Although there were too few transactions to trend, there were some early dressed trades in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt on Wednesday at $169/cwt, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). That’s was $1-$2 higher than last week.
Cattle feeders offered 470 head (three lots) in the weekly Fed Cattle Exchange auction. Of those, 367 head (two lots from Texas) sold for delivery at 1-17 days for a weighted average price of $108.50, which was mostly $1.50 higher than last week’s country trade in the region.
Slaughter steers and heifers sold $2-$3 higher at Sioux Falls Regional in South Dakota. There were 406 head of Choice 3-4 steers weighing an average of 1,562 lbs. and bringing an average price of $106.35.
At the fat auction in Tama, IA, Choice steers and heifers sold $2 higher, with 194 head of Choice 2-4 steers weighing an average of 1,421 lbs. and bringing an average price of $108.07.
Cattle futures firmed with the outlook for steady to higher cash fed cattle prices this week.
Live Cattle futures closed mostly higher across a wide range. Except for unchanged and 7¢ lower in the back two contracts, they closed an average of 48¢ higher (12¢ to $1.15 higher).
Feeder Cattle futures closed mostly narrowly higher. Except for 15¢ and 40¢ lower in two contracts, they were an average of 18¢ higher.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 68¢ higher Wednesday afternoon at $216.88/cwt. Select was $1.26 lower at $205.58.
Corn futures closed 2¢ to 3¢ higher through Jly ’21 and then mostly fractionally mixed.
Soybean futures closed 7¢ and 6¢ higher in the front two contracts and then mostly 3¢ to 5¢ lower.
Major U.S. financial indices closed higher Wednesday, supported by indications the White House will entertain renewed economic stimulus talks ahead of the election.
The Dow Jones Industrial closed 530 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 58 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 209 points,
U.S. exports of beef muscle cuts turned the COVID corner in August, according to data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Exports of beef variety meats continued lower year over year, though, due in part to the lack of available labor required to harvest and export some items.
Led by record-large demand in South Korea and Taiwan, beef muscle cut exports were the largest in more than a year at 89,148 metric tons (mt), up 3.5% year-over-year, while export value increased slightly from a year ago to $611 million. August muscle cut exports also set new records in China and Indonesia and beef exports to Canada continued to gain momentum. Combined beef/beef variety meat exports were 109,752 mt in August, down 4.5% from a year ago. Export value was $673.8 million, down 2% from a year ago but the highest since March.
For January through August, beef muscle cut exports were 6% below last year’s pace in volume (627,248 mt) and 9% lower in value ($4.38 billion). Beef/beef variety meat exports were down 8% to 808,659 mt, valued at $4.95 billion (down 9%).
“Record beef shipments to Korea, Taiwan and China show the kind of rebound U.S. beef can achieve as the foodservice sector gradually recovers and adapts, and we are excited to see demand strengthen further entering the fourth quarter,” says Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO.
U.S. pork exports remain on a record pace in 2020, with January-August muscle cut exports up 22% from a year ago to 1.68 million mt, valued at $4.45 billion (up 20%). Pork/pork variety meat exports were up 17% in volume at just under 2 million mt, with value up 18% to $5.13 billion.
“The upward trend in muscle cut exports is very encouraging and especially critical as beef and pork production continue to rebound from the interruptions earlier in the year,” Halstrom says. “Maintaining variety meat volumes has been especially challenging this year but we continue to expand and develop destinations for these items, which are essential to maximizing carcass value.”