Cattle Current Podcast—May 16, 2023

Cattle Current Podcast—May 16, 2023

Cattle futures, especially Feeder Cattle, extended gains Monday, closing an average of $1.34 higher (67¢ to $2.07 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 66¢ higher, except 7¢ lower in spot Jun.

That was with Corn futures closing 5¢ to 7¢ higher through Jly ‘24, on the coattails of Wheat futures (KC HRW), which closed 21¢ to 27¢ higher through May ‘24, fueled by follow-through support from the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, along with concerns about the Black Sea Initiative.

Soybean futures closed 5¢ to 10¢ higher through Jly ‘24.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was inactive on light demand in all regions through Monday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $170/cwt., mostly steady to $2 lower in Nebraska at mainly $176 and $1 lower to $3 higher in the western Corn belt at $175-$177. Dressed prices were $1 lower in Nebraska at $280 and steady to $5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $280.

The weighted average five-area direct fed steer price was 20¢ higher on a live basis last week at $174.13/cwt. but $1.46 lower in the beef at $279.48.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.63 lower Monday afternoon at $301.98/cwt. Select was 3¢ higher at $284.71/cwt.

2023-05-15T19:11:24-05:00

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