Cattle Current Daily—Oct. 26, 2021

Cattle Current Daily—Oct. 26, 2021

Cattle futures found traction Monday from the friendly Cattle on Feed report.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.25 higher, except for 20¢ higher in waning spot Oct.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 92¢ higher.

Corn futures closed mostly marginally higher.

Soybean futures closed 9¢ to 16¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, trade was at $124.00/cwt. on a live basis in the Southern Plains and mainly $124-$125  in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $196.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.22 higher Monday afternoon at $283.04/cwt. Select was 8¢ higher at $263.19.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed higher Monday, propelled by strong quarterly corporate earnings reports from tech heavyweights. The S&P 500 reached an all-time high, buoyed by consumer discretionary, energy and materials sectors. Crude oil reached $85/barrel for the first time since 2014.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 64 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 22 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 137 points. 

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“Following the ripple effects of last year’s pandemic volatility, it appears that feedlot production has moved past the cyclically peak numbers and will decrease consistently going forward,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments. He was talking about the most recent Cattle on Feed report published Friday.

“These numbers indicate that feedlots are front-loaded with heavy cattle and will remain so for a few more weeks, likely into December. This explains much of the inability of the fed cattle market to move into the tighter numbers needed to break out of current levels. However, the September placements show a very different picture ahead,” Peel explains.

Although cattle on feed Oct. 1 of 11.55 million head was 1.4% less than the previous year at 11.55 million head, the number was the second largest for the date since the data series began in 1996.

On the other hand, September placements were 2.9% less year over year and about 4% less than expected.

“Placements under 600 lbs. were down 1.2% year over year and placements over 800 lbs. were down 5.3%, including a 7.4% year-over-year decrease in placements over 900 lbs. The implication is that, while it is taking longer than expected to turn the corner on tighter feedlot numbers, the change may be relatively sudden and dramatic when it does arrive,” Peel explains. “Feedlots have responded to higher costs of gain by focusing more on heavy placements as long as possible. However, the overall decline in cattle numbers and the seasonal dynamics of fall placement weights should result in a rapidly changing feedlot situation by December and into 2022.”

2021-10-25T20:39:51-06:00

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