Cattle Current Daily—May 25-26, 2020

Cattle Current Daily—May 25-26, 2020

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ended up mainly $5-$10 higher on a live basis last week at mostly $120/cwt. in the Southern Plains and at $119-$120 in Nebraska. Dressed trade was mostly $10 higher at mainly $190.

Cattle futures hovered Friday, amid light trade.

Live Cattle futures closed mostly narrowly mixed, from an average of 54¢ lower (5¢ to $1.10 lower in spot Jun) to an average of 16¢ higher.

Except for 7¢ lower in new spot Aug, Feeder Cattle futures closed unchanged to 7¢ higher.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $5.07 lower Friday afternoon at $396.74/cwt. Select was $8.35 lower at $374.18.

USDA estimated total cattle slaughter for the week at 555,000 head, which would be 56,000 head more (+11.2%) than the previous week, but 92,000 head fewer (-14.2%) than the same week a year earlier. Year to date, cattle slaughter of 12.11 million head is 893,000 head fewer (-6.9%) than the same period least year.

Corn futures closed fractionally lower to 1¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ lower through Jan ’21 and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices basically tread water on Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 8 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 6 points higher. The NASDAQ closed 39 points higher.

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Markets will likely view Friday’s monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report as neutral, with numbers about mirroring pre-report estimates.

For feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity, there were 1.43 million head placed in April, which was 410,000 head fewer (-22.26%) than the previous year. In terms of weights, 33.17% went on feed weighing 699 lbs. or less, 49.37% weighed 700-899 lbs. and 17.46% weighing 900 lbs. or more.

There were 1.46 million head marketed in April, which was 469,000 head fewer (-24.32%) than the previous year. That was about 1% more positive than pre-report estimates. April marketings were the least for the month since the data series began in 1996, according to AMS.

There were 11.20 million head on feed May 1, which was 607,000 head fewer (-5.14%) than the previous year.

2020-05-23T18:31:31-05:00

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