Cattle Current—July 21-2020

Cattle Current—July 21-2020

Cattle futures softened some on Monday, likely with some profit taking from last week’s strong performance.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 39¢ lower (25¢ lower to $1.00 lower in spot Aug). 

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.31 lower (32¢ to $2.30 lower).

Wholesale beef values edged higher Monday after dropping to the lowest levels last week since December of 2017.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.27 higher Monday afternoon at $201.74/cwt. Select was $1.28 higher at $191.59.

Corn futures closed 2¢ to 4¢ lower through Jly ’21 and then fractionally lower to 1¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 3¢ to 5¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed higher Monday, led by tech stocks, which were paced by Amazon.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 8 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 27 points higher. The NASDAQ closed 263 points higher.

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“Beef production will be higher year over year for the remainder of the year. This may combine with limited demand to keep wholesale beef prices under pressure going forward,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his latest weekly market comments.     

The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates project beef production this year at 26.93 billion lbs., which would be just 0.81% less than last year. Heavier carcass weights are making up for lost slaughter earlier in the year.

For seasonal perspective, Peel explains carcass weights typically decline significantly in April, May and June. Last year, for instance, steer carcass weights declined 54 lbs. from January (896 lbs.) to a low of 842 lbs. the first week of June. This year, he notes average steer carcass weights in June of 896 lbs. were 16 lbs. less than in January.

“Longer term, beef demand may be affected by the economic recession,” Peel says. “Impacts have not been obvious thus far but unemployment is still high and some unemployment benefits will end this month. With COVID-19 far from controlled, considerable uncertainty remains regarding how school schedules, sporting activities and business travel could affect beef demand this fall.”

2020-07-20T20:24:42-05:00

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