 11.68 million head were 355,000 head fewer (-2.9%) than the prior year, but 0.3% more than estimates ahead of the report.

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 23, 2023 2023-01-22T16:31:53-06:00

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