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Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 15, 2022

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

For the week, live prices were $4-$5 higher in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $4-$5 higher in Nebraska at $144-$148 and $1-$4 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$148. Dressed prices were $2-$3 higher in Nebraska at $229-$230 and near the top of the previous week’s trade in the western Corn Belt at $229.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 27¢ higher Friday afternoon at $263.37/cwt. Select was $2.13 higher at $239.59/cwt.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 647,000 was 4,000 fewer than the previous week but 11,000 head more than the previous year. Total estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 20.77 million head was 246,000 head more (+1.2%) than a year earlier. Total estimated year-to-date beef production of 17.12 billion lbs. was 171.3 million lbs. more (+1.0%).

Although supported by the week’s stronger cash prices, Live Cattle futures wobbled Friday — an average of 37¢ lower in the front five contracts and then unchanged to an average of 4¢ higher. 

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.02 lower, pressured by Corn futures, which were 10¢ to 14¢ higher through Jly ‘23, fueled by the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (see below).

Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ to 5¢ higher after 40¢ lower in spot Aug and 14¢ higher in near Sep.

Despite the latest pressure from feed prices, Feeder Cattle futures mainly maintained the previous two week’s strong gains, week to week on Friday. Week to week on Thursday, The CME Feeder Cattle Index closed $2.85 higher at $178.28/cwt. That’s almost $6 higher over the last two weeks.

August 14th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 12, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate on moderate demand in the Southern Plains through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were $4-$5 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $140/cwt. and $4 higher in Kansas at $140.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend. On Wednesday, live prices were $4-$5 higher in Nebraska at $144-$148 and mostly $4 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$148. Dressed prices were $2-$3 higher in Nebraska at $229-$230 and toward the top of last week’s trading range in the western Corn Belt at $229.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 13¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $263.10/cwt. Select was 38¢ higher at $237.46/cwt.

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Thursday, up for Live Cattle with stronger cash prices and lower for Feeder Cattle amid higher Corn futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 37¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 35¢ higher (7¢ higher toward the back to $1.40 higher in spot Aug).

Corn and soybean futures rose Thursday, with likely positioning ahead of Friday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Corn futures closed mostly 4¢ to 8¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 19¢ to 20¢ higher.

August 11th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 11, 2022

Cattle futures closed higher Wednesday, buoyed by higher outside markets and the positive outlook for cash prices this week.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.56 higher ($1.22 to $2.50 higher). Live Cattle futures closed an average of 99¢ higher (57¢ to $1.30 higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to slow on light to moderate demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few to trend, there were some early live sales at $146/cwt. in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt and some early dressed sales in Nebraska at $229.

Last week, live prices were $135-$136/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, $136 in Kansas, $140-$143 in Nebraska and $141-$147 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227 in Nebraska and $225-$232 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.50 lower Wednesday afternoon at $263.23/cwt. Select was 62¢ lower at $237.08/cwt.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 4¢ higher. Soybean futures closed mixed but mostly fractionally higher to 3¢ higher.

August 10th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 10, 2022

Corn futures rallied Tuesday, apparently fueled by more negative crop conditions (see below). They closed 5¢ to 7¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then 2¢ to 3¢ higher. Soybean futures closed mostly 22¢ to 28¢ higher through Aug ‘23, except for sharply higher in the two front contracts, and then 15¢ to 19¢ higher.

Higher grain Futures and oversold conditions pressured Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.73 lower (90¢ lower at the back to $3.15 lower toward the front). Live Cattle futures closed an average of 47¢ lower (25¢ to $1.05 lower).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $135-$136/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, $136 in Kansas, $140-$143 in Nebraska and $141-$147 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227 in Nebraska and $225-$232 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.51 lower Tuesday afternoon at $264.73/cwt. Select was $1.16 lower at $237.70/cwt.

August 9th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 9, 2022

Last week’s stronger cash prices for feeder and fed cattle, along with softer Corn futures helped Cattle futures extend gains Monday, especially Feeder Cattle, which closed an average of $1.49 higher. Live Cattle futures closed an average of 31¢ higher, except for unchanged in the back contract.

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

Last week, live prices were $135-$136/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, $136 in Kansas, $140-$143 in Nebraska and $141-$147 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227 in Nebraska and $225-$232 in the western Corn Belt.

The five-area direct weighted average steer price last week was $140.84/cwt. on a live basis, which was $1.01 more than the previous week. The weighted average price in the beef was $2.20 higher at $227.83.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.62 higher Monday afternoon at $266.24/cwt. Select was 19¢ higher at $238.86/cwt.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 3¢ to 8¢ lower.

August 8th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast — Aug. 8, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Friday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were 50¢ to $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $136/cwt., $2 higher at $140 in Nebraska and at $143-$147 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $2 higher in Nebraska at $227 and $1-$4 higher in the western Corn Belt at $225-$232.

Cattle futures edged higher Friday, supported by stronger cash prices.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 24¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 37¢ higher, except for 12¢ lower in Mar.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.66 lower Friday afternoon at $264.62/cwt. Select was $1.68 lower at $238.67/cwt.

Corn and Soybean futures were mixed Friday amid weather speculation and biding time for next week’s USDA yield estimates.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 8¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 6¢ to 9¢ lower through Aug ‘23 and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

Total estimated cattle slaughter last week of 651,000 head was 18,000 fewer than the previous week but 7,000 head more than the same week last year. Total year-to-date estimated cattle slaughter of 10.1 million head was 238,000 head more (+1.2%) than a year earlier. Total estimated year-to-date beef production of 16.6 billion lbs. was 168.9 million lbs. more (+1.0%) than a year earlier.

The five-area direct weighted average steer price in July was $142.16/cwt. on a live basis. That was 62¢ less than the prior month but $20.13 higher year over year. The average steer price in the beef was $228.25 for July, which was $1.51 less than the previous month but 30.63 higher than the previous year.

August 7th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 5, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate with light to moderate demand in the Southern Plains through Thursday afternoon. Prices were 50¢ to $1 higher at $135.50 to $136/cwt.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $2 higher in Nebraska at $140 and generally steady in the western Corn Belt at $141-$145. Dressed prices are steady to $7 higher in Nebraska at $225-$232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.66 lower Thursday afternoon at $266.28/cwt. Select was 95¢ lower at $240.35/cwt.

Firm to stronger cash fed cattle prices helped Live Cattle futures mostly edge higher and Feeder Cattle futures mostly fade higher Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed from an average of 18¢ lower in the front three contracts to an average of 41¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ lower, except for an average of 17¢ higher in the back two contracts.

Corn futures closed mostly 6¢ to 10¢ higher and Soybean futures closed mostly 40¢ to 57¢ higher, apparently buoyed by technical buying and weather speculation.

August 4th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 4, 2022

Steady to firmer cash prices helped Live Cattle futures close an average $1.17 higher on Wednesday (67¢ higher at the back to $1.82 higher in spot Aug).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on moderate demand in Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon with live prices at $140-$142/cwt. but mostly $2 higher at $140. Dressed trade there last week was at $225.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand with too few to trend.

On Tuesday, live prices were steady at $135 in the Southern Plains and unevenly steady in the western Corn Belt at $143. Dressed prices there last week were $224-$228.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 52¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $267.94/cwt. Select was 25¢ lower at $241.30/cwt.

Recently lower Corn futures and continued cash strength helped boost Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.62 higher ($1.22 higher at the front to $2.15 higher at the back).

Corn futures firmed Wednesday and closed mostly fractionally higher to 2¢ higher, following the previous session’s steep decline.

Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 16¢ lower, pressured by lower oil prices.

August 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 3, 2022

Cattle futures weakened Tuesday, pressured by lower wholesale beef prices, the weaker cash outlook and worries about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan potentially straining the already frayed relationship between the U.S. and China.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.08 lower (57¢ to $1.65 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 17¢ lower, except for 2¢ higher in Jun.

Grain and Soybean futures closed lower again Tuesday with weather pressure and steady crop condition ratings week to week and year over year.

Corn futures closed 11¢ to 15¢ lower through Sep ‘23 and then mostly 5¢ to 8¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 12¢ to 19¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the western Corn Belt through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live trades at $143/cwt. but too few to trend. Elsewhere, trade was at a standstill.

Last week, live prices were $135/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $138 in Nebraska and $141-$145 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $225 in Nebraska and $224-$228 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.14 lower Tuesday afternoon at $268.46/cwt. Select was $1.35 lower at $241.55/cwt.

August 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 2, 2022

A reprieve in Corn futures helped Feeder Cattle climb an average of $1.64 on Monday, further bolstered by last week’s strong cash trade.

Corn futures closed 9¢ to 10¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower. Pressure was likely due in part to reports that the first load of Ukraine grain exports in too many months left from the port at Odessa.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 66¢ higher, with another day of higher wholesale beef prices.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.36 higher Monday afternoon at $270.60/cwt. Select was 65¢ higher at $242.90/cwt.

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

Last week, live prices were $135/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $138 in Nebraska and $141-$145 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $225 in Nebraska and $224-$228 in the western Corn Belt.

August 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Aug. 1, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 98¢ higher on Friday with continued cash strength and stabilizing Corn futures. Week to week, though, they were an average of $3.37 lower, pressured by surging Corn futures, which were an average of 52’1¢ higher through the front six contracts.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 32¢ higher on Friday, supported by firmer wholesale beef values.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.47 higher Friday afternoon at $269.24/cwt. Select was $1.44 higher at $242.25/cwt.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from slow on light to moderate demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live sales in the western Corn Belt at $144-$145/cwt., but too few to trend.

For the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $135/cwt., $1.00-$5.50 lower in Nebraska at $139.00-$143.50 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $141-$145. Dressed prices were $2 lower in Nebraska at $225 and $3-$5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $224-$225.

Estimated total cattle slaughter for the week of 669,000 head was 4,000 head more than the previous week and 23,000 head more than the same week last year. Total estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 19.48 million head was 234,000 head more (+1.2%) than the previous year. Estimated total year-to-date beef production of 16.07 billion lbs. was 169.5 million lbs. more (+1.1%) than a year earlier.

August 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 29, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.55 lower Thursday beneath the weight of higher Corn futures, which were 14¢ to 16¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then mostly 9¢ to 11¢ higher. Soybean futures closed mostly 27¢ to 31¢ higher — both supported by the hotter, drier weather forecast in the Corn Belt.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 37¢ lower to an average of 15¢ higher, supported by positive weekly exports but pressured from lower cash prices and weaker wholesale beef values.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Thursday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far, this week, live prices are $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $135/cwt., $1.00-$5.50 lower in Nebraska at $138 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $141-$145. Dressed prices are $2 lower in Nebraska at $225 and $3-$7 lower in the western Corn Belt at $224-$225.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 22¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $267.77/cwt. Select was $1.00 lower at $240.81/cwt.

Net U.S. beef export sales of 25,300 metric tons were 6% more than the previous week and 66% more than the prior four-week average, according to the U.S. Export Sales report for the week ending July 21. Increases were primarily for South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Mexico.

July 28th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 28, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures rose an average of $1.08 Wednesday, bolstered by strong cash demand.

Live Cattle futures edged an average of 13¢ higher, except for an average of 6¢ lower in the front two contracts, despite the weaker cash outlook for the week and wobbly beef prices.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate on moderate demand in Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were $1.00-$5.50 lower at $138/cwt. Dressed prices were $2 lower at $225.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on very light demand.

Prices in the Southern Plains were $1 lower on Tuesday at $135.

In the western Corn Belt last week, prices were $141-$145 on a live basis and $227-$232 in the beef.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.12 lower Wednesday afternoon at $267.99/cwt. Select was $2.07 lower at $241.81/cwt.

Higher oil prices helped lift Soybean futures mostly 15¢ to 26¢ higher while Corn futures were up mostly 3¢.

July 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 27, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.79 lower Tuesday, pressured by Corn futures that were 15¢ to 17¢ higher through new-crop contracts as traders added weather premium based on the latest crop conditions, along with further uncertainty regarding Ukrainian exports.

Soybean futures closed 31¢ to 59¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 20¢ to 22¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 61¢ lower, uninspired by early cash direction.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the Texas Panhandle through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live trades $1 lower at $135/cwt.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill with too few transactions to trend.

Last week, live prices were $136 in Kansas, $139.00-$143.50 in Nebraska and $141-$145 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227-$232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.00 higher Tuesday afternoon at $269.11/cwt. Select was $1.12 lower at $243.88/cwt.

July 26th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 26, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.76 lower Monday, pressured by higher Corn futures, bearish feedlot placements in Friday’s Cattle on Feed report and likely profit taking.

Corn futures reversed direction and closed 15¢ to 19¢ higher through new-crop contracts after Russia attacked one of Ukraine’s deep seaports before the ink dried on the agreement signed Friday which was supposed to enable resumption of Ukraine grain exports in the Black Sea region. Soybean futures closed mostly 28¢ to 30¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 22¢ lower in three contracts to an average of 25¢ higher, supported by stronger wholesale beef prices.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 99¢ higher Monday afternoon at $268.11/cwt. Select was $2.50 higher at $245.00/cwt.

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

Last week, live prices were $136 in the Southern Plains, $139.00-$143.50 in Nebraska and $142-$144 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227 in Nebraska and $227-$230 in the western Corn Belt.

July 25th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 25, 2022

Cattle futures took a step higher Friday, apparently buoyed by bullish expectations for the USDA reports that came out later that day (see below).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.38 higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.42 higher (85¢ higher at the back to $2.02 higher toward the front).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from slow on light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $136/cwt. and $1.00 to $1.50 lower at $139.00-$143.50 in Nebraska and $142-$144 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices in Nebraska were $3 lower at $227.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 64¢ lower Friday afternoon at $267.12/cwt. Select was $1.97 higher at $242.50/cwt.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 665,000 head was 9,000 head fewer than the previous week, but 10,000 head more than the same week last year. Estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 18.8 million head was 212,000 more (+1.1%). Estimated year-to-date beef production of 15.5 billion lbs. was 152.6 million lbs. more (+1.0%).

Corn futures closed 9¢ to 11¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then mostly 4¢ to 5¢ lower, apparently pressured by favorable weather and the agreement between Ukraine and Russia which is supposed to enable resumption of Ukraine grain exports in the Black Sea region.

Soybean futures closed mostly 12¢ to 16¢ higher.

July 24th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 22, 2022

Corn futures dredged 15¢ to 16¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then mostly 12¢ to 13¢ lower, pressured by favorable weather and reports suggesting Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN would sign an agreement Friday that would enable resumption of Ukraine Black Sea grain exports.

Soybean futures closed mostly 24¢ to 30¢ lower, also pressured by lower Crude Oil.

Feeder Cattle futures gained an average of 49¢ with the lower Corn futures, although reluctantly.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 41¢ lower, except for 20¢ higher in the back contract, on the week’s lower cash tone and perhaps with some deference to Friday’s semiannual Cattle report and monthly Cattle on Feed report.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light trade through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few to trend, there were some live trades in Kansas at $136/cwt. and a few dressed sales in the western Corn Belt at $232.

In established trade for the week, live prices are $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136 and $1.00-$1.50 lower in Nebraska at $139.00-$143.50, where dressed prices are $3 lower at $227.

Last week, live prices were $137 in Kansas and $143.50-$145.00 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed prices were $228-$230.

Wholesale beef values resumed the seasonal decline. Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.77 lower Thursday afternoon at $267.76/cwt. Select was $1.72 lower at $240.53/cwt.

U.S. net beef export sales of 23,800 metric tons for the week of July 14 were up noticeably from the previous week and were 97% more than the prior four-week average, according to the weekly U.S. Export Sales report. Increases were primarily for South Korea, Japan, China, Mexico and Hong Kong.

July 21st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 21, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices were $1-$3 lower in Nebraska Wednesday at $139-$142/cwt. Dressed prices were $3 lower at $227. That was on slow trade and light demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend.

Live sales were $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday at $136.

Last week, live sales were $137 in Kansas and $143.50-$145.00 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed prices were $228-$230.

Despite the softer cash tone, recently firmer wholesale beef values helped Live Cattle close narrowly mixed, from 32¢ lower to 25¢ higher.

However, Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.04 lower Wednesday afternoon at $270.53/cwt. Select was $1.48 lower at $242.25/cwt.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 80¢ lower with likely profit taking and retrenching ahead of Friday’s semiannual Cattle report and the monthly Cattle on Feed report.

Favorable weather pressured Corn and Soybean futures Wednesday.

Corn futures closed 3¢ to 5¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then mostly fractionally lower to 1¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 22¢ to 25¢ lower.

July 20th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 20, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures rallied an average of $2.13 higher Tuesday, propelled by lower Corn futures and ongoing cash demand strength.

Corn futures closed 13¢ to 15¢ lower through new-crop contracts on weather pressure and then mostly 7¢ to 8¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 17¢ to 22¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 9¢ to 12¢ lower.

Positive outside markets, Feeder Cattle and higher wholesale beef values helped pull Live Cattle futures an average of 48¢ higher.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.02 higher Tuesday afternoon at $272.57/cwt. Select was $1.07 higher at $243.73/cwt.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday at $136/cwt. with moderate trade and light to moderate demand.

Elsewhere, trade was mostly inactive on light demand with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $137 in Kansas, $140-$145 in Nebraska and $143.50 to $145.00 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $230 in Nebraska and $228-$230 in the western Corn Belt.

July 19th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 19, 2022

Soybean futures closed sharply higher Monday, boosted by a bounce in oil prices, carrying Corn along for the ride. Extreme heat in the short-term forecast added support.

Soybean futures closed 31¢ to 38¢ higher through Sep ‘23 and then mostly 26¢ to 27¢ higher.

Corn futures closed mostly 5¢ to 6¢ higher.

Even so, Cattle futures firmed Monday, supported by stronger wholesale beef values.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.64 higher Monday afternoon at $270.55/cwt. Select was 87¢ higher at $242.66/cwt.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 42¢ higher (42¢ to $1.05 higher).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 37¢ higher, except for an average of 18¢ lower in two nearby contracts.

There was no established negotiated cash fed cattle trade through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $137/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $140-$145 in Nebraska and $143.50-$145.00 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $228-$230.

July 18th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 18, 2022

Cattle futures continued to soften Friday on the week’s lower cash fed cattle prices and ongoing recession fears.

