Negotiated cash fed cattle trade developed in the Southern Plains Wednesday at $112/cwt. on a live basis. That was $2 more than the bulk of last week’s trade in the region.
Likewise, there were four lots of heifers (433 head) offered in the weekly Fed Cattle Exchange Auction, for delivery at 1-9 days. Two Kansas lots sold for a weighted average price of $112. The other two lots were passed at $112.25 and $112.75.
Also, there were 237 head of Ch 2-4 steers at the fat auction in Tama, IA—average weight of 1,445 lbs. They sold for a weighted average price of $113.05
Cattle futures rallied strong on Wednesday, supported by stronger cash fed cattle prices and the sharp seasonal uptick in wholesale beef values.
Except for 2¢ higher in expiring October, Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.24 higher, with increasing open interest and the heaviest trade in a month. Dec closed at the highest level since April at $118.30.
Other than 60¢ higher in nearly spent October, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.69 higher, with active trade and expanding open interest.
Wholesale beef values were weak on Choice and sharply higher on Select, with light to moderate demand and offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 50¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $230.05/cwt. Select was $3.10 higher at $206.67.
Corn futures closed 2¢ to 4¢ higher in the front three contracts, and then mostly fractionally higher.
Soybean futures closed mostly 2¢ lower.
Major U.S. financial indices closed higher Wednesday. Support included stronger domestic economic performance last month, as well as a positive barometer for job growth.
Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.9% in the third quarter of this year, according to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
On the jobs front, non-farm jobs in the private sector increased by 125,000 from September to October, according to the closely-watched ADP National Employment report.
Also, as expected, the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC), cut the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 points for the third time this year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 115 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 9 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 27 points.
Whether current interest in plant-based proteins is a fad or a long-term trend depends on the particular consumer and their reasons for choosing plant-based foods.
That’s the conclusion of a new study by the NPD Group (NPD), which finds that Millennials (born 1981-1996) are the top consumers of plant-based meat alternatives. According to The Future of Plant-based Snapshot, this generational group has adopted plant-based meat alternatives as a way to indulge sensibly while addressing their long-term health goals and animal welfare concerns.
Likewise, the study indicates Gen Xers (born 1965-1980) are also a core consumer group of plant-based meat alternatives. Many in this group are parents of Gen Zs (born 1997 to present), and they raised their Gen Z children on plant-based beverages and foods. Boomers are decelerating their consumption of plant-based meat alternatives but are the top consumers of plant-based dairy alternatives.
Since the core consumer groups for plant-based dairy and meat alternatives are younger, NPD forecasts that plant-based foods, to varying degrees, do have staying power. NPD’s study also finds that plant-based food consumption is not about rejecting traditional protein sources, as about 90% of plant-based users are neither vegetarian nor vegan.
“First and foremost taste is king when considering entering the plant-based foods category,” says Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst. “Attributes such as health and convenience go far to drive consumption, but if the flavor profile falls below consumers’ expectations, then the product will likely have a short run…”