Cattle Current Daily—Feb. 24, 2021

Cattle Current Daily—Feb. 24, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in Kansas through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Elsewhere, it was limited on light demand, with too few transactions to trend.

Cattle futures softened Tuesday, with spot Live Cattle soon to expire, the lack of cash direction and bearish outside markets early in the session.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 85¢ lower, from 10¢ to $1.85 lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.01 lower, from 67¢ to $1.35 lower.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 31¢ higher Tuesday afternoon at $240.29/cwt. Select was 55¢ higher at $230.53.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 2¢ higher through Jly ‘21, and then mostly fractionally mixed.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 22¢ higher through Sep ‘22, and then mostly 8¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed mixed Tuesday, following steep early losses. Part of the turnaround stemmed from comments made by Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, which seemed to quell some inflation fears, at least for the day.

“Following large declines in the spring, consumer prices partially rebounded over the rest of last year. However, for some of the sectors that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic, prices remain particularly soft. Overall, on a 12-month basis, inflation remains below our 2% longer-run objective,” explained Powell, in his Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress. “As noted in our January policy statement, we expect that it will be appropriate to maintain the current accommodative target range of the federal funds rate until labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the Committee’s assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2% and is on track to moderately exceed 2% for some time.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 15 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 4 points higher. The NASDAQ was down 67 points.

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“It’s likely that you’ve heard individuals like Bill Gates claim that U.S. livestock’s contribution to climate change is immense. However, these claims are flat out wrong,” says Jerry Bohn, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, in an op-ed released yesterday. “Some activists and others like Gates often cite old claims made in the United Nation’s debunked report titled Livestock’s Long Shadow. They also use global numbers to back their claims about U.S. cattle production to back their marketing claims and sell their products.

“It’s critical that Americans understand that global GHG emissions are skewed higher because they include emissions from nations whose cattle and beef management systems are far less efficient than those in the United States. Global numbers also include countries like India, which have large bovine populations but where harvest is very low or non-existent because of cultural or religious practices. In global terms, U.S. beef cattle production counts for just 0.5% of global GHG emissions, so even if every American stopped eating beef in favor of fake meat substitutes, there would be virtually no discernible impact on our changing climate.”

In the op-ed—Beef Is, and Always Will Be Sustainable—Bohn emphasizes continued progress of the U.S. beef production system, which is already among the most productive and efficient in the world.

“Between 1975 and 2017, beef cattle emissions declined 30%. At the same time, the U.S. now produces even more beef from fewer animals and a smaller land base. Today, the U.S. produces 18% of the world’s beef with just 6% of the world’s cattle numbers,” Bohn explains. “This is possible through commitments to animal welfare, better animal nutrition and advancements in genetics. Those statistics are often overlooked or ignored by individuals like Bill Gates, the writers at OZY and others who are working to advance an agenda that drives people away from eating meat using scare tactics and unsound science to advance their cause and line their pockets with grocery money from well-meaning, concerned consumers who have been sold something they don’t want and never needed in the first place.”

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