Cattle Current Daily—Sept. 6-7, 2021

Cattle Current Daily—Sept. 6-7, 2021

Cattle futures took it on the chin Friday as traders seemed to grow more concerned about post-Labor Day beef demand and the continued apparent inability of cattle feeders to gain currentness, given the anemic packing pace.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.04 lower Friday ($1.00 to $2.57 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.02 lower (45¢ to $1.27 lower) amid expanding open interest.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade has was mostly inactive on very light demand in all major feeding regions through Friday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

For the week, AMS reported live prices $2 lower in Nebraska at $126/cwt. and $2-$3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $125-$126. Dressed trade was $2-$5 lower in Nebraska at $200-$203.

The Texas Cattle Feeders Association reported its members trading steers at an average of $123.94/cwt., which was $1.57 more than the previous week. They traded heifers for $1.67 more at $123.80.

Corn futures closed 8¢ lower in spot Sep, then fractionally lower to 2¢ lower through Dec ’22, and then fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 8¢ to 10¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher.

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Wholesale beef values continued to erode.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.50 lower Friday afternoon at $336.42/cwt. Select was 84¢ lower at $304.13.

Total estimated cattle slaughter last week of 624,000 head was 27,000 head fewer than the previous week and 11,000 fewer than the same week last year. Year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 22.46 million head is 836,000 head more (+3.86%) than last year. Total estimated year-to-date beef production of 18.56 billion lbs. is 659.9 million lbs. more (+3.69%) than the same time last year.

The average dressed steer weight the week ending Aug. 21 was 903 lbs., according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. That was 5 lbs. heavier than the previous week but 7 lbs. lighter than the previous year. The average dressed heifer weight of 820 lbs. was 3 lbs. heavier than the previous week but 13 lbs. lighter than the prior year.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed mixed Friday on a disappointing jobs report – only 235,000 new non-farm jobs were added in August, the smallest gain in the last seven months. Some analysts say this news may slow down the Federal Reserve’s tapering timeline.

Average hourly earnings for all employees on private non-farm payrolls rose by 17¢ to $30.73 in August, following increases in the prior four months.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 74 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 1 point lower. The NASDAQ closed 32 points higher.

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The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,380 per acre for 2021, up $220 per acre (+7.0%) from 2020, according to USDA’s Land Values 2021 Summary.

The United States cropland value averaged $4,420 per acre, an increase of $320 per acre (+7.8%) from the previous year.

The United States pasture value averaged $1,480 per acre, an increase of $80 per acre (+5.7%) from 2020. For broader perspective, average pasture value increased $150 per acre (+11.3%) since 2017.

2021-09-05T19:16:17-06:00

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