Cattle Current Daily—July 27, 2020

Cattle Current Daily—July 27, 2020

Through Thursday, the average five-area direct fed steer price was $97.23/cwt. on a live basis, which was 91¢ higher than the previous week, but $18.20 less than the same time last year.

Regionally, negotiated cash fed cattle trade for the week was generally $1-$2 higher on a live basis at $96/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $98 in the Northern Plains and $99-$100 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trades were mostly $1 higher at $158.

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Friday.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 29¢ higher, except for 35¢ and 32¢ lower in Feb and Apr and unchanged in away Dec.

Except for 2¢ higher in spot Aug, Feeder Cattle futures closed from unchanged to an average of 34¢ lower.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 49¢ lower Friday afternoon at $201.77/cwt. Select was 16¢ lower at $190.63.

Corn futures closed mostly unchanged to fractionally higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher, except for fractionally lower to 2¢ lower in the front four contracts.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed lower Friday, led by tech stocks once again.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 182 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 20 points lower. The NASDAQ closed 98 points lower.

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USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed report—for feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity—was close to widespread expectations.

Cattle on feed July 1 of 11.44 million head was 42,000 head fewer (-0.36%) than the prior year. That was the second highest inventory for the date since the series began in 1996, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Placements in June of 1.80 million head were 37,000 head more (+2.10%) than the prior year. That was on the low end of expectations, which could be considered market friendly. In terms of weights, 41% went on feed weighing 699 lbs. or less, 43% weighing 700-899 lbs. and 16% weighing 900 lbs. or more.

Marketings in June of 1.97 million head were 26,000 head more (+1.33%) than a year earlier.

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USDA’s semiannual Cattle report mainly mirrored pre-report estimates and suggests a continued plateau in beef cow numbers, with potential downside pressure.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service pegs all cattle and calves July 1 at 103 million head, which is 100,000 head more (+0.09%) than a year earlier.

There were 32.05 million beef cows and heifers that calved, which was 250,000 head fewer (-0.77%) less than the same time a year earlier.

The 4.4 million beef heifers retained for replacement were the same as a year earlier.

Cattle on feed July 1 (all feedlots) was 13.6 million head, the same as in 2019.

Cattle on feed in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head accounted for 84.1% of the total cattle on feed on July 1, which was slightly less than the prior year.

Estimated feeder cattle outside feedlots July 1 of 37.4 million head was 300,000 head more (+0.80%) than a year earlier.

2020-07-25T19:26:51-05:00

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