Cattle Current Daily-Dec. 17, 2018

Cattle Current Daily-Dec. 17, 2018

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices in the Southern Plains on Friday were mainly steady with the previous week at $119/cwt. on a live basis. Early dressed sales in Nebraska were $1 higher at $188. Though too few to trend, early live sales in the western Corn Belt were $1 higher at $117, while early dressed sales of $187 were at the upper end of the prior week’s trading range in the region.

Cattle futures meandered to a marginally softer close.

Other than 12¢ higher in spot Dec, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 29¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 22¢ lower.

Corn futures closed mostly unchanged to fractionally mixed.

Soybean futures closed 4¢ to 6¢ lower.

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

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.51 lower Friday afternoon at $210.96/cwt. Select was $2.14 higher at $203.14.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed sharply lower Friday, pressured by weak European and Chinese economic data pointing toward slowing global economic growth.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 496 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 50 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 159 points.

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Despite some notions to the contrary, the nation’s beef cow herd likely continued to expand a mite this year, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), in the most recent Livestock Monitor. Specifically, LMIC analysts expect to see 0.2-0.4% growth as of January 1.

Yes, growth is anticipated despite federally inspected heifer slaughter through October running 7.3% more than the previous year; 10.7% more for federally inspected beef cow slaughter.

“The number of beef cows that calved has grown over the last four years, adding 2.6 million head since 2014,” says LMIC analysts. “This incredible growth pattern led to larger calf crops, and the economics has supported retaining a large number of heifers in recent years to continue adding to that beef cow number.”

2018-12-16T18:02:54-05:00

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