Pressure could have also included uncertainty regarding the railroad strike set to begin Monday. Ultimately the strike was averted, at least for now, when President Biden signed an executive order Friday, creating a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB). The PEB has 30 days to recommend a resolution. The railroads and the unions then have another 30 days to negotiate a settlement.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.29 lower (57¢ to $2.55 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 64¢ lower.

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

For the week, live prices were steady in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt., steady to $4 lower in Nebraska at $144-$145 and $2-$5 in the western Corn Belt at $145. Dressed prices were $2 lower in Nebraska at $230 and $2-$4 lower in the western Corn Belt at $228-$230.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.16 higher Friday afternoon at $268.91/cwt. Select was 12¢ lower at $241.79/cwt.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 677,000 head was 84,000 head more than the previous holiday-shortened week. Total estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 18.2 million head was 211,000 head more (+1.2%) than last year. Estimated year-to-date beef production of 15.0 billion lbs. was 153.5 million lbs. more (+1.0%).

Corn and Soybean futures closed narrowly mixed Friday as traders positioned following the massive selloff earlier in the week.

Corn futures closed mixed from fractionally lower to 2¢ higher through Sep ‘23, and then 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly fractionally mixed to 1¢ higher through Sep ‘23 and then 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

July 17th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 15, 2022

Cattle futures ran out of steam Thursday amid higher Corn futures, softer cash fed cattle prices and continued volatility in outside markets. Perhaps the possibility of a U.S. railroad strike on Monday also played a role.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.29 lower (87¢ to $1.90 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.33 lower through the front four contracts, then an average of 79¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was mostly inactive on light demand through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt., steady to $4 lower in Nebraska at $144-$145 and $2-$5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $145. Dressed prices are $2 lower in Nebraska at $230 and $2-$4 lower in the western Corn Belt at $228-$230.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 30¢ lower through Thursday afternoon at $267.75/cwt. Select was 65¢ lower at $241.91/cwt.

A hotter, drier forecast helped lift Corn futures mostly 5¢ to 8¢ higher, except for 45¢ lower in spot Jly. However, declining oil prices weighed on Soybean futures, which were mostly 7¢ to 13¢ lower, except for 22¢ higher in spot Jly.

So far Friday, Cattle futures are trending lower.

July 15th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 14, 2022

Strong cash demand continued to bolster Feeder Cattle futures, Wednesday, helping Live Cattle to continue edging higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.17 higher. Live Cattle futures closed an average of 30¢ higher, except for unchanged in one contract.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate in the Southern Plains and Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were steady in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt. and steady to $4 lower in Nebraska at $144-$145, where dressed prices were $2 lower at $230.

Trade was limited on light demand in the western Corn Belt with too few transactions to trend. Last week, live prices were $145-$150 on a live basis and $232 in the beef.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 46¢ lower through Wednesday afternoon at $268.05/cwt. Select was 91¢ lower at $241.26/cwt.

Grain markets firmed Wednesday as traders retrenched following recent steep losses.

Corn futures closed mostly 7¢ to 8¢ higher. Soybean futures closed mostly 6¢ to 12¢ higher.

July 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 13, 2022

Grain markets were the story once again on Tuesday, melting down beneath the weight of bearish outside markets, the climbing U.S. dollar, a more optimistic weather outlook and apparently little impact from the latest monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE-see below).

Corn futures closed 36¢ to 48¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 15¢ to 19¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 48¢ to 63¢ lower through Sep ’23, then mostly 38¢ to 43¢ lower.

Sharply lower Corn futures and strong cash demand boosted Feeder Cattle an average of $3.48 higher, (from $2.98 higher to $4.70 higher).

That and firm wholesale Choice beef value helped Live Cattle edge an average of 41¢ higher, except for unchanged and down 25¢ in two contracts.

Last week, live prices were $137/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $144-$149 in Nebraska and $147-$150 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 37¢ higher through Tuesday afternoon at $268.51/cwt. Select was 83¢ lower at $242.17/cwt.

July 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 12, 2022

Strong cash demand for calves and feeder cattle, with snugger supplies looming, helped boost

Feeder Cattle futures an average of $2.09 higher Monday ($1.60 higher toward the back to $3.15 higher in spot Aug).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.26 higher (82¢ higher toward the back to $2.20 higher in spot Aug), helped along by firm wholesale beef values.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value 25¢ higher through Monday afternoon at $268.14/cwt. Select was $1.15 higher at $243.00.

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

Last week, live prices were steady to $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt., $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $144-$149 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $147-$150. Dressed prices were $2 lower at $232.

The average five-area direct fed steer price last week was $144.35/cwt. on a live basis, which was $1.81 less than the previous week. The average price in the beef was $1.74 less at $232.22.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 5¢ higher through new-crop contracts on Monday and then mostly 6¢ to 8¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 7¢ to 8¢ higher.

July 11th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 11, 2022

Grain and Soybean futures rallied higher Friday, apparently mostly due to a wetter, drier forecast. 

Corn futures closed mostly 25¢ to 31¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 10¢ to 22¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 24¢ to 39¢ higher through Aug ’24 and then mostly 10¢ to 21¢ higher.

Stronger grain futures pressured Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.28 lower, (from 75¢ lower to $1.58 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 53¢ lower through the front four contracts to an average of 21¢ higher, except for unchanged in the back contract. The anemic weekly export sales report could have provided some pressure. Net U.S. beef export sales the week ending the week of June 30 were 3% less than the previous week and 23% less than the prior four-week average, according to USDA.

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

For the week, live prices were steady to $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt., $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $144-$149 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $147-$150. Dressed prices in Nebraska were $2 lower at $232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value 18¢ lower through Friday afternoon at $267.89/cwt. Select was 73¢ lower at $241.85

July 10th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 8, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate on moderate demand through Thursday afternoon in the Southern Plains and Nebraska. Live prices were steady to $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $137/cwt., mostly $1 lower in Kansas at $137 and $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $144-$149, where dressed prices were $2 lower at $232.

Trade was limited on light to moderate demand in the western Corn Belt. Live prices the previous day were $150 — the top of last week’s range — and dressed prices were steady at $234.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 2¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $268.07/cwt. Select was 35¢ lower at $242.58.

Stronger grain futures pressured Feeder Cattle Thursday, while firmer beef values helped Live Cattle stay the course.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 82¢ lower (42¢ to $1.05 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ higher, except for 10¢ lower in near Oct.

Grain and Soybean futures rallied back Thursday on oversold conditions and supportive outside markets.

Corn futures closed mostly 9¢ to 11¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 2¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 38¢ to 43¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 12¢ to 20¢ higher.

July 7th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 7, 2022

Cattle futures gained Wednesday, helped along by a bounce higher in wholesale beef values.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.39 higher Wednesday afternoon at $268.05/cwt. Select was $3.06 higher at $242.93.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.17 higher (60¢ higher in spot Aug to $1.32 higher at the back).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 96¢ higher ($1.57 higher in spot Aug to 12¢ higher at the back).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill through Wednesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $137-138/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $145 in Colorado, $145-$151 in Nebraska and $147-$150 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $234.

Grain and Soybean futures firmed Wednesday as traders re-trenched after recent steep losses.

Corn futures closed 5¢ to 7¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then 2¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 4¢ to 7¢ higher through Jan ‘23 and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

July 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 6, 2022

Another round of heavy fund selling — tied to recessionary fears — held sway in commodity markets Tuesday.

Corn futures closed mostly 24¢ to 29¢ lower. Soybean futures closed 70¢ to 79¢ lower through Aug ‘23 and then mostly 55¢ to 60¢ lower. Both were also pressured by favorable weather.

Cattle futures were caught in the commodity backwash with Feeder Cattle futures closing an average of $1.49 lower and Live Cattle futures closing an average of $1.65 lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major feeding regions through Tuesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $137-138/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $145 in Colorado, $145-$151 in Nebraska and $147-$150 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $234.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 84¢ higher Tuesday afternoon at $264.66/cwt. Select was 60¢ lower at $239.87.

July 5th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 4 and 5—2022

Weaker grain futures and strong country trade helped Feeder Cattle futures take another step higher Friday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.57 higher, while Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.14 higher (55¢ to $2.62 higher).

Grain and Soybean futures were down again on extended fund liquidation and plummeting open interest.

Corn futures closed mostly 7¢ to 12¢ lower. Soybean futures closed 47¢ to 62¢ lower through Aug. ‘23 and then mostly 25¢ to 37¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade Friday ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week (last established) live prices were $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $137/cwt., steady to $1 higher in Kansas at $138, steady in Colorado at $145, steady to $3 higher in Nebraska at $145-$151 and unevenly steady ($2 lower to $3 higher) in the western Corn Belt at $148. Dressed prices were steady in Nebraska at $234 and steady to $6 lower in the western Corn Belt at $234.

The average five-area direct fed steer price was $1.60 higher on a live basis at $146.10/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was 97¢ lower at $233.94.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 18¢ lower Friday afternoon at $263.82/cwt. Select was 10¢ lower at $240.47.

July 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—July 1, 2022

Grain markets were the story on Thursday as Corn and Soybean futures tumbled, likely having more to do with quarter-end fund liquidation than the latest USDA Grain Stocks and Acreage reports, which were likely regarded as neutral overall.

On Thursday, Corn futures closed 24¢ to 35¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then mostly 11¢ to 20¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 19¢ to 29¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures climbed an average of $2.17 higher Thursday, from $1.50 higher at the back to $2.87 higher in spot August.

Expiring spot June Live Cattle futures closed $1.20 higher at $138 and then an average of 32¢ higher, except for unchanged to an average of 21¢ lower in three contracts.

Cattle futures are higher again so far today.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade in the Texas Panhandle Thursday was $1 lower than the previous day at $137/cwt.; steady to $1 lower for the week.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill with too few transactions to trend.

For the week, live prices are steady to $1 higher in Kansas at $138, steady in Colorado at $145, steady to $3 higher in Nebraska at $145-$151 and steady to $2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $147-$150. Dressed prices are steady in Nebraska at $234 and steady to $6 lower in the western Corn Belt at $234.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 88¢ lower through Thursday afternoon at $264.00/cwt. Select was 24¢ lower at $240.57.

July 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 30, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was light to moderate on moderate demand in Nebraska and the Southern Plains through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices were steady in the Texas Panhandle at $138/cwt, steady to $1 higher in Kansas at $138 and steady to $3 higher in Nebraska at $145-$151. Dressed prices in Nebraska were steady at $234.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on moderate demand with too few transactions to trend. Last week live prices were $145 in Colorado and $145-$150 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed prices were $234-$240.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.26 lower through Wednesday afternoon at $264.88/cwt. Select was $2.50 lower at $240.81.

Cattle futures extended losses Wednesday, with a lack of cash direction early in the session. 

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 66¢ lower (7¢ lower toward the back to $1.17 lower toward the front).

Live Cattle futures an average of 53¢ lower, except for 50¢ higher in expiring spot Jun.

Corn and Soybean futures closed mixed ahead of Thursday’s much-anticipated USDA Grain Stocks and Acreage reports. 

Corn futures closed 5¢ to 6¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher. 

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 15¢ higher through Aug ‘23. And then 8¢ to 9¢ higher.

June 29th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 29, 2022

Cattle futures closed lower Tuesday, basically giving back what was gained the previous session as Corn futures gained and cash fed cattle prices for the week remained unestablished.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.42 lower (77¢ lower at the back to $2.30 lower in spot Aug).

Live Cattle futures an average of 44¢ lower, except for 5¢ higher in waning spot Jun.

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

Last week, live prices were $137-$138/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $145-$148 in the Northern Plains and $145-$150 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $234-$240.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.54 lower Tuesday afternoon at $267.14/cwt. Select was $1.93 lower at $243.31.

Corn and Soybean futures closed higher on lower week-to-week crop ratings.

Corn futures closed mostly 5¢ to 8¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 25¢ to 29¢ higher.

June 28th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 28, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures rallied back Monday, closing an average of $1.63 higher (65¢ higher at the back to $2.20 higher). They recovered the previous session’s losses, helped along by lower Corn futures and carried Live Cattle along.

Live Cattle futures an average of an average of 47¢ higher, also helped by higher wholesale values.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.70 higher Monday afternoon at $268.68/cwt. Select was 22¢ higher at $245.24.

Corn futures closed 18¢ to 20¢ lower through new-crop contracts on the positive weather outlook.

Higher crude oil and vegetable oil prices helped boost Soybean futures mostly 5¢ to 8¢ higher through Jly ‘23 

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

Last week, live prices were $137-$138/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $145-$148 in the Northern Plains and $145-$150 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $234-$240.

June 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 27, 2022

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

For the week, live prices were $3-$4 lower in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt., steady in Colorado at $145, steady to $5 higher in Nebraska at $145-$150 and $2-$5 higher in the western Corn Belt at $147-$150. Dressed prices were $4-$8 higher at $234-$238.

Through Thursday, the five-area direct average fed steer price was 77¢ higher on a live basis at $144.50/cwt. The average price in the beef was $5.18 higher at $234.91.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 666,000 head was 1,000 head fewer than the previous week but 6,000 head more than the same week last year. Estimated year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 16.24 million head was 159,000 more than last year. Estimated year-to-date beef production of 13.45 billion lbs. was 127.10 million lbs. more than the same time last year.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 26¢ lower to an average of 16¢ higher.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 32¢ higher Friday afternoon at $264.98/cwt. Select was 8¢ higher at $245.02.

June 26th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 24, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures gained Thursday, closing an average of $1.11 higher and supported by the selloff in Corn futures, which closed 26¢ to 38¢ lower. Soybean futures closed 55¢ to 61¢ lower through Aug ’23 and then mostly 41¢ to 45¢ lower. Grain futures were pressured by the crop-friendly weather forecast in the Corn Belt and an overall meltdown in commodities.

Despite higher cash prices in the North, lower wholesale beef values and looming larger supplies helped pressure Live Cattle an average of 96¢ lower.

Premiums for fed cattle up north continued to climb Thursday.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade and demand were moderate in Nebraska on Thursday with live prices steady to $3 higher at $145-$148/cwt. Dressed prices were $4 higher at $234.

Trade in the western Corn Belt was slow to moderate with moderate demand. Live prices were $2-$3 higher than the previous day at $150. Dressed prices the previous day were $8-$10 higher than last week at $238-$240.

In Colorado, trade was slow on light demand with live prices steady at $145.

Trade in Kansas was slow on light demand. Live prices were steady to $4 lower than previous day at $137. Prices in the region last week were $140.

Trade was mostly inactive on light demand in the Texas Panhandle. So far this week, prices are mainly $3 lower at $137.

The average dressed steer weight for the week ending June 11 was 879 lbs., which was 3 lbs. less than the prior week and year, according to the USDA Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. The average dressed heifer weight of 814 lbs. was the same as the previous week but 3 lbs. heavier than the prior year. Total fed cattle slaughter of 528,748 head was 5,089 head fewer than the same week last year. Beef production of 542.8 million lbs. was 4 million lbs. less year over year.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.91 lower through Thursday afternoon at $264.66/cwt. Select was $1.05 lower at $244.94.

June 23rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 23, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices were mostly $2 lower on a live basis in Kansas through Wednesday afternoon at $138/cwt. That was on slow trade and moderate demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Prices were $2 lower to $2 higher at $138 in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on very light demand.

Last week, live prices were $145/cwt. in the Northern Plains and western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $230.

Softer cash prices, wavering outside markets and anemic technical support pressured Cattle futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.38 lower.   

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.26 lower.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 99¢ lower through Wednesday afternoon at $266.57/cwt. Select was 71¢ lower at $245.99.

Corn and Soybean futures mainly extended losses, pressured by crop progress and lower Crude Oil. 

Corn futures closed 7¢ lower through new crop contracts and then 1¢ to 4¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 30¢ to 34¢ lower through Jly ’23 and then mostly 20¢ to 27¢ lower.

June 22nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 22, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures extended gains Tuesday, closing an average of $2.37 higher on Corn futures that were 23¢ to 29¢ lower through Jly ’23, pressured by a favorable short-term weather outlook and positive crop progress and conditions. Soybean futures closed 20¢ to 28¢ lower through Mar ’23.  

Live Cattle hovered ahead of the week’s cash direction closing an average of 19¢ lower, except for an average of 35¢ higher in the back two contracts.

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

Last week, live prices were $145/cwt. in the Northern Plains and western Corn Belt. They were $140 in Kansas and $136-$140 in the Texas Panhandle. Dressed prices were $230.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.06 higher through Tuesday afternoon at $267.56/cwt. Select was 31¢ higher at $246.70.

June 21st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 20-21, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was mostly inactive on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices ended up $3-$4 higher in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $2-$4 higher in the Northern Plains at $145 and mostly steady to $4 higher in the western Corn Belt at $140-$146. Dressed prices were $4-$5 higher at $230.

The five-area direct fed steer price through Thursday was $3.21 higher at $143.73. The average steer price in the beef was $3.71 higher at $229.73.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 667,000 head was 7,000 fewer than the previous week but 3,000 head more than the same week last year. Year-to-date total estimated cattle slaughter of 15.58 million head was 156,000 more (+1.0%) than the same period last year. Total estimated year-to-date beef production of 12.92 billion lbs. was 130.5 million lbs. more (+0.8%).

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 90¢ lower through Friday afternoon at $266.26/cwt. Select was $1.15 higher at $246.53.

Cattle futures continued to gain Friday with the week’s higher cash prices, aggressive fed cattle slaughter and weaker Corn futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.32 higher (40¢ higher at the back to $1.65 higher in spot Aug). 

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 38¢ higher.

Corn futures closed mostly 4¢ to 7¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 5¢ to 7¢ lower.

June 19th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 17, 2022

Grain and soybean futures rallied Thursday with extreme heat and dry conditions forecast for the Corn Belt.

Corn futures closed 11¢ to 14¢ higher through Jly ‘23, and then mostly 3¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 14¢ to 19¢ higher.

Stouter corn prices helped pressure Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.66 lower.

Live Cattle futures mostly held their ground, supported by stronger cash prices, closing an average of 30¢ lower, except for unchanged to an average of 13¢ higher in three contracts.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live sales were $3 higher than last week in Kansas at $140 and $2-$4 higher than Tuesday in the Texas Panhandle at $140.

Elsewhere, for the week, live prices are $2-$4 higher in the Northern Plains at $145 and $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $144-$146. Dressed prices are $4-$5 higher at $230.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.06 lower through Thursday afternoon at $267.16/cwt. Select was 30¢ lower at $267.16.

