Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on moderate demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
For the week, live sales in Nebraska are steady to $2 lower at $122-$123/cwt. Dressed trade is $1-$7 lower at $195.
Live sales in the western Corn Belt are $5 lower at $120. Dressed trade is $1 lower to $5 higher at $195-$202.
Live sales in the Southern Plains this week are mainly steady at $120.
Feeder Cattle closed higher Thursday, supported by lower Corn futures.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.40 higher across the board.
Live Cattle benefitted from higher wholesale beef prices the last couple of days, although it seems way too early to call a seasonal bottom.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 68¢ higher across the board.
Strong weekly export sales also provided support.
U.S. net beef export sales for 2021 totaled 25,100 metric tons the week ending July 15, according to USDA’s weekly U.S. Export Sales report. That was noticeably more than the previous week and 63% more than the prior four-week average. Increases primarily were for South Korea, Japan, China, Canada, and Mexico.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 90¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $266.14/cwt. Select was $1.00 higher at $249.77/cwt. Steer byproduct value was $14.07/cwt., the first time it reached that mark since April of 2015. It started this calendar year right at $9.00.
The average dressed steer weight the week ending July 10 was 885 lbs., according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. That was 1 lb. heavier than the previous week but 17 lbs. lighter than the same week last year. The average dressed heifer weight of 812 lbs. was 1 lb. lighter than the previous week but 17 lbs. lighter than the previous year.
Grain futures softened, with reported pressure from the aforementioned export report.
Corn futures closed 6¢ to 7¢ lower through Jul ’22; then 2¢ lower to fractionally higher.
Soybean futures closed mostly 18¢ to 28¢ lower.
Major financial indices closed higher Thursday, led by tech stocks. Positive earnings are damping investor anxiety over inflation and the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Economic data was mixed, though. Sales of previously owned homes increased for the first time in five months, but jobless claims also rose.
Initial weekly unemployment insurance claims the week ending July 17 were 419,000, which was 51,000 more than the previous week and significantly more than analysts were expecting.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 25 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 9 points higher. The NASDAW was up 53 points.
Total pounds of beef in freezers June 30 were 4% less than the previous month and 7% less than last year, according to USDA’s monthly Cold Storage report.
Frozen pork supplies were 4% less than the prior month and 4% less year over year.
Total red meat supplies in freezers were down 4% from the previous month and down 8% from last year.
Total frozen poultry supplies were 2% more than the previous month, but 15% less than a year earlier.
Total federally inspected cattle slaughter in June was 2.90 million head, according to USDA’s monthly Livestock Slaughter report. That was 76,500 more (+2.71%) year over year. Total cattle slaughter from January through June of this year was 16.45 million head, which was 945,600 head more (+6.10%) than the same period last year.
Commercial beef production in June of 2.4o billion lbs. was 23.6 million lbs. more (+1.0%) than last year. Commercial beef production for January through June was 13.85 billion lbs., which was 862.4 million lbs. more (+6.64%) than last year.
Total commercial red meat production for January through June was 27.91 billion lbs., which was 1.1 billion lbs. more (+4.0%) than the same period last year.