Negotiated cash fed cattle trade through Monday afternoon ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Prices last week were at $132/cwt. on a live basis in the Northern Plains and the Southern Plains. They were $131-$132 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $207.
The average dressed steer weight the week ending Oct. 30 was 920 lbs., according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. That was 2 lbs. heavier than the previous week but 6 lbs. lighter than the previous year. The actual dressed heifer weight of 842 lbs. was the same as a week earlier but 6 lbs. lighter than the previous year.
Cattle futures traded sideways to slightly higher Monday, amid lackadaisical trade.
Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 17¢ lower in five contracts to an average of 21¢ higher.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 57¢ higher, except for 32¢ lower in the waning spot month.
Corn futures closed fractionally lower to 1¢ lower through near Mar and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 12¢ higher through Sep ’23 and then mostly 7¢ higher.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.10 lower Monday afternoon at $283.20/cwt. Select was $2.25 lower at $267.28/cwt.
Net U.S. beef export sales for the week ending Nov. 4 of 20,600 metric tons for 2021 were 23% more than the previous week and 39% more than the prior four-week average, according to USDA’s weekly U.S. Export Sales report. Increases were primarily for China, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico and South Korea.
Major U.S. financial indices closed marginally lower Monday as investors awaited monthly economic data this week, including U.S. retail sales.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 12 points lower. The S&P 500 closed fractionally lower. The NASDAQ was down 7 points.
Steer and heifer calves traded counter-seasonally stronger in most regions last week, mostly steady to $5/cwt. higher with instances of $7-$10 higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
“There were places in South Dakota where very heavy supplies of calves are dominating the market and traded lower as trucking has also been an issue,” according to AMS analysts.
The dwindling supply of yearlings traded most firm to $5 higher.
In his weekly market comments, Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University notes calf prices are moving counter-seasonally higher amid what’s typically the peak calf marketing period of the year.
In Oklahoma, for instance, Peel says Medium and Large #1 steers the week ending Nov. 12 averaged $184.95/cwt. at 450-500 lb. That was $8.61 more than the prior week.
“The average price noted for value-added calves in the USDA-AMS report for the 450-500 lbs. steers was $194.57, nearly $10.00/cwt. higher than the average price for similar steers,” Peel says. “By contrast, the price for similar steers marked as un-weaned was reported at $174.86, about $10.00/cwt. lower than the average and about $20.00/cwt. lower than the price for the value-added calves. The value-added calves were valued $93.62/head more than un-weaned calves and $45.70/head over average calves.”