June 16th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 16, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to slow with moderate demand through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady to $2 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $136-$138/cwt., $4 higher in Colorado at $145, $2-$4 higher in Nebraska at $145 and $2-$3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $144-$145. Dressed prices are $4-$5 higher at $230. Live prices in Kansas last week were $137-$138.

Cash price strength helped boost Cattle futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.22 higher (55¢ to $1.97 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.22 higher (20¢ higher toward the back to $2.72 higher toward the front).

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.22 lower through Wednesday afternoon at $268.22/cwt. Select was $1.14 lower at $245.68.

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally mixed, except for 5¢ higher in the spot month.

Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower through Sep ‘23 and then mostly fractionally lower.

June 15th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 15, 2022

Packers showed their hand early and came out swinging in Nebraska Tuesday where live prices were $4-$6 higher at $145-$149/cwt. That was on slow trade and light demand. Dressed trade there last week was $225-$226.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. However, early prices were steady to higher.

Last week, live prices were $136-$137 in the Southern Plains, $141 in Colorado and $141-$143 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed trade was $225.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.10 lower through Tuesday afternoon at $269.44/cwt. Select was 63¢ lower at $246.82.

Cattle futures closed little changed Tuesday but firmed following the previous day’s decline.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 14¢ lower, except for an average of 8¢ higher in two contracts.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 42¢ higher (7¢ to $1.20 higher).

Corn futures closed fractionally lower to 1¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 5¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 5¢ to 11¢ lower through Aug ‘23 and then mostly fractionally lower.

June 14th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 14, 2022

Cattle futures sagged Monday beneath the weight of continued sharply lower outside markets as traders try to navigate everything from slowing economic growth, to increasing COVID cases in China and Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.04 lower ($1.42 to $3.15 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.97 lower ($1.52 to $2.32 lower).

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally mixed to 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 27¢ to 38¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 19¢ to 21¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were $136 in the Texas Panhandle, $137 in Kansas, $141 in Colorado, and $141-$143 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $225-$226.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 78¢ lower through Monday afternoon at $270.54/cwt. Select was $1.44 lower at $247.45.

June 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 13, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices were $2 higher in Kansas through Friday afternoon at $137/cwt. That was on slow to moderate trade and moderate demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were also a few trades in the Texas Panhandle at $137, but too few to trend; established trade for the week was $1 higher at $136.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill. For the week, live prices were $3 higher in Nebraska at $142-$143 and $2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $142-$143. Dressed prices were $3-$4 higher at $225-$226.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 22¢ higher Friday afternoon at $271.32/cwt. Select was 72¢ lower at $248.89.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 674,000 head was 71,000 more than the previous holiday-shortened week and 4,000 head more than the same week last year. Estimated year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 14.9 million head is 149,000 head more than last year. Estimated year-to-date beef production of 12.4 billion lbs. is 129 million lbs. more than last year.

Cattle futures softened Friday, pressured by sharply lower outside markets and likely week-end profit taking.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.07 lower (75¢ to $1.55 lower).

The CME Feeder Cattle Index closed $7.58 higher week to week on Thursday at $161.87/cwt.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 64¢ lower, from 50¢ lower at the back to $1.00 lower toward the front.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 6¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 14¢ to 20¢ lower.

June 12th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 10, 2022

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Thursday, retaining most of the previous strong gains, supported by stronger cash fed cattle prices and aggressive slaughter.

Feeder Cattle futures closed 12¢ and 38¢ higher in the front two contracts and then an average of 45¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed mixed, from 33¢ lower 28¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on very light demand through Thursday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $1 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $136/cwt., $3 higher in Nebraska at $142-$143 and $2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $142-$143. Dressed prices are $3-$4 higher at $225-$226.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 64¢ lower through Thursday afternoon at $271.10/cwt. Select was 20¢ higher at $249.61

Corn futures closed narrowly mixed, mostly 1¢ lower to up 3¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 29¢ higher through Jan ‘23. And then mainly 1¢ to 3¢ higher.

June 9th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 9, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices continued to gain Wednesday with live prices $1 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $136/cwt., $1-$2 higher in Nebraska at $142-$143 and steady in Colorado at $141. Dressed prices in Nebraska are mostly $3-$4 higher at $225-$226, but a few up to $228. That was on moderate trade and demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Trade was limited on moderate demand in the western Corn Belt. So far this week, live prices are steady to $2 higher at $141-$142. Dressed prices in the region last week were $222.

Stronger cash prices helped Cattle futures step higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $2.10 higher, while Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.29 higher.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 32¢ higher through Wednesday afternoon at $271.74/cwt. Select was 15¢ lower at $249.41.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 7¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then 1¢ to 6¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 9¢ to 18¢ higher.

June 8th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 8, 2022

Recently stronger wholesale beef prices helped Cattle futures firm Tuesday, despite another day of higher Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 71¢ higher (3¢ higher at the back to $1.22 higher toward the front).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 17¢ higher except for unchanged in Jan.

Corn futures closed mostly 12¢ to 14¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then 16¢ to 20¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 9¢ to 29¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in the western Corn Belt through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. A few live sales traded at $141/cwt. Trading was at a standstill in the Southern Plains and Nebraska.

Last week, live prices were $135 in the Southern Plains, $139-$140 in Nebraska and $140-$141 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $222.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.84 higher Tuesday afternoon at $271.42/cwt. Select was $1.53 lower at $249.56

June 7th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 7, 2022

Corn futures surged 11¢ to 15¢ higher through Jly ‘23 on Monday, tied to increased uncertainty stemming from Russia’s weekend destruction of a major grain export terminal in the southern part of Ukraine.

That helped pressure Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.32 lower (85¢ lower at the back to $1.90 lower in spot Aug).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 57¢ lower, except for 22¢ higher in the back contract. 

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Last week, live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $135/cwt. and steady to $1 lower at $139-$140 in Nebraska and $140-$141 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $222 and steady to $5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $222.

The five-area weighted average direct fed steer price last week was $1 lower on a live basis at $138.07/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was $2.10 lower at $221.89.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.32 higher through Monday afternoon at $269.58/cwt. Select was $1.07 higher at $251.09.

June 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 6, 2022

Overall, Cattle futures extended gains Friday as nearby Corn futures continued to soften.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 58¢ higher. They were an average of $6.23 higher week to week on Friday as Corn futures declined an average of 40.3¢ through the front six contracts during the same period.

Live Cattle futures closed mixed on Friday, down 3¢ to 28¢ in the front two contracts, then up an average of 21¢. Week to week, however, they were an average of $1.96 higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand through Friday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend accord to the agricultural Marketing Service. 

For the week, live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $135/cwt., $1 lower in Nebraska at $139 and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices were $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $222 and steady to $5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $222.

Wholesale beef prices continued to gain last week. Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.84 higher week to week on Friday at $267.26/cwt. Select was $3.52 higher at $250.02.

June 5th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 3, 2022

Cattle futures extended the previous day’s rally, apparently helped along by technical support and perhaps emboldened by corn planting progress and recent rains across the country.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.70 higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.74 higher, from 83¢ in spot June to $2.15 in Dec.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 77¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $266.65/cwt. Select was 72¢ higher at $249.63.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Thursday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend accord to the agricultural Marketing Service. 

For the week, live prices are $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $135/cwt., $1 lower in Nebraska at $139 and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices are $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $222 and steady to $5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $222.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 3¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 21¢ to 39¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 10¢ to 18¢ higher.

June 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 2, 2022

A second consecutive day of sharply lower new-crop Corn futures prices helped Feeder Cattle futures roar an average of $3.87 higher.

Corn futures closed 17¢ to 22¢ lower through Jly ‘23, and then mostly 11¢ to 13¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 4¢ to 7¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 4¢ to 6¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.41 higher, from 25¢ higher at the back to $2.52 higher toward the front. That was despite the softer start to negotiated cash fed cattle prices this week of $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $135/cwt.

Live prices last week were $140 in Nebraska and $140-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $223-$224 in Nebraska and $222-$227 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 12¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $267.42/cwt. Select was 26¢ higher at $248.91.

June 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—June 1, 2022

Cattle futures took a step lower Tuesday to start the trading week, caught in the broader commodity market downdraft and amid month-end positioning.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.20 lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.31 lower, from 20¢ lower at the back to $2.02 lower toward the front.

Corn futures closed 15¢ to 23¢ lower through old-crop contracts, and then mostly 7¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 30¢ to 49¢ lower through Sep ‘23 and then 23¢ to 24¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were $137/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $140 in Nebraska and $140-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $223-$224 in Nebraska and $222-$227 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.12 higher Tuesday afternoon at $267.54/cwt. Select was $2.15 higher at $248.65.

May 31st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 30-31, 2022

Wholesale beef prices gained on Friday heading into the unofficial start of grilling season. Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.45 higher Friday afternoon at $265.42/cwt. Select was $2.07 higher at $246.50.

Firmer beef prices helped Live Cattle futures close an average of 22¢ higher, except for an average of 18¢ lower in the front three contracts and unchanged in Apr. They were an average of 48¢ higher week to week on Friday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 67¢ lower, from 35¢ lower in new spot Aug to $1.02 lower, amid continued light trade and under pressure from higher Corn futures once gain. However, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.53 higher week to week on Friday, despite the previous week’s bearish Cattle on Feed report.

Corn futures closed 10¢ to 12¢ higher through Jly ‘23, and then mostly 4¢ higher, presumably helped along by dry weather in South America. Soybean futures closed mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher. 

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137/cwt., steady to $2 lower at $140 in Nebraska and $140-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $3 lower in Nebraska at $223. The previous week dressed prices were $223-$227 in the western Corn belt, and live prices in Colorado were $142.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 644,000 head was 36,000 head fewer than the previous week, but 14,000 head more than the same week last year. Estimated year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 13.63 million head was 92,000 head more (+0.7%) than the same period last year. Estimated year-to-date total beef production of 11.36 billion lbs. was 101.5 million lbs. more (+0.9%) than the same time last year.

May 29th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 27, 2022

Cattle futures softened with the week’s weaker cash prices.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 80¢ lower, from 2¢ lower in waning spot May to $1.32 lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 33¢ lower, except for an average of 8¢ higher in the front two contracts.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from slow trade on light demand to mostly inactive on very light demand through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing service.

Although too few to trend, there were a few live trades in Kansas at $136/cwt. and a few dressed trades in Nebraska at $224.

Established live cattle prices so far this week are $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137, steady to $2 lower in Nebraska at $140 and $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices are $3 lower in Nebraska at $223.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.04 higher Thursday afternoon at $263.97/cwt. Select was 37¢ higher at $244.43.

Corn futures closed mixed, 3¢ to 5¢ lower in new-crop contracts and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 30¢ to 45¢ higher through Jan ’23 and then mostly 13¢ to 24¢ higher, helped along by oil prices. 

May 26th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 26, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow to moderate on moderate demand in Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were $2 lower at $140/cwt. and dressed prices were generally $3 lower at $222-$225.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend.

Earlier in the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137.

Last week, live prices were $142 in Colorado and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices in the Western Corn Belt were $223-$227.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 72¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $262.93/cwt. Select was $1.29 lower at $244.06.

Feeder Cattle futures eased an average of 33¢ higher, except for an average of 11¢ lower in two contracts, helped along by weaker Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 29¢ lower, except for an average of 34¢ higher in the back three contracts, struggling with lower cash prices and the likelihood seasonal beef prices are near the peak.

Grain futures were under pressure Wednesday, due to planting progress, China’s announcement that it will begin importing corn from Brazil and Russia’s announcement that it would allow grain exports from Ukraine in exchange for the easing of some current sanctions.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 7¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 12¢ lower in old-crop contracts, 1¢ 4¢ lower through May ’23 and then mostly 1¢ higher.

May 25th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 25, 2022

Lower Corn futures helped Feeder Cattle extend gains Tuesday. They closed an average of $2.56 higher ($1.05 higher in spot May to $3.17 higher at the back).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 23¢ higher, except for an average of 14¢ lower in the front two contracts and unchanged at the back.

Corn futures closed 12¢ to 14¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 2¢ lower, pressured by resurgent planting progress.

Soybean futures closed mostly unchanged to 3¢ lower, except for fractionally higher to 6¢ higher in the front three contracts.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade in the Southern Plains was $1 lower through Tuesday afternoon at $137/cwt., according to the Agricultural marketing Service. That was on moderate trade and demand in the Texas Panhandle and slow trade on moderate demand in Kansas.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend.

Last week, live prices were $140-$142 in the Northern Plains and $142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $226 in Nebraska and $223-$227 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 63¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $263.65/cwt. Select was $1.12 higher at $245.35.

May 24th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 24, 2022

Apparently, Cattle futures were too cheap and/or traders had already factored in what turned out be a bearish Cattle on Feed report Friday.

Feeder Cattle closed an average of 98¢ higher (5¢ higher in spot May to $1.70 higher).  

And that was with Corn futures futures closed 5¢ to 7¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

Higher wholesale beef prices helped Live Cattle close an average of 69¢ higher, except for 2¢ lower in away Aug. 

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.11 higher through Monday afternoon at $264.28/cwt. Select was $1.21 higher at $244.23.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $140-$142 in the Northern Plains and $142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $226 in Nebraska and $223-$227 in the western Corn Belt.

The five-area weighted average fed steer price last week was $2.19 lower at $140.25/cwt. The average price in the beef was $3.02 lower at $225.80.

May 23rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 23, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $138/cwt., $4 lower in Nebraska at $140 and $2-$3 lower in the western Corn belt at $142. Dressed prices were $4 lower in Nebraska at $226. Dressed prices in the western Corn Belt the previous week were $227-$230.

Total estimated cattle slaughter last week was 23,000 head more than the previous week and 8,000 head more than the previous year at 680,000. Total estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 13.0 million head was 84,000 head more. Total estimated year-to-date beef production of 10.8 billion lbs. was 98.9 million lbs. more than last year.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 47¢ higher through Friday afternoon at $262.17/cwt. Select was $3.04 lower at $243.02.

Cattle futures closed lower again Friday with continued pressure from volatile outside markets, and perhaps with some prescient positioning ahead of the Cattle on Feed report.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 70¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 53¢ lower, except for 7¢ higher in spot Jun.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 4¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 8¢ to 9¢ higher. 

May 21st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 20, 2022

Live Cattle firmed, closing narrowly mixed, from an average of 38¢ lower to an average of 14¢ higher. However, contra-seasonally lackluster wholesale beef prices and the dwindling premium in deferred contracts continued to cast a gloomy pall.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 76¢ lower (52¢ to $1.72 lower) amid extremely light trade.

Corn futures closed mixed, mostly 4¢ lower to 2¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 12¢ to 15¢ higher. 

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $138, $2-$4 lower in Nebraska at $140-$142 and $2-$3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $142. Dressed prices are $4 lower in Nebraska at $226.

Last week, live prices were $140-$144 in Colorado. Dressed prices were $227-$230 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.23 higher Thursday afternoon at $261.70/cwt. Select was 4¢ lower at $246.06.

Net U.S. beef export sales of 23,300 metric tons for the week ending May 12 were 18% less than the previous week but 35% more than the previous four-week average, according to the U.S. Export Sales report. Increases were primarily for Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Canada.

May 19th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast-May 19, 2022

Cattle futures trended lower pressured by bearish outside markets. Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 69¢ lower. Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.46 lower.

Grain futures were also pressured by pessimistic outside markets.  Corn futures closed mostly 10¢ to 20¢ lower. Soybean futures closed 14¢ to 26¢ lower. 

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in Nebraska at $140/cwt., which was $2 less than earlier in the week. Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand through Wednesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend.

So far this week, live prices are $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $138, $2-$4 lower in Nebraska at $140-$142 and $2-$3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $142. Dressed prices are $4 lower in Nebraska at $226.

Last week, live prices were $140-$144 in Colorado. Dressed prices were $227-$230 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value (p.m.): 1¢ lower at $260.47/cwt. Select was $2.17 lower at $246.02.

May 18th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 18, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade and demand were light to moderate in the Southern Plains through Tuesday afternoon with live prices $2 lower at $138/cwt.

In Nebraska, there were a few dressed sales at $226-$227 on slow trade and light demand, but too few to trend. Last week live prices were $144 and dressed prices were $230.

Elsewhere, trade was mostly inactive on light demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices in the western Corn Belt Monday were $2-$3 lower at $142. Dressed prices last week were $227-$230. Live prices in Colorado last week were $140-$144.

Softer cash prices pressured Feeder Cattle an average of 75¢ lower despite the tiny respite in Corn futures.

Grain and Soybean futures closed mostly higher, though with KC Wheat up another 15¢ to 20¢. 

Corn futures closed mixed, mainly 4¢ lower to 2¢ higher, starting with new-crop contracts.

Soybean futures closed mostly 17¢ to 20¢ higher. 

Recently higher wholesale beef prices helped cap losses in Live Cattle futures, which closed an average of 44¢ lower, except for 27¢ higher in away Aug.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 17¢ higher Tuesday afternoon at $260.48/cwt. Select was $2.52 higher at $248.19.

May 17th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 17, 2022

India’s weekend announcement that it would ban wheat exports shoved nearby KC Wheat limit up 70¢ Monday, leading other grains higher.

Corn futures closed 16¢ to 28¢ higher through new-crop contracts and then mostly 7¢ to 9¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 13¢ higher through Aug ‘23 and then mostly 1¢ to 4¢ higher.

Surging feed costs pressured Feeder Cattle futures an average of 66¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 69¢ higher, buoyed by oversold conditions, the cash premium and recently higher wholesale beef prices.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.36 higher Monday afternoon at $260.31/cwt. Select was $1.77 higher at $245.67.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the western Corn Belt through Monday afternoon with prices steady to $3 lower than last week at $142/cwt. Dressed prices there last week were $227-$230.

Elsewhere, trade was at a standstill, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Last week, live prices were $140 in the Southern Plains, $140-$144 in Colorado and $144 in Nebraska where dressed prices were $227-$230.

May 16th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 16, 2022

Grain futures were mixed Friday, continuing to adjust to the previous day’s bullish World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Corn futures closed mostly 4¢ to 10¢ lower. Soybean futures closed 12¢ to 32¢ higher through Sep ‘23 and then fractionally higher to 1¢ higher, except for 63¢ higher in spot May. 

Softer Corn prices helped Feeder Cattle futures regain a little lost ground Friday, closing an average of 84¢ higher (20¢ to $1.50 higher), except for 40¢ lower in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 39¢ lower, except for 42¢ higher in spot Jun, challenged by sluggish wholesale beef prices.

However, Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.75 higher Friday afternoon at $258.95/cwt. Select was 46¢ lower at $243.90. Week to week, Choice boxed beef cutout value was $4.51 higher but Select was $1.16 lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive with very light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $140/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $144 in Nebraska and $144-$145 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227-$230.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week was the same as the prior week at 657,000 head. Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter of 12.3 million head was 71,000 head more than the previous year. Total estimated year-to-date beef production of 10.28 billion lbs. was 91.1 million lbs. more than the same time last year.

May 15th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 13, 2022

Grain futures marched higher Thursday, buoyed by the latest monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, led by Kansas City Wheat, which closed 63¢ to 69¢ higher in the front five contracts.

Corn futures closed mostly 8¢ to 16¢ higher, while Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 10¢ higher through Aug ‘23 and then mostly unchanged to 4¢ lower.  

Cattle futures stepped lower beneath the weight of the outlook for continued higher feed prices.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.88 lower ($1.27 to $3.50 lower). Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.30 lower (50¢ lower at the back to $2.07 lower toward the front).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $2 lower in Nebraska at $144 and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $144-$145. Dressed prices are $2 lower in Nebraska at $232 and $2-$3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $227-$230. Live prices in Colorado last week were at $142-$148.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.12 higher Thursday afternoon at $257.20/cwt. Select was $2.18 higher at $244.36.

May 12th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 12, 2022

Cattle futures were mixed Wednesday, with Feeder Cattle pressured by a surge in Corn futures prices, while Live Cattle was supported by the discount to cash.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.19 lower (35¢ lower at the back to $1.85 lower toward the front).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 47¢ higher (10¢ to $1.17 higher), except for an average of 6¢ lower in three contracts.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on moderate demand in the Texas Panhandle, Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt. and $2 lower in Nebraska at $144. Dressed prices in Nebraska are $2 lower at $230.

Live prices last week were $142-$148 in Colorado and $144-$147 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed prices were $230-$232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 16¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $255.08/cwt. Select was 17¢ lower at $242.18.

Corn and Soybean futures rose on South American wonderments and likely positioning ahead of Thursday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Corn futures closed mostly 15¢ to 17¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 4¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 20¢ higher through Aug ‘23 and then mostly 2¢ higher.  

May 11th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 11, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was light to moderate on moderate demand in the Southern Plains through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Prices were steady to $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $139-$140/cwt. And steady in Kansas at $140.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill. Live prices last week were $146 in Nebraska, $142-$148 in Colorado and $144-$147 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $230-$232.

Cattle futures lost more ground Tuesday, as cash fed cattle prices ran out of steam in the South and Corn futures rose.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.83 lower (87¢ lower to $2.37 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 93¢ lower (25¢ to $1.27 lower), except for 7¢ higher in the back contract.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.05 lower Tuesday afternoon at $255.24/cwt. Select was 78¢ lower at $242.35.

Corn and Soybean futures were supported by the sluggish planting pace.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 8¢ higher. Soybean futures closed 5¢ to 10¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then fractionally higher to 4¢ higher. 

May 10th, 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.

May 9th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 9, 2022

Corn futures closed mostly 11¢ to 18¢ lower on Friday, which helped lift Feeder Cattle futures an average of 77¢ higher (32¢ higher toward the front to $1.37 higher at the back), except for 77¢ lower in spot May. Soybean futures closed 20¢ to 25¢ lower. 

On the other hand, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 50¢ lower (25¢ lower toward the back to $1.02 lower in spot Jun), except for 35¢ higher in the back contract. They sagged with lower wholesale beef prices and waning cash momentum.

Week to week on Friday, Choice boxed beef cutout value was $6.34 lower at $254.44/cwt. Select was $2.91 lower at $245.06. That’s $13.47 lower for Choice over the last two weeks and $9.71 lower for Select.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 657,000 head was 8,000 head more than the previous week and 18,000 more than the same week last year. Estimated total year-to-date cattle slaughter of 11.66 million head was 61,000 head more (+0.5%) than the same time last year. Estimated total year-to-date beef production of 9.74 billion lbs. was 81.6 million lbs. more (+0.8%) year over year.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service, with too few transactions to trend.

Last week, live prices were steady at $140/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle and at $146 in Nebraska. Prices were steady to $2 lower in Kansas at $138-$140, $2 lower to $1 higher in Colorado at $142-$146 and $1 higher to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $146. Dressed prices were steady in Nebraska at $232 and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $230-$232.

May 8th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 6, 2022

Cattle futures sagged Thursday with higher Corn futures and lower wholesale beef values helping stall recent momentum. Sharply lower outside markets also clouded optimism.

Feeder Cattle an average of $1.14 lower, from 47¢ lower at the back to $1.92 lower in spot May.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 73¢ lower, from 12¢ lower to $1.12 lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, like prices are steady at $140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and at $146 in Nebraska. Prices are $2 lower to $1 higher in Colorado at $142-$146 and $1 higher to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $146. Dressed prices are steady in Nebraska at $232 and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $230-$232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $4.56 lower Thursday afternoon at $255.18/cwt. Select was $1.87 lower at $245.81.

Net U.S. beef export sales for the week ending April 28 were 14,600 metric tons, according to the weekly U.S. export sales report. That was 28% more than the previous week and 1% more than the prior four-week average. Increases were primarily for Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Canada.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 3¢ higher. Soybean futures closed mostly 4¢ to 5¢ higher. 

May 5th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 5, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade and demand were moderate in the Texas Panhandle through Wednesday afternoon with prices steady at $140/cwt. Trade in Nebraska was moderate on moderate to good demand, also at steady prices of $146 on a live basis and $232 in the beef.

Elsewhere, trade was slow on light to moderate demand, with too few transactions to trend. However, there were some early live sales at $140 in Kansas and at $145-$146 in the North.

Last week, live prices were $140 in Kansas, $146-$147 in Colorado and $145-$147 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed prices were $232.

The weighted average five-area direct fed steer price in April was $141.66/cwt., which was $20.78 higher than a year earlier (+17%). The average steer price in the beef was $36.55 higher (+16%) at $228.86.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 19¢ higher Wednesday afternoon at $259.74/cwt. Select was 34¢ higher at $247.68.

Cattle futures held their ground in the face of firmer Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 26¢ lower to an average of 13¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 42¢ higher except for an average of 28¢ lower in three contracts, amid light trade.

Corn futures closed mainly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher. Soybean futures closed 6¢ 10¢ higher. 

May 4th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 4, 2022

Follow-through support lifted Cattle futures for a second consecutive day, helped along by another down day for Corn.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.13 higher, (5¢ higher toward the back to $2.20 higher toward the front), except for unchanged in the back two contracts.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 61¢ higher, from 12¢ higher at the front to $1.00 higher at the back.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to at a standstill through Tuesday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt, $2 higher ion Colorado at $145-$147, steady to $2 higher in Nebraska at $146 and steady to $1 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$147. Dressed prices were $2 higher at $232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.00 lower Tuesday afternoon at $259.55/cwt. Select was 89¢ lower at $247.34.

As mentioned, Corn and Soybean futures continued to soften Tuesday despite slow planting progress.

Corn futures closed mostly 6¢ to 7¢ lower, while Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 15¢ lower through Mar ‘23 and then mostly 2¢ to 4¢ lower.

May 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 3, 2022

Cattle futures rallied Monday, helped along by lower Corn futures, oversold conditions, expanding open interest and opening the books on a new month.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $5.04 higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.67 higher (97¢ higher toward the back to $2.55 higher in new spot Jun).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt, $2 higher in Colorado at $145-$147, steady to $2 higher in Nebraska at $146 and steady to $1 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$147. Dressed prices were $2 higher at $232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.77 higher Monday afternoon at $262.55/cwt. Select was 26¢ higher at $248.23.

May 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—May 2, 2022

Cattle futures bounced around last week, but never outran the shadow of the unexpectedly large March feedlot placements suggested by the latest Cattle on Feed report that came out the previous Friday.

Sagging wholesale beef values and worries that elevated retail beef prices are beginning to chip at demand added pressure to Live Cattle futures, which closed an average of $2.90 lower week to week on Friday. They closed an average of 84¢ lower on Friday, except for $3.40 higher in expiring Apr.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $7.13 lower week to week on Friday at $260.78/cwt. Select was $6.80 lower at $247.97.

However, negotiated cash fed cattle prices were steady to higher amid snugger supplies before the anticipated summer bulge.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to limited with light demand, with too few transactions too trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt.; steady to $1 higher in the Northern Plains at $144-$146 and in the Western Corn Belt at $145-$147. Dressed prices were $2 higher at $232.

Through Thursday, the weighted average direct fed steer price was 31¢ higher on a live basis at $143.31/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was 42¢ higher at $232.32.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 656,000 head was 9,000 head fewer than the previous week but 3,000 head more than the same week last year. Year-to-date total estimated cattle slaughter of 11.01 million head is 51,000 head more than the same time last year. Total estimated year-to-date beef production through last week was 9.20 billion lbs., which was 706,000 lbs. more (+0.77 %) than a year earlier.

Feeder cattle futures closed an average of $1.87 lower on Friday and an average of $7.73 lower week to week, as Corn futures gained an average of 25.6¢ in the front six contracts during the same time.

May 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 29, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures firmed Thursday, closing an average of 87¢ higher, except for 27¢ lower in expiring Apr. They were helped along by the mainly narrowly mixed close in Corn futures. 

The overall continued decline in wholesale beef prices and weaker weekly exports helped pressure Live Cattle Live futures an average of 47¢ lower, except for unchanged in almost-spent spot Apr.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 69¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $262.60/cwt. Select was $1.26 lower at $251.06.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to mostly inactive, with too few transactions too trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt.; steady to $1 higher in the Northern Plains at $144-$146 and in the Western Corn Belt at $145-$147. Dressed prices are $2 higher at $232.

April 28th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 28, 2022

Another day of higher Corn futures weighed heavily on Feeder Cattle futures, Wednesday, which closed an average of $3.35 lower ($2.57 to $4.20 lower), except for unchanged in expiring Apr

After 12¢ and 10¢ higher in the front two contracts, Corn futures closed mostly fractionally higher to 6¢ higher, pushed along by Soybean futures, which closed 20¢ to 22¢ higher through Jan ‘23.  

Technical pressure and looming large supplies pressured Live Cattle futures an average of $1.03 lower, replacing early-week bullishness tied to stronger weekly cash prices.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade on Wednesday ranged from a standstill to light on slow to moderate demand, with too few transactions too trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt.; steady to $1 higher in the Northern Plains at $144-$146 and in the Western Corn Belt at $145-$147. Dressed prices are $2 higher at $232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.26 lower Wednesday afternoon at $261.91/cwt. Select was $3.91 lower at $252.32.

April 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 27, 2022

Steady to stronger negotiated cash fed cattle prices helped Live Cattle futures closed an average of 65¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate through Tuesday afternoon  in Nebraska and the Southern Plains, according to the Agricultural marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt. and steady to $1 higher in Nebraska at $145-$146. Dressed prices are unevenly steady at $232 in Nebraska.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.18 lower, pressured by Corn futures, which were up mostly 3¢ to 9¢, supported by slow planting progress. Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ to 11¢ higher.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.43 lower Tuesday afternoon at $264.17/cwt. Select was 29¢ lower at $256.23.

April 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 26, 2022

Friday’s bearish Cattle on Feed report took Cattle futures down a peg on Monday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.78 lower ($1.25 to $2.57 lower), and Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.83 lower (72¢ lower toward the back to $3.35 lower in spot Apr).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade opened the week at steady money of $140/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle on moderate trade and light demand. Elsewhere, trade was mostly inactive on light demand with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $4 higher in Nebraska at $144-$146, $3-$4. higher in Colorado at $144-$145  and $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$146. Dressed prices were $4 higher at $230.

The weighted average five-area direct steer price last week was $2.00 higher on a live basis at $143.02/cwt. The average dressed steer price was $6.40 higher at $232.29.

Corn futures closed mostly 7¢ to 14¢ higher, but Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 12¢ lower through Jan ‘23 and then mostly 3¢ to 9¢ lower.

Wholesale beef prices were mixed with Choice Boxed beef cutout value $1.31 lower Monday afternoon at $266.60/cwt. , while Select was $1.75 higher at $256.52.

April 25th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 25, 2022

Heading into the new week, the primary focus is likely reaction to Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report for feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity.

On the surface, it confirms the severity and duration of the current drought, with March placements about 8% more than expected, following surging placements the previous month. Beneath the surface, though, there likely will be some head scratching about how they square with USDA numbers at the beginning of the year suggesting the feeder supply outside of feedlots was 676,000 head fewer (-2.6%) than last year.

March placements of 1.99 million head were 8,000 less year over year — fractionally less — which was about 8% more than expectations ahead of the report.

In terms of placement weights, 35% went on feed weighing 699 lbs. or less, 53% weighing 700-899 lbs. and 12% weighing 900 lbs. or more.

Marketings in March of 2.0 million head were 41,000 head fewer (-2.0%) than the previous year, about even with pre-report expectations.

Cattle on feed April 1 of 12.11 million head were 208,000 head more (+1.7%) than the previous year. That’s the most for the date since the data series began in 1996 and slightly more than expectations ahead of the report.

April 24th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 22, 2022

A hard break in Corn futures and likely positioning ahead of Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report gave Feeder Cattle futures more room to run, up an average of $2.32.

Corn futures closed mostly 9¢ to 16¢ lower on leaner weekly export sales and ethanol production, as well as likely profit taking.

Soybean futures closed 1¢ to 5¢ higher, helped along by vegetable oil prices.

Feeder Cattle support also came from stronger cash fed cattle prices this week that helped Live Cattle futures close an average of $1.05 higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to limited on light demand through Thursday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, negotiated cash fed cattle prices are $1 higher on a live basis in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $4 higher in Nebraska at $144-$146 and $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$146. Dressed prices are $4 higher at $230.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.35 higher Thursday afternoon at $270.17/cwt. Select was 85¢ lower at $255.68.

Carcass weights continue higher year over year. For the week ending April 9, the average dressed steer weight was 12 lbs. heavier at 912 lbs., according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. The average dressed heifer weight was 11 lbs. heavier at 840 lbs. The same week, 78,681 beef cows were slaughtered, which was 20.8% more year over year.

Net U.S. beef export sales of 15,000 metric tons (mt) were 13% less than the previous week and 27% less than the prior four-week average, according to the U.S. Weekly Export Sales for the week ending April 14. Increases were primarily for Japan, South Korea, China, Canada, and Taiwan.

April 21st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 21, 2022

Another day of stronger cash trade added lift to Cattle futures an average of $1.60 higher.

So far this week, negotiated cash fed cattle prices are $1 higher on a live basis in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $4 higher in Nebraska at $144-$146 and $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $145-$146. Dressed prices are $4 higher at $230.

Through Wednesday afternoon, trade was slow on light demand in Nebraska at $146 and in the western Corn Belt at $145, but too few to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.11 lower Wednesday afternoon at $268.82/cwt. Select was $2.68 lower at $256.53.

Mainly firm Corn futures continued to add support to Feeder Cattle, which closed an average of $1.47 higher.

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher, except for 11¢ and 10¢ higher in the front two contracts.

Soybean futures closed 12¢ to 30¢ higher in the front four contracts and then mostly 7¢ to 9¢ higher.

April 20th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 20, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade jumped out to an early and positive start Tuesday with prices $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt. on moderate trade and demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from a standstill to mostly inactive on very light demand with too few transactions to trend.

Last week, live prices were at $140-$142 in the Northern Plains and at $142-$143 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $225-$227 in Nebraska and $226 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.15 lower Tuesday afternoon at $269.93/cwt. Select was 25¢ lower at $259.21.

Stronger cash fed cattle prices helped Live Cattle futures close an average of 49¢ higher, except for 15¢ lower in the back two contracts.

Softer front-month Corn futures helped give Feeder Cattle a reprieve, closing an average of 69¢ higher, except for 2¢ land 5¢ lower in two contracts.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 9¢ lower through new-crop contracts and then 1¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mixed; fractionally lower to 1¢ higher through Nov ’22 and then mostly 7¢ to 9¢ higher.

April 19th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 19, 2022

Cattle futures closed lower Monday as Corn futures continued to rally 12¢ to 23¢ higher through old-crop and new-crop contracts, perhaps also buoyed by the slow planting pace.

According to the latest USDA Crop progress report, 4% of the corn is in the ground compared to 7% last year and the five-year average of 6%.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.36 lower, while Live Cattle futures closed an average of 69¢ lower, except for 2¢ higher in the back contract.

For much of last week, Cattle futures got a boost from stronger negotiated cash fed cattle prices that were $1-$4 higher on a live basis, depending on the region at $139-$143/cwt. Dressed prices were $3-$5 higher at $225-$227.

On Monday, negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on light demand to a standstill, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

The five-area direct weighted average steer price last week was $141.02/cwt., which was $2.20 more than the previous week. The average steer price in the beef was $3.46 higher at $225.89.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.54 lower Monday afternoon at $271.08/cwt. Select was 56¢ higher at $259.46.

April 18th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 18, 2022

Futures and equity markets were closed Friday, in observance of Good Friday. Through Thursday, from the previous Friday, Cattle futures were able to claw back some losses, supported by stronger cash sales and the continued seasonal increase in Choice wholesale beef value.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $139/cwt., $2 higher in Nebraska at $140-$142, $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $143 and $2-$4 higher in Colorado at $140-$142. Dressed prices were $4 higher at $226.

“It is not surprising that finished cattle prices increased this week as the April market tends to be strong and the highlight of the spring,” says Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee (UT). “However, pessimism has started to set in due to the failure of the market to break out of its narrow trading range. As was said last week, it will still be difficult for finished cattle prices to exceed the high price experienced in February, but there is more of a chance now than last week. The hope is that prices push higher and even challenge the $145 price mark, which would be $2 higher than the $143 price in February.”

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 634,000 head was 37,000 head fewer than the previous week and 7,000 head fewer than the same week last year. Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter of 9.69 million head was 50,000 more than last year. Year-to-date estimated beef production of 8.1 billion lbs. was 61.8 million lbs. more than in 2021.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.15 higher week to week on Friday at $272.62/cwt. Select was $1.43 lower at $258.90.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.97 higher from the previous Friday through Thursday ($1.42 higher at the back to $2.85 higher at the front).

