Cattle Current Daily—Apr. 23, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—Apr. 23, 2019

Feeder Cattle futures closed sharply lower Monday, in response to the higher than expected placements in last week’s Cattle on Feed report (see below). That, lower commodity markets overall and a pullback in Lean Hog futures helped drag down Live Cattle futures, despite last week’s firmer cash trade.

Except for 2¢ lower in spot Apr, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 97¢ lower.

Except for 65¢ higher in newly minted away Apr, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.23 lower.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

Wholesale beef values were higher on Choice and sharply higher on Select with moderate to good demand and light offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 83¢ higher Monday afternoon at $234.48/cwt. Select was $2.15 higher at $222.64.

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Major U.S. financial indices mostly hovered in place Monday, with a bump in crude oil prices and energy stocks tempered by angst over the heart of quarterly earnings reporting this week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 48 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 2 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 17 points.

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Feedlot inventories are underscoring the dynamics of herd expansion, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments.

“As of Apr. 1, Peel explains that In the five years of herd expansion from 2014 to 2018, heifers in feedlots averaged 34.4% of feedlot inventories. On Jan. 1 and Apr. 1 (this year), heifers accounted for 37.7% of feedlot inventories, indicating that heifer retention slowed significantly through 2018 coming into 2019.”

The data comes from the quarterly snapshot provided in Cattle on Feed reports.

Referring to the most recent one, Peel notes, besides cattle on feed Apr. 1 being record high for the month at 11.96 million head, the 12-month moving average of feedlot inventories is just shy of the record.

“Regional differences in on-feed inventories were pronounced and likely reflect the impacts of winter weather,” Peel says. “Feedlot inventories were up year over year in Texas (+6%); Colorado (+12%), Kansas (+2%) and Oklahoma (+2%). Feedlot totals were down year over year in Nebraska (-4%), Iowa (-4%) and South Dakota (-4%).

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