Cattle Current Podcast—May 10, 2022

Cattle Current Podcast—May 10, 2022

Cattle futures weakened Monday, pressured by recently waning wholesale beef values and sharply lower outside markets, but supported by lower Corn futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 44¢ lower, except for 25¢ higher in spot May.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 37¢ lower, except for 80¢ and 2¢ higher in the front two contracts.

Corn futures closed mostly 9¢ to 13¢ lower, while Soybean futures closed mostly 20¢ to 34¢ lower, pressured my optimism the forecast will enable rapid planting progress.

As of May 8, 22% of corn was planted, which was 42% less than last year and 28% less than average, according to the latest USDA Crop progress report. Twelve percent of soybeans were in the ground, which was 27% less than last year and 12% less than the average.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural marketing Service.

Live prices last week were steady at $140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and at $146 in Nebraska. Prices were $2 lower to $3 higher in Colorado at $142-$148; steady to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $144-$147. Dressed prices were steady in Nebraska at $232, but steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $230-$232.

The weighted average five-area direct fed steer price last week was 8¢ higher at $143.42. The average steer price in the beef was $1.62 lower at $230.69.

Although lower week to week, Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $4.57 higher through Monday afternoon at $259.01/cwt. Select was 81¢ lower at $244.25.

2022-05-09T20:59:37-05:00

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