April 16th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 15, 2022

Cattle futures edged lower Thursday, amid light trade and likely positioning ahead of the holiday weekend — the CME is closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ lower, except for 5¢ higher in the spot month and unchanged in Dec.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 26¢ lower.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 6¢ higher in the front three contracts and then fractionally lower to 3¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mixed, mostly 4¢ lower to 1¢ higher, except for 6¢ higher and fractionally higher in the front two contracts.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $139/cwt., $2 higher in Nebraska at $140-$142, $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $143 (a few up too $145) and $2-$4 higher in Colorado at $140-$142.

Dressed prices are $4 higher at $226; a few up to $231.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 50¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $271.86/cwt. Select was 34¢ lower at $259.71.

April 14th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 14, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices continued to gain ground Wednesday on slow trade and moderate demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $139/cwt., $2 higher in Nebraska at $140-$142, $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $143 (a few up to $145) and $2-$4 higher in Colorado at $140-$142.

Dressed prices are $4 higher at $226; a few up to $231.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.11 lower Wednesday afternoon at $272.36/cwt. Select was $1.34 lower at $259.37.

Cash market strength helped Cattle futures once again.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 53¢ higher (35¢ to $1.00 higher).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 57¢ higher (30¢ to $1.02 higher).

That was despite Corn futures closing mostly 4¢ to 7¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 4¢ to 5¢ higher in the front three contracts and then 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

April 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 13, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices gained $1 in Kansas at $139/cwt. on active trade and good demand through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few to trend there were also some early trades $2 higher in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt at $142.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.36 higher Tuesday afternoon at $273.47/cwt. Select was 42¢ higher at $260.71.

Stronger cash trade helped boost Cattle futures.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 75¢ higher (62¢ to $1.50 higher), also supported by increasing open interest the past couple of days.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 55¢ higher (22¢ to $1.10 higher) except for 15¢ lower and unchanged in the back two contracts.

That was despite another day of higher Corn futures.

As if they needed more help, Corn futures climbed 11¢ to 14¢ higher through Jly ‘23, boosted by President Biden’s announcement that the higher-blend 15% ethanol gas (E15) could be sold through the summer in an effort to curb rising fuel costs. Previously, E15 sales were prohibited during the summer months.

Soybean futures closed 14¢ to 22¢ higher.

April 12th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 12, 2022

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 66¢ higher Monday, receiving support from the major, performance-depressing winter storm moving toward the Northern Plains, and thoughts by some that cash cattle can crawl higher this week.

In the meantime, negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado, at $138-$140/cwt. in Nebraska and at $140 in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices were $222.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.64 higher Monday afternoon at $272.11/cwt. Select was 4¢ lower at $260.29.

Strength in the Live pit helps drag Feeder Cattle futures an average of 34¢ higher, except for 25¢ lower in Aug.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher Monday, except for 4¢ and 2¢ lower in the front two contracts.

Incidentally, 32% of the winter wheat crop was rated as Good (29%) or Excellent (3%) in USDA’s Crop Progress report for the week ending April 10. That was 21% less than the same time last year. 36% was rated Poor (18%) or Very Poor (18%) compared to 17% the previous year.

April 11th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 11, 2022

Corn and soybean futures climbed again Friday with confirmation of ending stock expectations in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (see below).

Corn futures closed mostly 5¢ to 11¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 35¢ to 43¢ higher in the front three contracts and then 18¢ to 29¢ higher.

Cattle futures traded in a narrow range, capped by grain market strength and signs of weakening beef prices.

Feeder Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Friday, from an average of 34¢ lower to an average of 9¢ higher. Week to week on Friday, they closed an average of $2.97 lower ($1.25 to $6.75 lower), with most of the pressure in nearby contracts.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 16¢ lower to an average of 24¢ higher. Week to week on Friday, they closed an average of 83¢ lower, except for an average of 50 higher in three contracts.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on light demand to a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were steady to $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137-$138/cwt., steady in Nebraska at $138-$140 and generally $1-$3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices were steady at $222.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 676,000 head was 37,000 head more than the previous week and 3,000 head fewer than the same week last year. Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter of 9.1 million head is 61,000 more than the same time last year. Estimated total year-to-date beef production of 7.6 billion lbs. is 72.9 million lbs. more than the same time last year.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 93¢ lower Friday afternoon at $270.47/cwt. Select was 89¢ lower at $260.33.

April 10th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 8, 2022

Oversold conditions helped Cattle futures claw back a little more of recent losses.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.57 higher, except for an average of 59¢ lower in the front two contracts.

That was with Corn futures gaining on likely positioning ahead of tomorrow’s month World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 9¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 22¢ to 26¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 62¢ higher, except for 12¢ lower in nearby Jun.

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

So far this week, live prices are steady to $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $137-$138/cwt., steady in Nebraska at $138-$140. Prices are $140 in the western Corn Belt, compared to the previous week’s $139-$143. There were also some live sales reported in Colorado for the first time in a long while at $138. Dressed prices so far this week are steady at $222.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 36¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $271.40/cwt. Select was 17¢ higher at $261.22.

April 7th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 7, 2022

Slightly lower nearby Corn futures prices helped Feeder Cattle futures recover some lost ground Wednesday, closing an average of 86¢ higher, except for 55¢ lower in the back contract.

Corn futures closed unchanged to 3¢ lower through July ’23 and then fractionally higher to 2¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 6¢ to 12¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 57¢ higher (17¢ to $1.05 higher), supported by recently blooming wholesale beef prices.

However, Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 49¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $271.04/cwt. Select was $1.85 lower at $261.05.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on light demand to limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, prices are generally steady on a live basis at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado, $138-$140 in Nebraska and $140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices are steady at $222.

April 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 6, 2022

Soybean and corn futures gained Tuesday with stronger demand and bearish weather conditions in South America. Corn futures closed 3¢ to 9¢ higher. Soybean futures were up 7¢ to 28¢.

That weighed on Cattle futures once again, with Feeder Cattle an average of $2.26 lower and Live Cattle down an average of $1.21. So far today, they’re gaining some of that back.

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices continued mainly steady Tuesday with live prices at $138-$140/cwt. in Nebraska and dressed prices at $222, on moderate trade and demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $138 and $140 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.49 higher Tuesday afternoon at $271.53/cwt. Select was $1.20 higher at $262.90.

April 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 5, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures were pressured sharply lower by rising feed costs once again Monday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.29 lower ($1.50 lower toward the back to $3.65 lower toward the front).

Corn futures closed mostly 7¢ to 15¢ higher

Soybean futures closed mostly 22¢ to 31¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures, closed an average of 55¢ lower, except for 17¢ higher in away Apr.

Negotiated cash fed cattle ranged from limited on light demand to slow on light demand through Monday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices were at $138/cwt. In the Southern Plains, $138-$140 in Nebraska and $139-$143 in the western Corn Belt at $139-$143. Dressed prices were $222.

The five-area direct average steer price was 37¢ higher at $139.32/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was 15¢ higher at $222.61.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 90¢ higher Monday afternoon at $268.04/cwt. Select was 82¢ lower at $261.70.

April 5th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 4, 2022

Grain markets Friday continued to adjust to the previous day’s Prospective Plantings report.

Soybean futures closed 5¢ to 35¢ lower across the board on more planted acres than expected.

New-crop Corn futures mostly gained again Friday, mostly 4¢ to 7¢ higher on fewer anticipated acres.

Rising feed costs once again helped pressure Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.61 lower, except for 18¢ higher in spot April.

Cash calves and feeder cattle sold mixed last week, based on weekly auctions monitored by Cattle Current — mainly higher early, driven by demand for grass-suited cattle and then with more pressure later in the week with another bounce higher in Corn and full-to-the-brim feedlots.

“Feedlots will have plenty of cattle to market for another few months, but tighter placements are ahead and feedlot production will decline in the second half of the year, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments. “If drought conditions persist, feedlots may perhaps continue to borrow against the future with early-weaned calves available through the spring and summer before facing the full reality of tighter feeder cattle supplies. On the other hand, if drought conditions abate, higher cattle prices might result in increased heifer retention by the end of the year, thereby squeezing feeder supplies even more and more quickly.”

April 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—April 1, 2022

Corn futures closed sharply higher and Soybean futures closed sharply lower Thursday, all fueled by the Prospective Plantings and quarterly Grain Stock reports from USDA.

Corn futures closed 20¢ to 27¢ higher in new-crop contracts.

Soybean futures closed 36¢ to 49¢ lower through Sep ‘23 and then 23¢ to 27¢ lower.

The sharp bounce higher in Corn futures helped push Feeder Cattle futures an average of $2.25 lower, except for 7¢ lower in expiring Mar.

Sharply lower outside markets helped pressure Live Cattle an average of 49¢ lower, except for unchanged in away Apr.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow to moderate on good demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices were steady to $2 higher than last week in Nebraska at $138-$140/cwt. Dressed prices were $1 higher at $222.

In the western Corn Belt, live prices were $1-$2 higher at $140-$143. Dressed prices there last week were $221-$225.

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $138.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.35 higher Thursday afternoon at $268.39/cwt. Select was $4.88 higher at $262.34.

March 31st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 30, 2022

Continuing optimism about a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine helped drag grain futures sharply lower again Tuesday.

Corn futures closed 7¢ to 22¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then 2¢ to 7¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 12¢ to 23¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 6¢ to 10¢ lower.

The continued break in grains helped boost Cattle futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.62 higher (60¢ to $4.32 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 86¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive with very light demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $138-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $221 in Nebraska and $221-$225 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 63¢ higher Tuesday afternoon at $264.50/cwt. Select was $1.48 lower at $254.84.

March 29th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 29, 2022

All things considered, Monday’s action in Cattle futures might be considered a victory of sorts, given the bearish placements in the latest Cattle on Feed report, although it tightens cattle supplies further down the line.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 29¢ lower amid light trade.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 44¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $138-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $221 in Nebraska and $221-$225 in the western Corn Belt.

The five-area direct average steer price was 15¢ lower at $138.95/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was 22¢ lower at $221.46.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.23 higher Monday afternoon at $263.87/cwt. Select was $4.18 higher at $256.32.

Grain futures softened Monday, led by wheat and soybeans, apparently with more optimism regarding a resolution to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Soybean futures closed 16¢ to 46¢ lower.

Corn futures closed 2¢ to 5¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then 3¢ lower to 3¢ higher.

March 28th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 28, 2022

Total cattle slaughter for this year surpassed the previous year’s year-to-date total last week.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 659,000 head was 15,000 more than the previous week and 10,000 head more than the same time last year. Estimated total year-to-date cattle slaughter of 7.76 million head was 2,000 head more year over year.

Estimated year-to-date beef production of 6.51 billion lbs. was 20.9 million lbs. more (+0.3%) than the same time last year.

Those numbers speak to apparently mostly recovered packing capacity and the massive numbers of cattle on feed. Judging by the latest Cattle on Feed report (see below), increased production will continue in the near term.

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

Live prices last week were steady in the Southern Plains and Nebraska at $138/cwt. and steady to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $139-$142. Dressed prices were steady in Nebraska at $221 and steady to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $221.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 88¢ lower Friday (35¢ to $1.17 lower), pressured by grain futures and perhaps some prescient trepidation about the Cattle on Feed report (see below).

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 3¢ higher, while Soybean futures closed mostly 3¢ to 7¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 45¢ higher in the front four contracts and then an average of 12¢ lower, except for 12¢ higher in away Apr.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 23¢ higher Friday afternoon at $262.64/cwt. Select was 45¢ lower at $252.14. Week to week, Choice was $4.48 higher and Select was $1.49 higher. 

March 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 25, 2022

Cattle futures gained a little ground Thursday with softer Corn futures. Positioning ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report could have also played a role.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 57¢ higher except for unchanged in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 32¢ higher.

Grain futures backed up a pace, pressured in part by bearish weekly U.S. export sales and perhaps some skittishness over next week’s Planting Intentions report.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 9¢ lower through Jly ’23 and then mostly 1¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 13¢ to 18¢ lower through Jan ’23 and then unchanged to 10¢ lower.

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

So far this week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains and Nebraska at $138/cwt. and steady to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $139-$142. Dressed prices are steady in Nebraska at $221 and steady to $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $221.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 81¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $262.41/cwt. Select was 65¢ lower at $252.59.

Net U.S. beef export sales of 27,500 MT (2022) for the week ending March 17 were a marketing-year high, according to the U.S. Export Sales report. Sales were 40% more than the previous week and 29% more than the prior four-week average.

Increases were primarily for South Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

March 24th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 24, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices were steady Wednesday at $138/cwt. on a live basis in the Southern Plains (slow trade and light demand) and Nebraska (moderate trade and good demand), according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Dressed prices were also steady in Nebraska at $221.

Trade was limited on light demand in the western Corn Belt with a few dressed sales at $221, but too few to trend. Last week, prices were $140-$142 on a live basis and $222 in the beef.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.63 higher Wednesday afternoon at $261.60/cwt. Select was $1.35 higher at $253.24.

Cattle futures mainly batted on either side of steady, pressured by rising feed costs, steady cash and lower outside markets, but supported by strengthening wholesale beef prices.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 40¢ higher (2¢ to $1.20 higher) except for unchanged to 22¢ lower in three contracts.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 25¢ higher except for unchanged in spot Apr and 7¢ lower toward the back.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 227¢ higher through Nov ’22 and then mostly 5¢ to 6¢ higher.

March 23rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 23, 2022

Grain and Soybean futures extended the previous session’s gains Tuesday with Corn futures closing mostly 2¢ to 6¢ higher and Soybean futures closing 5¢ to 7¢ higher.

Stronger Grain futures continued to cap Cattle futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 40¢ lower, except for 22¢ higher in spot Mar.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 39¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on very demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $221 in Nebraska at $222 and in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.47 higher Tuesday afternoon at $259.97/cwt. Select was 61¢ lower at $251.89.

March 22nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 22, 2022

Grain and Soybean futures pressed higher Monday with support from higher crude oil prices and the lingering Russian war on Ukraine.

Corn futures closed 12¢ to 18¢ higher through Sep ‘23 and then mostly 6¢ to 8¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 20¢ to 24¢ higher.

Loftier grain futures helped pressure Feeder Cattle futures an average of $1.12 lower, while the upturn on wholesale beef prices helped Live Cattle to a mixed close, from 36¢ lower across the front half to an average of 28¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $221 in Nebraska at $222 and in the western Corn Belt.

The five-area direct average steer price last week was 80¢ higher at $139.10/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was $1.57 higher at $221.68.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 34¢ higher Monday afternoon at $258.50/cwt. Select was $1.85 higher at $252.50.

March 21st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 21, 2022

Softer feed futures prices, late-week firmness in cash trade and higher outside markets helped support Cattle futures Friday.

Corn futures closed 2¢ to 12¢ lower in old-crop contracts and then mostly 1¢ lower to 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed fractionally lower to 3¢ lower through Jan ’23 and then mostly 11¢ to 13¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.25 higher (45¢ higher in spot Mar to $1.57 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 66¢ higher, from 35¢ to $1.15 higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from slow on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand with too few transactions to trend in any region, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were steady in the Southern Plains and Nebraska at $138/cwt. They were steady to $2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices were $1 higher in Nebraska at $221 and steady to $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $222.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 644,000 head was the same as a week earlier but 15,000 head more than the same week last year. Total estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 7.1 million head is just 2,000 head fewer than the same time last year. Total estimated year-to-date beef production is 13.3 million lbs. more at 5.96 billion lbs.

The seasonal turn in wholesale beef prices was also supportive.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.11 higher Friday afternoon at $258.16/cwt. Select was 3¢ lower at $250.65.

March 19th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 18, 2022

Grain futures rebounded from the previous session’s hard break. Kansas City Wheat set the pace — up mainly 24¢ to 32¢ — as traders apparently grew less confident in the Russia ceasefire chatter. Soybeans also received support from stronger oil prices.

Corn futures closed 20¢ to 24¢ higher in old-crop contracts and then mostly 11¢ to 14¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 14¢ to 21¢ higher in old-crop contracts and then mostly 8¢ to 12¢ higher.

Higher grain futures weighed on Feeder Cattle futures, which closed an average of $1.13 lower.

Live Cattle futures edged an average of 13¢ higher, except for 7¢ lower in Feb.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade waddled from the blocks at steady money of $138/cwt. on a live basis in the Southern Plains and Nebraska through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. That was on moderate demand and light trade in the Southern Plains; slow trade and light demand in Nebraska.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend.

Live prices in the western Corn Belt last week were at $138-$140. Dressed prices there were $219-$222; $220 in Nebraska.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.03 lower Thursday afternoon at $257.05/cwt. Select was 41¢higher at $250.68.

March 17th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 17, 2022

Kansas City Wheat futures plummeted Wednesday (limit-down 85¢ in the front two contracts) on apparently more positive ceasefire talks between Ukraine and Russia. Corn and Soybean futures went along for the ride.

Corn futures closed mostly 14¢ to 28¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 6¢ to 9¢ lower.

That helped Feeder Cattle futures close an average of 37¢ higher (2¢ to 90¢ higher) except for 2¢ lower in May and 20¢ lower in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 69¢ lower (10¢ lower toward the back to $1.50 lower in spot Apr), except for unchanged in the back contract.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Country chatter suggested some early bids at steady money.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $138-$140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220 in Nebraska and $219-$222 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 18¢ higher Wednesday afternoon at $258.08/cwt. Select was $1.43 higher at $250.27.

March 16th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 16, 2022

Kansas City Wheat futures charged higher 47¢ to 53¢ in old-crop contracts. Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower, though, and Soybean futures closed 9¢ to 14¢ lower through Sep ‘23.

That helped Cattle futures hold on to most of the previous session’s strong gains.

Feeder Cattle futures closed mixed from an average of 33¢ lower to an average of 25¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed unchanged to an average of 47¢ higher, from (2¢ to $1.10 higher).

Wholesale beef prices continued to show signs of the seasonal bloom. Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.39 higher Tuesday afternoon at $257.90/cwt. Select was $1.10 lower at $248.84.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade remained stuck at the gate.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $138-$140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220 in Nebraska and $219-$222 in the western Corn Belt.

March 15th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcasts—March 15, 2022

Cattle futures rallied higher Monday, helped along by sharply lower nearby Corn futures prices, as well as the nascent seasonal increase in wholesale beef prices.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $3.08 higher from $2.07 higher at the back to $4.42 toward the front.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.65 higher, from $1.17 higher in the back contract to $3.02 higher in spot Apr.

