Cattle Current Daily—March 31, 2021

Cattle Current Daily—March 31, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in the Texas Panhandle through Tuesday afternoon. Although too few to trend, there were some early live sales at $116/cwt. Elsewhere, trade was at a standstill, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

Last week, live prices were at $115/cwt. in the Sothern Plains, mostly $116 in the Northern Plains and at $115-$117 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at mostly $185.

Feeder Cattle futures edged higher Tuesday, helped along by softer Corn futures. Live Cattle were mixed, taking a breather ahead of cash direction.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from 42¢ lower to 15¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 48¢ higher, except for 25¢ lower and unchanged in the front two contracts. 

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $5.30 higher Tuesday afternoon at $244.83/cwt. Select was $3.42 higher at $235.90.

Corn futures, and especially Soybean futures, closed lower Tuesday with likely profit taking and positioning ahead of USDA’s Prospective Plantings report due out Wednesday.

Corn futures closed mostly 4¢ to 8¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 22¢ to 27¢ lower through the front four contracts, and then mostly 11¢ to 18¢ lower.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed lower Tuesday, pressured by rising Treasury yield rates and worries about increasing interest rates.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 104 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 12 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 14 points.

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 “Americans feel better than ever about choosing meat as part of healthy, balanced diets. With COVID-19 deepening demand for convenient, affordable food that tastes good and matches Americans’ values, meat fits the bill,” says Julie Anna Potts, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute (the Meat Institute).

Potts is referring to the recently released annual Power of Meat report conducted by 210 Analytics on behalf of FMI and the Meat Institute’s Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education.

The national analysis shows that three out of every four Americans agree meat belongs in healthy, balanced diets, up by nearly 20% since 2020; 94% say they buy meat because it provides high-quality protein.

Nearly all American households (98.4%) purchased meat in 2020 (IRI data) and 43% of Americans now buy more meat than before the pandemic, primarily because they are preparing more meals at home.

The proportion of meals prepared at home peaked at 89% in April 2020 and remained at 84% in December (IRI), considerably above pre-pandemic levels and particularly impacting Millennials who were previously most likely to eat out.

“Shoppers are cooking more at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their confidence in cooking and preparing meat has increased,” says Rick Stein, FMI vice president of fresh foods. “Further analysis also shows convenient meal solutions are key and that food retailers have opportunities to provide more choices, along with more information and education on consumer priorities like nutrition and meal preparation, building up what we call consumers’ Meat IQ.”

The number of meat shoppers who purchased groceries online grew 40% in 2020, and 59% of online purchasers expect to continue purchasing about the same amount online in this year, suggesting food shopping habits may have changed permanently.

2021-03-30T22:36:33-05:00

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