Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 12, 2022

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 12, 2022

Higher wholesale beef values and some stronger cash prices in the North helped lift Live Cattle futures Friday, which drug Feeder Cattle along.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.65 higher Friday afternoon at $248.93/cwt. Select was 71¢ higher at $221.26/cwt

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 84¢ higher (2¢ to $1.62 higher), except for 7¢ lower in the back contract.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 29¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was light to moderate on moderate demand in the Southern Plains through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Prices were mixed with live sales in the Texas Panhandle steady to $2 lower at $153-$155/cwt. and steady to $1 higher in Kansas at $155-$156.

Trade was light on moderate demand in Colorado at steady money of $157.

Elsewhere, trade was light on light to moderate demand with too few transactions to trend. For the week, live prices were $1-$3 lower in Nebraska at $156 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $157-$158. Dressed prices were $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $247 but steady in the western Corn Belt at $249.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week was 652,000 head, which was 11,000 head fewer than the previous week and 16,000 head fewer than the same week last year. Estimated total year-to-date cattle slaughter of 31.95 million head was 443,000 more (+1.4%) than the same time last year. Year-to-date estimated beef production of 26.41 billion lbs. was 334.5 million lbs. more (+1.3%).

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower, except for 1¢ to 2¢ higher in the front three contracts.

Soybean futures closed 2¢ lower through Aug ‘23, and then fractionally lower to 1¢ lower.

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