Cattle Current Daily—Nov. 12, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—Nov. 12, 2019

Cattle futures firmed and gained on Monday, supported by currently positive fundamentals, including seasonal strength for wholesale beef values and cash fed cattle prices.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 56¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 92¢ higher (57¢ to $1.25 higher).

Wholesale beef values were weak on Choice and firm on Select with light to moderate demand and light offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 53¢ lower Monday afternoon at $238.59/cwt. Select was 43¢ higher at $213.69.

Corn futures closed 4¢ lower through Jly ’20 and then mostly 2¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 14¢ lower through Nov ’20 and then 5¢ to 9¢ lower.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed marginally mixed on Monday, amid mixed news.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 10 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 6 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 11 points.

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“Prices for most weight classes of feeder cattle increased last week, suggesting that the last week of October may have been the seasonal low,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University. “However, cold weather this week may dampen demand and could pressure prices a bit more as large fall run numbers will likely continue for another couple of weeks.”

In his weekly market comments, Peel explains price patterns are typical for the time of year in Oklahoma, with prices per hundredweight decreasing sharply from 400 to 600 lbs. and prices largely unchanged at weights from 600 to 800 lbs.

“The current price patterns suggest marketing considerations for both cow-calf sellers and stocker buyers. For example, the value of additional weight for retained weaned calves depends on the weaning weight of the animals and the amount of additional weight planned,” Peel explains. “At 450 lbs., the value of 50 lbs. of weight gain is only $34/head but the value of 50 additional lbs. for a steer weighing 550 lbs. at weaning is $46/head. However, under the current price pattern, the value per pound of additional weight is higher as more weight is added. Of course, prices at this point in time do not account for price changes over the time it takes to add additional weight. However, current price patterns provide information about potential value relative to additional costs to add weight.”

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