Weakness in grain futures was apparently tied to a risk-off mentality across many commodities, including Crude Oil, as well as reports China is releasing some of its state-owned soybean stocks to combat domestic inflation.

Expiring spot Corn futures closed 36¢ lower, but mostly other contracts were mainly 1¢ to 3¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 7¢ to 8¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska and at $138-$140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220 in Nebraska and $219-$222 in the western Corn Belt.

The five-area direct average fed steer price was $2.30 less last week at $138.30/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was $4.50 less at $220.01.

Early chatter anticipated cash fed cattle prices trading steady to a touch higher this week.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 80¢ higher Monday afternoon at $255.51/cwt. Select was 83¢ higher at $249.94.

March 14th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 14, 2022

Cattle futures stepped higher Friday, helped along by higher wholesale beef prices, stronger Lean Hog futures and moderating feed futures.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 50¢ higher, from 10¢ higher in the back contract to $1.40 higher in spot Apr. Week to week, they closed an average of $1.17 higher (42¢ to $1.80 higher), recovering about half of the previous week’s losses.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains and Nebraska at $138/cwt. and $2-$4 lower in the western Corn Belt at $138-$140. Dressed prices were $4-$5 lower in Nebraska at $220; $3-$5 lower in the western Corn Belt at $219-$222.

“Cattle feeders should be experiencing strong profit margins with cattle coming off feed in today’s market, but the budget for placing cattle on feed is changing,” explains Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee, in his weekly market comments. “A month ago, cattle feeders were faced with strengthening feeder cattle prices and what now seems like relatively low feed prices. However, the sudden increase in feed grain prices has resulted in higher feed cost expectations, which has resulted in bidding lower prices for cattle to be placed in the near term.”

March 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 11, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures tumbled lower Thursday, pressured once again by surging Corn futures, tied to strong weekly U.S. export sales.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $3.17 lower.

Corn futures closed 15¢ to 22¢ higher through Jly ‘23, and then mostly 6¢ to 9¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 15¢ to 22¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $2 lower in the Southern Plains and Nebraska at $138/cwt. and $2-$4 lower in the western Corn Belt at $138-$140. Dressed prices are $4-$5 lower in Nebraska at $224-$225; $3-$5 lower in the western Corn Belt at the same money.

Lower cash prices pressured Live Cattle futures an average of 70¢ lower, from 2¢ lower in the back contract to $1.67 lower in spot Apr.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.24 higher Thursday afternoon at $253.94/cwt. Select was $2.58 higher at $247.37.

On another positive note, net U.S. beef export sales for the week ending March 3 of 27,500 metric tons were a marketing year high, up 16% from the previous week and 36% higher than the prior four-week average, according to USDA data. Increases were primarily for China, Japan, South Korea, Canada and Taiwan. 

March 10th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 10, 2022

Cattle futures ran out of steam Wednesday, although the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continue to paint a positive fundamental picture (see below).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 43¢ lower, except for 2¢ higher in spot Mar.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 90¢ lower, except for 5¢ higher in the back contract.

Cattle futures were helped by lower Grain and Soybean futures as traders apparently were satisfied with the level of risk premium.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade and demand were moderate in Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live trade was steady with the previous day and $2 lower than last week at $138/cwt. Dressed trade was $4-$5 lower at $220.

Trade was limited on light demand in Kansas with live prices at $138; steady with the previous day and $2 lower than last week.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive with very light demand and too few transactions to trend. Live prices in the Texas Panhandle so far this week are $2 lower at $138. Trade was unestablished in the western Corn Belt where live prices last week were $142 and dressed prices were $224-$225.

March 9th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 9, 2022

Volatility continued Tuesday, but Cattle futures managed to extend gains amid two-sided trading, supported by an initial drop in Corn futures and eventually higher outside markets.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average $1.07 higher (65¢ to $1.40 higher), except for 57¢ lower in spot Mar.

Live Cattle futures closed average 79¢ higher (17¢ higher at the back to $1.57 higher toward the front), except for unchanged in away Jun.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the Southern Plains through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were $2 lower in a light test at $138/cwt.

Trade was limited on light demand in Nebraska. Live price so far this week are $2 lower at $138. Dressed prices last week were $224-$225.

In the western Corn Belt, trade was mostly inactive on light demand. Live prices last week were $142 and dressed prices were $224-$225.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.27 lower Tuesday afternoon at $252.44/cwt. Select was $5.28 lower at $244.94.

Wheat futures tapped the brakes Tuesday, helping Corn to a narrowly mixed close.

Corn futures closed mixed, mostly 1¢ lower to 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 14¢ to 30¢ higher through Jan ‘23 and then mostly 1¢ lower to 2¢ higher.

March 8th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 8, 2022

Cattle futures reversed direction to the upside Monday, despite sharply lower outside markets and grain market strength tied to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Positioning and bottom-picking likely explain much of the move, while underscoring the unaltered, positive supply fundamentals.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average $1.86 higher ($1.12 to $2.55 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed average $1.44 higher (50¢ to $2.15 higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to mostly inactive on very light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were at $140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska; $142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $224-$225.

Wholesale beef prices added support with Choice Boxed beef cutout value 38¢ higher Monday afternoon at $254.71/cwt. and  Select $1.81 higher at $250.22.

Wheat futures continued to lead Corn futures mostly higher Monday. Kansas City Wheat futures were mostly 39¢ to 85¢ higher Monday, as rationing continues due to the war in Eastern Europe

Corn futures closed 9¢ to 18¢ higher, except for 3¢ and 7¢ lower in the front two contracts.

Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 14¢ lower.

March 7th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 7, 2022

Concerns about less corn and wheat exports from Ukraine and Russia, due to the war, continued to underpin futures prices Friday. As time wears on, there is also concern about fertilizer exports from the region.

Corn futures closed 5¢ to 8¢ higher, except for 10¢ to 29¢ higher from near Jly to next Mar.

Soybean futures closed mostly 7¢ to 8¢ lower.

Cattle futures sagged beneath the weight of escalating feed prices Friday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.47 lower (90¢ at the back to $3.27 lower toward the front).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.53 lower (80¢ to $2.62 lower).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was mostly inactive on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $2-$4 lower in Nebraska at $140 and $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $143. Dressed prices were $2-$3 lower at $224-$225.

The average five-area direct fed steer price was $2.64 lower week to week on Thursday at $140.76/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was $2.40 lower at $224.62.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 2¢ lower Friday afternoon at $254.33/cwt. Select was 62¢ higher at $248.41.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 658,000 was 11,000 head more than the previous week but 8,000 head fewer than the same week last year. Estimated year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 5.83 million head is just 17,000 head fewer than the same time last year.

March 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 4, 2022

After a day’s reprieve, wheat soared higher, boosting front-month Corn and Soybean futures. K.C. Wheat was 75¢ higher in the front four contracts.

Corn futures closed 9¢ to 22¢ higher in the front three contracts and then mostly 4¢ to 11¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 2¢ to 4¢ higher in the front two contracts and then mostly 8¢ to 11¢ lower.

Stouter feed prices took Cattle futures down another peg.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.68 lower, erasing much of the headway made in the previous session.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 72¢ lower (12¢ to $1.75 lower), except for 15¢ higher in the back contract.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand with too few transactions to trend in any region, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., $2-$4 lower in Nebraska at $140 and $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $142. Dressed prices are $2-$3 lower at $224-$225.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.37 lower Thursday afternoon at $254.35/cwt. Select was $3.55 lower at $247.79.

March 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 3, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures rebounded from some of the steep, recent losses Wednesday, helped along by static to lower Corn futures prices and sharply higher outside markets. Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.44 higher ($2.02 to $3.20 higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 71¢ higher, except for an average of 45¢ lower in the front three contracts. 

Corn futures closed mostly 8¢ to 16¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 20¢ to 30¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade started the week $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt. Trade was slow on light to moderate demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Trade was limited on light demand in Nebraska with a few live trades at $140, but too few to trend. Live prices last week were $142-$144 and dressed prices were $227.

Trade was also limited on light demand in the western Corn Belt. Prices last week were $144 on a live basis and $227 in the beef.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 96¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $255.72/cwt. Select was 18¢ lower at $251.34.

March 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 2, 2022

Grain and soybean futures continued to dominate market narrative Tuesday, blasting another leg higher, fueled by the Russian attack on Ukraine and the fallout from everything from export disruptions to financial turmoil.

Corn futures closed 30¢ to 42¢ higher in the front three contracts and the mostly 13¢ to 15¢ higher. Spot Mar was 80¢ higher over the last two sessions, closing Tuesday at a staggering $7.39’6

Soybean futures closed 41¢ to 61¢ higher in the front six contracts and then mostly 38¢ to 39¢ higher. The front two contracts are up more than $1.00 over the past two sessions.

Kansas City HRW futures closed 50¢ to 57¢ higher in the front five contracts; more than $1 higher in the front contracts over the last two sessions.

Those runaway feed futures prices hammered Cattle futures, especially Feeder Cattle once again. Feeder Cattle closed an average of $1.63 lower (65¢ to $2.55 lower) for an average of $4.14 lower over the last two sessions.

Live Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 54¢ lower in the front three contracts to an average of 19¢ higher.

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

Last week, live prices were $142/cwt. on a live basis in the Southern Plains, $142-$144 in Nebraska and $144 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $227 in Nebraska and $226-$227 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 83¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $256.68/cwt. Select was $1.89 lower at $251.52.

March 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—March 1, 2022

Grain and soybean futures ricocheted sharply higher Monday, driven once again by uncertainty stemming from the military assault in Eastern Europe.

Corn futures closed 24¢ to 38¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 16¢ to 19¢ higher.

Soybean futures 29¢ to 54¢ higher through Sep ‘22 and the mostly 19¢ to 20¢ higher.

The spike weighed on Cattle futures, especially Feeder Cattle.

Feeder Cattle futures closed average of $2.51 lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average 32¢ lower, except for $1.22 higher in spot Feb.

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

Last week live prices were generally steady in the Southern Plains at mostly $142/cwt., steady to $2 higher in Nebraska at $142-$144, and steady to $2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $144. Dressed prices were $1 higher in Nebraska at $227 and steady to $1 higher in the western Corn Belt at $226-$227.      

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 76¢ lower week to week on Monday afternoon at $257.51/cwt. Select was $2.00 lower at $253.41.

February 28th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 28, 2022

The volatile market whipsaw unleashed by Russia’s attack on Ukraine continued in futures and equities Friday.

Grain and soybean futures closed sharply lower, shoved around by massive open interest, a more positive South American weather outlook and USDA projecting more corn and wheat acres to be planted than expected. In its Grains and Oil Seeds Outlook presented at the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA forecast 92.0 million acres of corn and 88.0 million acres of soybeans.

Soybean futures closed 34¢ to 71¢ lower through Jan ‘23 and the mostly 19¢ to 29¢ lower.

Corn futures closed 24¢ to 35¢ lower through Jly ‘23 and then mostly 20¢ lower.

Softer Corn futures benefitted Feeder Cattle futures, which closed an average of 96¢ higher (65¢ to $1.15 higher) Friday. However, they closed an average of $3.74 lower week to week on Friday ($2.22 to $6.10 lower). 

Based on weekly auctions monitored by Cattle Current, calves and feeders sold widely mixed last week but with distinctly lower undertones related to pressure from grain prices as well as weather disruptions in some areas.

February 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 25, 2022

Cattle futures fell hard Thursday as outside markets initially plummeted in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although they did close off of session lows.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.91 lower, from $1.90 to $4.47 lower.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $2.05 lower, from $1.12 to $2.52 lower.

So far this week, though, negotiated cash fed cattle prices are firm to higher with live prices steady in the Southern Plains at $142/cwt., $2 higher in Nebraska at $144 and steady to $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $144-$145. Dressed prices are $1 higher in Nebraska at $227 and steady to $1 higher in the western Corn Belt at $226-$227.

Trade was slow on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 76¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $260.88/cwt. Select was $4.68 lower at $258.96.

Grain and soybean futures were widely volatile as traders came to grips with the war in eastern Europe, as well as U.S. baseline projections released as part of the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (see below).

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 9¢ higher in the front three contracts and then 6¢ to 15¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 23¢ to 36¢ lower.

February 24th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 24, 2022

It was deja vu all over again Wednesday as Wheat and Soybean futures blasted higher, carrying Corn along for the ride and weighing on Cattle futures.

Chicago wheat was 27¢ to 32¢ higher through May ’23. Soybean futures closed 19¢ to 40¢ higher in the front five contracts and then mostly 4¢ to 6¢ higher. Corn futures closed 5¢ to 9¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then 1¢ to 2¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed average 85¢ lower (20¢ lower at the back to $1.45 lower in spot Mar).

Live Cattle futures closed an average 61¢ lower (25¢ to $1.27 lower).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to limited on light demand through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. However, some private reports from the North suggested higher prices for the day.

Prices last week were $142/cwt. on a live basis in Nebraska and the Southern Plains and $142-$144 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $226.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 76¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $260.88/cwt. Select was $4.68 lower at $258.96.

February 23rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 23, 2022

Grain futures surged Tuesday, led by Wheat futures, fueled by the tensions in Eastern Europe, with Chicago wheat was 40¢ to 48¢ higher through the front six contracts.

Corn futures closed 12¢ to 20¢ higher in the front four contracts and then mostly 7¢ to 8¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 24¢ to 33¢ higher in the front four contracts and then mostly 12¢ to 14¢ higher.

Higher Corn prices weighing on Feeder Cattle futures, which closed average of 94¢ lower (37¢ lower at the back to $1.72 lower toward the front).

Recently stronger cash prices helped Live Cattle fade the heat. They closed an average 26¢ higher Tuesday.

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

Prices last week were $142/cwt. on a live basis in Nebraska and the Southern Plains and $142-$144 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $2 higher at $226.

Tuesday was one of those rare occasions where the Choice-Select spread was negative, with Choice Boxed beef cutout value $2.45 lower in the afternoon at $261.64/cwt., while Select was $1.80 higher at $263.64.

February 22nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 22, 2022

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

Prices last week were $142/cwt. on a live basis in Nebraska and the Southern Plains and $142-$144 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $226.

The five-area average weighted direct fed steer price last week was $1.88 higher at $142.36/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was $2.00 higher at $226.04.

Equity and futures markets were closed Monday in observance of President’s Day.

As mentioned in the previous day’s Cattle Current, Live Cattle futures were an average of 75¢ higher (37¢ to $1.37 higher) week to week on Friday, except for 30¢ lower in near Apr.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.24 higher (15¢ to $1.80 higher) week to week on Friday except for 80¢ lower in spot Mar.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.76 lower Monday afternoon at $264.09/cwt. Select was 79¢ lower at $261.84.

February 22nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 21, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in the western Corn Belt through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few to trend, there were a few live sales at $144/cwt.

Elsewhere, trade was mostly inactive on light demand.

For the week, live prices were $2 higher in Nebraska and the Southern Plains at $142 and $1-$2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $142-$143. Dressed prices were $2 higher at $226.

Total estimated cattle slaughter last week was 663,000 head, which was 4,000 head more than the previous week and 114,000 head more than the same week last year. Total estimated year-to-date cattle slaughter of 4.49 million head is just 110,000 head fewer.

Feeder Cattle futures closing mixed, from an average of 42¢ lower in three contracts to an average of 44¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 35¢ lower except for unchanged to 35¢ higher in the back three contracts.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.74 lower Friday afternoon at $265.85/cwt. Select was $2.22 lower at $262.63.

Net U.S. beef export sales of 23,000 metric tons (2022) were 18% more than the previous week and 38% more than the prior four-week average, according to USDA’s U.S. Export Sales report for the week ending Feb. 10.

Increases were primarily for South Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and China.

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 9¢ higher.

February 20th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 18, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures lost ground Thursday, closing an average of 81¢ lower amid lighter trade and firming Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures paddled in place awaiting more direction. Other than 27¢ higher in spot Feb, they closed an average of 21¢ lower.

Corn futures closed 2¢ to 4¢ higher. 

Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 5¢ higher through Mar ’23 and then mostly 1¢ lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in Nebraska through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live sales at $142.00-$142.50/cwt., but too few to trend.

Elsewhere, trade was limited in light demand. Although too few to trend, there were a few live trades in the Texas Panhandle at $142.

In established trade so far this week, live prices are $2 higher in Nebraska and the Southern Plains at $142 and $1-$2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $142-$143. Dressed prices are $2 higher at $226.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 3¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $269.59/cwt. Select was $1.23 lower at $264.85.

February 17th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 17, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate to active on good demand in the Southern Plains through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were $2 higher at $142/cwt.

Although too few transactions to trend, live prices in Nebraska were $2-$3 higher at $142-$143 on slow trade and light to moderate demand. Dressed sales were $2 higher at $226.

Also too few to trend, there were a few live sales in the western Corn Belt steady to $3 higher at $141-$143. Dressed prices last week were $224.

Even so, Cattle futures mainly paddled in place.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 43¢ lower (10¢ to $1.27 lower) except for unchanged and 27¢ higher in the back two contracts.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 75¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $269.62/cwt. Select was $1.74 lower at $266.08.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 9¢ higher through May ’23 and then mostly 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 23¢ to 36¢ higher through Jan ’23 and then mostly 10¢ higher.

February 16th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 16, 2022

Higher outside markets and lower Corn futures, both due in part to less geopolitical tension in Eastern Europe, helped fuel gains in Cattle futures Tuesday.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 52¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average $1.47 higher.

Corn futures closed 10¢ to 17¢ lower through the front four contracts and then mostly 5¢ to 8¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 9¢ to 18¢ lower through Jan ’23 and then 3¢ lower to 3¢ higher.

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

Last week, live prices were at $140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska; $140-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $224.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.59 lower Tuesday afternoon at $270.37/cwt. Select was 93¢ lower at $267.82.

February 15th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 15, 2022

Last week’s stouter packing pace and higher cash prices helped Cattle futures edge higher Monday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 57¢ higher except for unchanged in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 28¢ higher except for unchanged in Dec.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were at $140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska; $140-$142 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $224.

The five-area direct weighted average steer price last week was 72¢ higher than the previous week at $140.48/cwt. on a live basis. The average steer price in the beef was $2.25 higher at $224.04.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 56¢ lower Monday afternoon at $273.96/cwt. Select was 92¢ higher at $268.75.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 5¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ to 13¢ lower through near Nov and then mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher.

February 14th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 14, 2022

Cattle futures continued to soften Friday, perhaps with some follow-through profit taking and with surging Corn futures and sharply lower outside markets.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 60¢ lower.

Live Cattle futures closed mixed from an average of 49¢ lower to an average of 35¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were steady to $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt., steady to $2 higher in Nebraska at $140 and $1-$2 higher in the western Corn Belt at $141-$142. Dressed trade was $2-$4 higher at $224.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 37¢ lower Friday afternoon at $274.52/cwt. Select was $1.12 lower at $267.83.

Total estimated cattle slaughter last week of 659,000 head was 20,000 head more than the previous week and 53,000 head more than the previous year. Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter of 3.83 million head is 120,000 head fewer (-3.0%) than the same period last year.

Corn futures closed 9¢ to 10¢ higher through Jly ‘23 and then most 4¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 9¢ to 11¢ higher.

February 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 11, 2022

Cattle futures started the session with optimism but eroded as the day wore on with likely pressure from profit taking and lower outside markets.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 77¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.23 lower (82¢ to $1.87 lower).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was light to moderate on moderate demand in Nebraska through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Dressed trade was $2 higher at $224/cwt. Live prices a day earlier were steady to $2 higher at $140.

Trade in the western Corn Belt was limited on light demand. There were a few live sales at $141-$142, but too few to trend. Prices last week were $140 on a live basis and $220-$222 in the beef.

In the Southern Plains, trade was limited on light demand. Live prices a day earlier were at $140.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 97¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $274.82/cwt. Select was $3.10 lower at $268.95.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 5¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 20¢ lower in the front five contracts and then 5¢ to 15¢ lower.

February 10th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 10, 2022

Cattle futures extended gains Wednesday, supported by firmer cash prices and the beef supply and price outlook provided by the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.04 higher (30¢ higher at the back to $1.65 higher toward the front).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 71¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the Southern Plains through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices were steady in the Texas Panhandle at $140/cwt. and steady to $1 higher in Kansas at $140.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend. Last week, live prices were $140 on a live basis in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $222 in Nebraska and $220-$222 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.67 lower Wednesday afternoon at $275.79/cwt. Select was $1.79 lower at $272.05.

Corn futures closed 10¢ to 14¢ higher in old-crop contracts and then mostly 6¢ to 9¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 20¢ to 25¢ higher in the front eight contracts and then mostly 14¢ higher.

February 9th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 9, 2022

Cattle futures closed higher Tuesday, helped along by lower Corn and Soybean futures, as well as some betting that negotiated cash fed cattle prices will edge higher again this week.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.51 higher in the front three contracts, then an average of 40¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from 23¢ lower to 40¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Tuesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

Last week, live sales were at $140/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, $139-$140 in Kansas $138-$140 in Nebraska and $140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $222 in Nebraska and at $220-$222 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.50 lower Tuesday afternoon at $277.46/cwt. Select was $1.20 lower at $273.84.

Corn futures closed 3¢ lower in the front three contracts and then mostly fractionally to 3¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 2¢ to 12¢ lower through Jan ’23, then fractionally to 3¢ higher.

February 8th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 8, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

Last week, live sales were at $140 in the Texas Panhandle, $139-$140 in Kansas $138-$140 in Nebraska and $140 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $222 in Nebraska and at $220-$222 in the western Corn Belt.

The five-area direct average steer price last week was $2.81 higher at $139.66/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was $3.79 higher at $221.79.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 27¢ lower, except for unchanged to 7¢ higher in the back three contracts.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 85¢ lower at $278.96/cwt. Select was $1.01 lower at $275.04

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 63¢ lower, under pressure from Corn futures, which closed 14¢ to 15¢ higher in the front three contracts and then mostly 5¢ to 7¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 14¢ to 28¢ higher.

February 7th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 7, 2022

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Friday, closing out a dynamically positive week, fueled by the bullish Cattle inventory report.

Week to week on Friday, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $5.17 higher ($4.57 higher toward the back to $6.47 higher in spot Mar). The CME Feeder Cattle Index closed $1.51 higher week to week on Thursday at $160.17/cwt.

During the same period, Live Cattle futures closed an average of $3.28 higher and open interest grew by about 15,000 contracts.

On Friday, however, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 28¢ lower, except for an average of 32¢ higher in the back two contracts.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 27¢ higher, except for 15¢ lower in near Jun and unchanged in the back contract.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on very light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

For the week, Live sales were $3 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $140, $3-$4 higher in Kansas at $139-$140, $2-$3 higher in Nebraska at $138-$140 and $2-$3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed trade was $4 higher at $222.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week of 639,000 head was 4,000 head fewer than the previous week and 13,000 head fewer than the same week last year. So far this year, estimated total cattle slaughter of 3.16 million head is 185,000 head fewer (-5.5%) than the same time last year.

Corn futures closed mostly 5¢ higher through Jly ’23 and then 1¢ to 2¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 9¢ to 11¢ higher in the front four contracts and then 3¢ to 6¢ higher through Aug. ’23, followed by mostly 1¢ lower.

Week to week on Friday, Corn futures closed an average of 11.6¢ lower in old-crop contracts and Soybean futures closed an average of 68.8¢ higher through the front six contracts.

February 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 4, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate on moderate demand in the Southern Plains through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

Live sales in the Texas Panhandle were $3 higher at $140 and $3-$4 higher in Kansas at $139-$140. Earlier in the week, live trade was $2-$3 higher in Nebraska at $138-$140 and in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed trade was $4 higher at $222.

Cattle futures closed mixed to a touch lower Thursday on likely profit taking from the recent run-up.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 21¢ lower (5¢ to 55¢).

Live Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 16¢ lower to an average of 33¢ higher. 

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.69 lower Thursday afternoon at $281.46/cwt. Select was $3.10 lower at $276.47.

Soybean futures closed mostly fractionally higher to 3¢ higher.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 5¢ lower.

February 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 3, 2022

Stronger cash prices, the early-week, bullish Cattle report, the performance-depressing widespread winter storm and improved packer production helped Cattle futures take another step higher Wednesday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.17 higher ($1.55 to $3.175 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.14 higher (83¢ to $1.65 higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade in Nebraska and the Western Corn Belt was moderate through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. In Nebraska, live sales traded $3-$4 higher at $140/cwt. and dressed sales traded $4 higher at $222. In the Western Corn Belt, live sales traded $3 higher at $140-$141 and dressed prices were $4 higher at $222.

Trade in the Southern Plains was mostly inactive on light demand. Last week, live sales were $137 in the Texas Panhandle and $136 in Kansas.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.29 lower Wednesday afternoon at $283.15/cwt. Select was 65¢ lower at $279.57

Corn futures closed mostly down 2¢ to 12¢.

Soybean futures closed 1¢ to 16¢ higher through March ’23, then down 2¢ to 9¢.

February 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb, 2, 2022

Cattle futures extended gains Tuesday after a struggle for follow-through support from the bullish Cattle report and thoughts that packer interest will improve this week.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 72¢ higher (28¢ to 90¢).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 70¢ higher (55¢ to 93¢ higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were at $137/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, at $136 in Kansas $137 in Nebraska and at $137-$139 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was steady at $218.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value Tuesday afternoon was $4.96 lower at $285.44/cwt. Select was $3.05 lower at $280.22.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 9¢ higher in the front six contracts.

Soybean futures closed 12¢ to 38¢ higher.

February 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Feb. 1, 2022

Cattle futures closed higher with likely positioning ahead of what turned out to be a  bullish Cattle report.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.18 higher (88¢ to $1.42).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.64 higher ($1.75 to $3.40 higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were at $137/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, at $136 in Kansas $137 in Nebraska and at $137-$139 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was steady at $218.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 2¢ lower Monday afternoon at $290.40/cwt. Select was 14¢ lower at $283.27.

Corn futures closed mixed, from 10¢ lower to 4¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 13¢ to 20¢ higher through Aug ’23 and then 2 higher to 3¢ lower.

February 1st, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 31, 2022

Judging by estimated weekly cattle slaughter, the beef packing pace continues to improve but remains hindered.

Total cattle slaughter last week of 643,000 head was 7,000 head more than the previous week but 13,000 head less than the same week last year.

Oversold conditions and higher wholesale beef prices helped Cattle futures regain some ground Friday.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.31 higher Friday afternoon at $290.42/cwt. Select was $4.31 higher at $283.41.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 89¢ higher, except for unchanged in the back contract.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 71¢ higher (12¢ to $1.37 higher).

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

For the week, live prices were steady in the Texas Panhandle at $137/cwt., $1 lower in Kansas at $136, steady to $1 lower in Nebraska at $137 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $137-$139. Dressed trade was steady at $218.

Keep in mind, USDA will release Jan. 1 cattle inventory numbers Monday afternoon.

January 30th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 28, 2022

Cattle futures mostly eased lower in light trade Thursday as traders awaited more concrete direction from the packing pace.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 82¢ lower except for 20¢ higher in expiring Jan.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 43¢ lower, except for 20¢ higher in the back contract.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far for the week, live prices are steady in the Texas Panhandle at $137/cwt., $1 lower in Kansas at $136, steady to $1 lower in Nebraska at $137 and steady in the western Corn Belt at $137-$139. Dressed trade is steady at $218.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 35¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $289.11/cwt. Select was 62¢ lower at $279.10.

The average dressed steer weight the week ending Jan. 15 was 922 lbs., according to the latest weekly Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. That was 6 lbs. lighter than the previous week and 3 lbs. lighter than the previous year. The average dressed heifer weight of 851 lbs. was the same as a week earlier and 1 lb. heavier than the same time last year.

Net U.S. beef export sales for 2022 totaled 14,300 metric tons the week ending Jan. 20, according to the weekly U.S. Export Sales report. Sales were primarily for South Korea, Japan, Mexico, China, and Indonesia.

Grain exports helped underpin prices.

Net U.S. corn export sales (2021-22) were 29% more than the previous week and 84% more than the prior four-week average.

Net U.S. soybean export sales were up 53% from the previous week and 77% from the prior four-week average.

Net U.S. wheat export sales were 78% higher than the previous week and up noticeably from the prior four-week average.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 6¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 2¢ to 8¢ higher through Jan ‘23 and then mostly 1¢ lower.

January 27th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 27, 2022

Cattle futures closed higher Wednesday on apparent technical support and the notion that packer production is gaining.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.11 higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 95¢ higher (17¢ higher in waning spot Jan to $1.30 higher toward the back).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the Texas Panhandle through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live sales were steady at $137/cwt.

Trade was slow on moderate demand in Kansas at $136-$137, mostly $1 lower at $136.

In Nebraska and the western Corn Belt, trade was limited on light demand. So far this week, in both regions, live sales are steady to $2 lower at $137 and dressed trade is steady at $218.

Wholesale beef prices continued to falter, suggesting the seasonal top may have been breeched. Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.92 lower Wednesday afternoon at $289.46/cwt. Select was $3.60 lower at $279.72.

Soybean futures surged on South American weather and dragged Corn futures along.

Soybean futures closed 21¢ to 32¢ higher through the front five contracts and then mostly 5¢ to 15¢ higher.

Corn futures closed 3¢ to 7¢ higher through the front six contracts  and then mostly 1¢ lower.

January 26th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 26, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few transactions to trend in any region, there were some live sales in the Southern plains and Nebraska at $137/cwt. Early dressed trades were $218.

Last week, live prices were at $137/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $137-$138 in Nebraska and at $137-$139 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $218.

Cattle futures continued to lose ground Tuesday, unable to escape the uncertain packing pace and volatile outside markets.

Lower wholesale beef prices on the day, perhaps signaling a near seasonal top, added to Live Cattle angst. Live Cattle futures closed an average of 22¢ lower, except for an average of 29¢ higher in three contracts at either end of the board.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.12 lower Tuesday afternoon at $292.38/cwt. Select was $1.47 lower at $283.32.

Nearby Corn futures prices beyond the $6.00 mark added pressure to Feeder Cattle futures, which closed an average of $1.14 lower, except for 7¢ higher in spot Jan.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 8¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed mostly 11¢ to 13¢ higher after 4¢ to 9¢ higher in the front four contracts.

January 25th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 25. 2022

As expected, significantly higher feedlot placements revealed in Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report cast a pall over Cattle futures Monday, darkened by wildly volatile outside markets. However, they recovered some lost ground by the end of the session.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.46 lower (92¢ to $2.05 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.03 lower (25¢ to $2.02 lower).

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

Last week, live prices were at $137/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $137-$138 in Nebraska and at $137-$139 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $218.

The five-area direct average steer price last week was 89¢ higher on a live basis at $137.50/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was 7¢ lower at $217.92.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.09 higher Monday afternoon at $293.50/cwt. Select was $2.46 higher at $284.79.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ higher, riding the coattails of Wheat futures, which remain bolstered by the geopolitical tension in eastern Europe.

Soybean futures closed mostly 7¢ to 13¢ lower on rains in South America.

January 24th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 24, 2022

Despite sharply lower outside markets, a bounce higher in grain prices and the ongoing slower beef packing pace, cash cattle and futures prices held their own last week.

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

For the week, live prices were steady to $1 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $137, $1-$2 higher in Kansas at $137. Prices were steady to $1 higher in Nebraska at $137-$138 and $1 lower in the western Corn Belt at $137. Dressed prices were steady at $218.

Cattle futures leaked lower Friday amid stagnant cash prices and bearish outside markets.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 63¢ lower (25¢ to $1.07 lower), except for unchanged and 5¢ higher in the back two contracts. Week to week, they closed mixed, from an average of 19¢ lower in the front four contracts to an average of 52¢ higher.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was 57¢ lower Friday afternoon at $292.41/cwt. Select was 15¢ higher at $282.33. Week to week, though, Choice was $8.10 higher and Select was $8.36 higher.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week was 636,000 head, which was 18,000 head more than the previous week, but 26,000 head fewer than the same week last year. Estimated year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 1.87 million head is 161,000 head fewer (-7.9%) than last year. Estimated year-to-date beef production is 147.5 million lbs. less (-8.6%) at 1.57 billion lbs.

Net U.S. beef export sales were 12,800 metric tons for the week ending Jan. 13, according to the weekly U.S. Export Sales report. Sales were primarily for China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan.

January 23rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 21, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady to $1 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $137and $1-$2 higher in Kansas at $137. Prices are steady to $1 higher in Nebraska at $137-$138. Although too few to trend, there were a few live trades in the western Corn Belt at $137, which was $1 lower. Dressed prices are steady at $218.

Cattle futures softened Thursday after follow-through support early in the session.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 17¢ lower in the front five contracts; unchanged to an average of 14¢ higher the rest of the way.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 37¢ lower, except for unchanged to 75¢ higher in the back three contracts.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.38 higher Thursday afternoon at $292.98/cwt. Select was $1.75 higher at $282.18.

The average dressed steer weight the week ending Jan. 8 was 928 lbs., according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection Report. That was the same as a week earlier but 5 lbs. heavier than the previous year. The average dressed heifer weight was 851 lbs., which was 4 lbs. lighter than the previous week and the same as a year earlier.

Weather in South America and tension between Russia and Ukraine continued to dominate grain market commentary Thursday.

Soybean futures closed 27¢ to 34¢ higher through the front four contracts and then mostly 9¢ to 15¢ higher.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 4¢ lower.

January 20th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 20, 2022

Improving packer production — 117,000 head Tuesday — helped boost Live Cattle futures an average of $1.11 higher on Wednesday.

The uptick in Live Cattle, helped boost Feeder Cattle futures an average of 73¢ higher, except for 50¢ lower in spot Jan, despite surging Corn futures prices.

Grain futures surged on Wednesday, led by soybeans on weather concerns in South American and wheat based on mounting tension between Russia and Ukraine.

Soybean futures closed mostly 18¢ to 30¢ higher. 

Corn futures closed mostly 7¢ to 11¢ higher. 

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light to moderate demand in the Southern Plains and Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are steady to $1 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $137, $1-$2 higher in Kansas at $137. Prices are steady in Nebraska at $137 and in the western Corn Belt at $138. Dressed prices are steady at $218.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.11 higher Wednesday afternoon at $291.60/cwt. Select was $2.04 higher at $280.43.

January 19th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 19, 2022

Uncertainty about the pace of packer production continued to weigh on Live Cattle futures Tuesday, as wholesale beef prices continue to climb for the same reason. Sharply lower outside markets added to bearish sentiment.

Live Cattle futures closed an average 37¢ lower.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.63 higher Tuesday afternoon at $289.49/cwt. Select was $1.34 higher at $278.39.

Feeder Cattle futures drifted lower with the lack of support from the Live side. They closed an average 62¢ lower (20¢ lower at the back to $1.25 lower at the front).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light to moderate demand in Nebraska through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few transactions to trend, early trade was steady at $137/cwt. on a live basis and $128 in the beef.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill.

Last week, live prices were at $136-$137 in the Texas Panhandle, $135-$136 in Kansas and $138 in the western Corn Belt, where dressed trade was at $218.

January 18th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 18, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were too few transactions to trend.

Last week, live prices were at $136-$137/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle, $135-$136 in Kansas, $137 in Nebraska and $138 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $218.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $3.55 higher Monday afternoon at $287.86/cwt. Select was $3.08 higher at $277.05.

Futures and equity markets were closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

January 17th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 17, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from very limited on light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were too few transactions to trend.

For the week, live prices were $1-$2 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136-$137/cwt. and $135-$136 in Kansas. They were $1-$3 lower in Nebraska at $137 and steady to $3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $137-$138. Dressed trade was $2 lower at $218.

Week to week through Thursday, the five-area direct average steer price was $2.00 lower on a live basis at $136.58/cwt. The average price in the beef was $2.00 lower at $217.99.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week was 621,000 head, just 1,000 head more than the previous week and 31,000 head fewer than the same week last year.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 59¢ higher, except for unchanged and 37¢ lower in the back two contracts, supported by climbing wholesale beef prices.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.84 higher Friday afternoon at $284.31/cwt. Select was $1.21 higher at $273.97.

Feeder Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 23¢ lower to an average of 5¢ higher with pressure from front-month Corn futures.

Corn futures closed fractionally higher to 8¢ higher in the front six contracts, and then mostly 5¢ to 6¢ lower. 

Soybean futures closed 8¢ to 13¢ lower. 

January 16th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 14, 2022

Feeder Cattle futures gained Thursday, closing an average $1.33 higher, helped by declining front-month Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures edged higher, supported by climbing wholesale beef prices, despite the sluggish packing pace. They closed an average 40¢ higher, except for unchanged in the back contract.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.93 higher Thursday afternoon at $282.86/cwt. Select was $1.78 higher at $272.76.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were too few transactions to trend.

So far this week, live prices are $1-$2 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136-$137/cwt. and $135-$136 in Kansas. They’re $1-$3 lower in Nebraska at $137 and steady to $3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $137-$138. Dressed trade is $2 lower at $218.

Corn futures closed 3¢ to 11¢ lower through the front four contracts, and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher. 

Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 26¢ lower through the front six contracts, and then mostly 2¢ to 3¢ higher.

January 13th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 13, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in Kansas through Wednesday afternoon, with live trade $1 lower than the previous day and $3 lower than the previous week at $135/cwt.

Although too few transactions to trend, dressed trade in Nebraska was $2 lower at $218. Live prices there last week were $138-$140.

Trade was limited on light demand in the Texas Panhandle, where live prices last week were $138 and in the western Corn Belt where prices were $138-$140. Dressed trade in the western Corn Belt last week was at $220.

Softer cash prices in the North, after weakness in the South, helped pressure Cattle futures Wednesday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 62¢ lower (10¢ to $1.35 lower).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 55¢ lower (17¢ to $1.10 lower), except for unchanged to 37¢ higher in the back three contracts.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.71 higher Wednesday afternoon at $279.93/cwt. Select was $2.35 higher at $270.98

Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 13¢ higher, likely supported by the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE-see below).

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally higher to 6¢ higher, except for 1¢ to 2¢ lower in the front three contracts.

January 12th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan, 12, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was very limited on light demand in the Southern Plains through Tuesday afternoon. Early live sales were mostly $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $137/cwt. and mostly $1-$3 lower in Kansas at $135-$137. 

Trade was mostly inactive on light demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Prices in those regions last week were $138-$140 on a live basis and $220 in the beef.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $2.18 higher Tuesday afternoon at $278.22/cwt. Select was $2.13 higher at $268.63.

Cattle futures found some traction Tuesday with support from higher outside markets and healthier looking packer processing, for a day at least.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 57¢ higher (10¢ to $1.15 higher), except for 67¢ lower in the back contract.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 52¢ higher (12¢ to $1.42 higher), except for 5¢ lower toward the back.

Corn and Soybean futures paddled in place ahead of Wednesday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Soybean futures closed mostly unchanged to fractionally mixed after 1¢ to 2¢ higher in the front four contracts.

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally mixed.

January 11th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 11, 2022

Inflation jitters weighed on most commodities and outside markets Monday. Cattle futures were also pressured by recently slower packer processing and fears of back-logging cattle.

Live Cattle futures closed an average 86¢ lower (17¢ lower at the back to $1.47 lower toward the front), amid heavy trade .

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 81¢ lower (5¢ lower at the back to $1.42 lower).

Negotiated cash fed cattle ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Monday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were steady in the Texas Panhandle at $138/cwt., but steady to $2 lower at $136-$138 in Kansas and at $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was also steady to $2 lower at $220.

The five-area direct average steer price was $1.18 lower on a live basis last week at $138.41/cwt. The average price in the beef was 91¢ lower at $219.98.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $4.22 higher Monday afternoon at $276.04/cwt. Select was $5.40 higher at $266.50/cwt.

As for grains, Soybean futures softened to start the week with rains forecast for South America.

Soybean futures closed 21¢ to 26¢ lower through Nov ‘22 then 14¢ to 19¢ lower through Sep ’23 and mostly 4¢ lower across the rest of the board.

Corn futures closed fractionally mixed to 7¢ lower through May ’23 and then mostly 4¢ to 5¢ higher.

January 10th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 10, 2022

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

For the week, live prices were steady in the Southern Plains at $138/cwt., but steady to $2 lower at $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was also steady to $2 lower at $220.

Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed Friday, with support from higher wholesale beef prices, but with continued concern about slower cattle harvest.

Estimated cattle slaughter last week of 620,000 head was 32,000 head fewer than the same week last year.

Feeder Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 36¢ lower to an average of 36¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average 20¢ higher, except for an average of 29¢ lower in three contracts.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $3.26 higher Friday afternoon at $271.82/cwt. Select was 46¢ higher at $26.10.

Grain futures gained Friday with ongoing bearish weather in South America and expectations to see corn and soybean estimates in that region trimmed when the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates come out Wednesday.

Soybean futures closed 19¢ to 24¢ higher through the front six contracts and then mostly 11¢ to 14¢ higher.  

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ higher through Sep ’23 and then mostly 7¢ to 8¢ higher.

January 9th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 7, 2022

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

For the week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $138/cwt., but steady to $2 lower at $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade is also steady to $2 lower at $220.

Cattle futures inched higher Thursday, although skittishness remains concerning recently slower cattle harvest amid anecdotal reports of increasing health challenges among workers.

Live Cattle futures closed an average 34¢ higher, except for an average of 12¢ lower in two contracts. 

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 69¢ higher, except for 32¢ lower in Sep.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.63 higher Thursday afternoon at $268.56/cwt. Select was $1.03 higher at $260.64/cwt.

Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 7¢ lower through Aug ‘22 and then mostly 7¢ to 14¢ higher. 

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 4¢ higher at either end of the board and fractionally mixed to 8¢ higher in the middle.

January 6th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 6, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow to moderate on moderate demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Dressed trade in Nebraska was $2 lower at $220/cwt. Although too few to trend, there were some early live sales at $138, compared to $140 last week.

There were some early live sales in the western Corn Belt steady at $140 and a few in the beef steady to $2 lower at $220, but too few of either to trend.

Trade in the Southern Plains was limited on light demand. A light test sold steady on a live basis at $138.

Cattle futures closed mixed Wednesday, supported by moderating grain futures price gains but pressured by the weaker cash outlook. 

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 41¢ lower, except for an average of 32¢ higher in two contracts.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 32¢ higher, except for unchanged to an average of 36¢ lower in the front three contracts.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 11¢ higher Wednesday afternoon at $266.93/cwt. Select was 38¢ higher at $259.61/cwt.

Soybean futures closed 4¢ to 6¢ higher through Aug ‘23 and then 2¢ to 3¢ higher.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 7¢ lower through the front four contracts and then mostly 1¢ lower.

January 5th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 5, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and $140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $220-$222.

Surging corn futures took Cattle futures down a peg Tuesday, especially Feeder Cattle.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.99 lower (70¢ lower toward the back to $3.57 lower in spot Jan).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 77¢ lower (5¢ to $1.52 lower).

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 79¢ higher Tuesday afternoon at $266.82/cwt. Select was 33¢ higher at $259.23/cwt.

Bearish South American weather lit a fuse beneath soybeans, leading other grain futures along for the ride.

Soybean futures closed 27¢ to 34¢ higher through Aug ‘22 and then 12¢ to 18¢ higher in the next four contracts; mostly 2¢ higher the rest of the way.

Corn futures closed 10¢ to 20¢ higher through the front four contracts and then mostly 4¢ to 8¢ higher.

January 4th, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 4, 2022

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

Last week live prices were at $138/cwt. in the Southern Plains and $140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $220-$222.

The five-area direct average steer price last week of $139.59/cwt. on a live basis was $3.95 higher than the previous week. The average steer price in the beef was $3.58 higher at $220.89.

Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter through Dec. 27 was 32.66 million head, according to USDA. That was 958,000 head more (+3.0%) than a year earlier. Total estimated beef production of 27.05 billion lbs. was 694.4 million lbs. more (+2.6%).

Cattle futures eased lower Monday awaiting cash direction.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 38¢ lower, not counting newly minted away-Jun.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 45¢ lower.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 77¢ higher Monday afternoon at $266.03/cwt. Select was 67¢ higher at $258.90/cwt.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher, except for fractionally lower to 4¢ lower in the front four contracts.

Soybean futures closed 12¢ to 16¢ higher through Sep ‘23 and then 7¢ to 8¢ higher.

January 3rd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Jan. 3, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices gained last week amid holiday-lightened trade. For the week, based on USDA reports available through Thursday, live prices were $2 higher in Nebraska at $140/cwt., $3 higher in the Texas Panhandle at $138 and $5 higher in the western Corn Belt at $140. Dressed prices of $220-$222 were $3-$4 higher in Nebraska and $3-$5 higher in the western Corn Belt.

Live Cattle futures traded sideways amid light trade on Friday. They closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 16¢ lower in the front three contracts to an average of 33¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures were traded lightly, too, but had the benefit of further erosion in front-month Corn futures. They closed an average of 81¢ higher (5¢ higher at the back to 95¢ higher toward the front), except for 35¢ lower in Sep.

Stronger cash prices and stabilizing wholesale beef prices enabled Cattle futures to gain from Monday through Friday.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.06 higher (42¢ to $1.60 higher). Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $4.15 higher during the same period ($2.37 higher at the back to $6.67 higher toward the front). The CME Feeder Cattle Index closed $5.99 higher week to week on Thursday at $165.21/cwt.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 78¢ higher on Thursday at $265.26, compared to Monday. Select was $3.05 higher at $258.23.

Grain futures lost ground throughout the week, due in part to rains in South America.

Corn futures closed an average of 17¢ lower on Friday through the front six contracts, compared to Monday, except for fractionally lower in spot Mar. During the same period, Soybean futures closed an average of 28¢ lower through the front six contracts.

January 2nd, 2022|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 31, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in the Texas Panhandle through Thursday afternoon, but early live sales were $3 higher than last week at $138/cwt.

Elsewhere, trade was mostly at a standstill.

Earlier in the week, live prices in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt were at $140/cwt., which was $5 higher in Nebraska and $2 higher in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices of $220-$222 were $3-$4 higher in Nebraska and $3-$5 higher in the western Corn Belt.

Cattle futures were narrowly mixed Thursday, as some traders checked out for the year. The weekly U.S. Export Sales report for the week could have added some pressure to Live Cattle. Net U.S. beef export sales for the week ending Dec. 23 were 48% less than the prior week and 55% less than the previous four-week average.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 36¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 46¢ higher (5¢ higher at the back to 95¢ higher toward the front), except for 35¢ lower in Sep.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 45¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $265.26/cwt. Select was $1.14 higher at $258.23/cwt.

Grain futures closed lower Thursday with rains in South America and position squaring.

Corn futures closed 9¢ to 10¢ lower in the front four contracts and then mostly 5¢ to 6¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 20¢ to 30¢ lower in the front six contracts and then mostly 5¢ to 7¢ lower.

December 30th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 30, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt through Wednesday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. So far this week live prices in those regions are at $140/cwt., which is $5 higher in Nebraska and $2 higher in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices of $220-$222 are $3-$4 higher in Nebraska and $3-$5 higher in the western Corn Belt.

Trade in the Southern Plains was at a standstill. Live prices there last were $135.

Cattle futures, especially Feeder Cattle, climbed higher Wednesday, buoyed by cash market gains and higher wholesale beef prices.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.79 higher (97¢ to $2.82 higher with most strength in the front months).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.01 higher (65¢ higher to $1.37 higher).

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.05 higher Wednesday afternoon at $265.71/cwt. Select was $1.00 higher at $257.09/cwt.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher after fractionally mixed in the front three contracts. 

Soybean futures closed mostly 2¢ to 8¢ higher through Jan ‘23 and then 6¢ to 13¢ higher.

December 29th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 29, 2021

Although it was slow trade and light demand, negotiated cash fed cattle prices began the week $2 higher on a live basis at $140/cwt. in the western Corn Belt through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Dressed prices there last week were at mainly $217.

Elsewhere, trade ranged from a standstill to limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend. Last week, live prices were at $135/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska. Dressed trade was at $217-$218.

The stronger cash outlook and recently higher boxed beef prices helped Live Cattle futures firm. They closed an average of 24¢ higher (from 5¢ higher to $1.17 higher in almost-spent Dec).

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 18¢ higher Tuesday afternoon at $264.66/cwt. Select was 91¢ higher at $256.09/cwt.

Lower Corn futures prices helped Feeder Cattle close an average of $1.19 higher.

Corn futures closed lower on likely profit taking. Prices were 8¢ to 10¢ lower through May ‘23 and then mostly 4¢ to 5¢ lower.

Soybean futures paused from steep gains in the previous session, closing mostly 3¢ to 4¢ lower.

December 28th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 28, 2021

Cattle futures closed mixed amid light trade to start the week with front-month Feeder Cattle under the most pressure from increasing Corn futures.

Feeder Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 57¢ lower across the front half of the board to an average of 17¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed (from an average of 19¢ lower to an average of 19¢ higher.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were at $135/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Nebraska, and at $138 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $217-$218.

The five-area direct weighted average steer price last week was $1.55 lower at $135.64. It was $1.12 lower in the beef at $217.30.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.54 higher Monday afternoon at $264.48/cwt. Select was $2.23 higher at $255.18/cwt.

Nearby Corn and Soybean futures climbed on Monday, presumably in response to the continued hot and dry weather forecast in South America.

Corn futures closed 9¢ through the front three contracts and then mostly 2¢ to 3¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 26¢ to 30¢ higher through the front five contracts and then mostly 7¢ to 10¢ higher.

December 27th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 24 to 27, 2021

Markets head into what will be a long holiday weekend for many on a positive note.

Cattle futures gained again Thursday with traders apparently content to position on the plus side heading into the long weekend. Although trade was holiday-light, open interest in Live Cattle expanded the last two days. Higher outside markets added support.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.25 higher (72¢ higher at the back to $1.82 higher toward the front).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.22 higher (70¢ higher toward the back to $2.25 higher toward the front).

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

For the week, live prices are $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $135/cwt. and $1-$3 lower in Kansas and Nebraska at $135. Dressed trade in Nebraska is steady to $1 lower at $217-$218. Last week, live prices were at $138 in the western Corn Belt and dressed trade was at $217-$218.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.08 higher Thursday afternoon at $262.94/cwt. Select was $2.12 higher at $252.95/cwt.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 3¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 7¢ higher through Sep ‘22 and then mostly 6¢ lower.

December 23rd, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 23, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to slow on moderate demand through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few transactions to trend, various reports suggested prices were a touch higher than earlier in the week, supported by the bounce in futures.

So far this week, live prices are $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $135/cwt. and $1-$3 lower in Kansas and Nebraska at $135. Dressed trade in Nebraska is steady to $1 lower at $217-$218. Last week, live prices were at $138 in the western Corn Belt and dressed trade was at $217-$218.

Cattle futures extended recent gains Wednesday amid lighter pre-holiday trade.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 58¢ higher (10¢ to 95¢ higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 66¢ higher.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 47¢ higher Wednesday afternoon at $261.86/cwt. Select was 91¢ higher at $250.83/cwt.

Corn futures closed 3¢ to 4¢ higher through Sep ‘22, and then mostly 1¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 15¢ to 22¢ higher through Sep ‘22 and then mostly 7¢ to 8¢ higher.

December 22nd, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 22, 2021

Cattle futures bounced back Tuesday from recently oversold conditions, with more optimistic outside markets, despite softer cash prices and the shorter harvest schedule through the remainder of the year.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.75 higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 99¢ higher (85¢ to $1.17 higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although there were too few transactions for a trend, some live sales traded at $135/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle and Nebraska.

Last week, live prices were $2-$4 lower in Kansas and Nebraska at $136-$138/cwt. They were $4 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136 and steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $138. Dressed prices were $2 lower in Nebraska at $218 and steady to $3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $217-$218.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 99¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $261.39/cwt. Select was 75¢ lower at $249.92/cwt.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 8¢ higher through Jly ‘23, and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 19¢ higher through Sep ‘22 and then fractionally lower to 5¢ higher.

December 21st, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 21, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in Nebraska through Monday afternoon. Although too few transactions to trend, there were some live trades in the region at $135/cwt. Elsewhere, trade was at a standstill, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $2-$4 lower in Kansas and Nebraska at $136-$138/cwt. They were $4 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136 ad steady to $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $138. Dressed prices were $2 lower in Nebraska at $218 and steady to $3 lower in the western Corn Belt at $217-$218.

Cattle futures trended lower Monday with softer cash prices, holiday-limited harvest schedules on the books and no support from outside markets.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 34¢ lower, except for 10¢ higher in away Feb.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 75¢ lower (2¢ lower at the back to $1.20 lower toward the front), except for 5¢ higher in Oct.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 63¢ lower Monday afternoon at $262.38/cwt. Select was $2.39 higher at $250.67.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 2¢ to 6¢ higher.

December 20th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 20, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on light demand to a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $2 lower in Kansas at $138/cwt. and $4 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136. Dressed prices were $2 lower in Nebraska at $218.

Estimated total cattle slaughter last week was 657,000 head, which was 11,000 head fewer than the prior week. Year-to-date estimated total cattle slaughter of 32.17 million head was 886,000 head more (+2.8%) than the same period last year. Estimated year-to-date before production of 26.64 billion lbs. is 628 million lbs. more (+2.4%) than last year.

Cattle futures limped lower Friday, pressured by softer cash prices and pre-holiday positioning. Increasing carcass weights amid declining wholesale beef prices added weight.

The average dressed steer weight the week ending Dec. 4 was 928 lbs., according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. That was 2 lbs. heavier than the previous week, 6 lbs. heavier than two weeks earlier and the same week a year earlier. The average dressed heifer weight was 4 lbs. heavier than the previous week at 851 lbs. and 1 lb. heavier than the same week last year.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.78 lower (95¢ lower at the back to $2.62 lower toward the front).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 61¢ lower.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 4¢ higher Friday afternoon at $263.01/cwt. Select was 14¢ higher at $248.28.

Corn futures closed 1¢ to 2¢ higher in the front three contracts and then mostly fractionally lower.

Soybean futures closed 6¢ to 10¢ higher in the front five contracts and then mostly unchanged to fractionally lower.

December 19th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 17, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $2 lower in Kansas at $138/cwt. and $4 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $136. Dressed prices are $2 lower in Nebraska at $218.

Last week, live prices were at $140 in Colorado and $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices in the western Corn Belt were $218-$220.

Cattle futures were narrowly mixed Thursday with lackluster trade.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 28¢ higher, except for 5¢ lower in Jun.

Feeder Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 35¢ lower in five contracts to and average of 31¢ higher.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.71 higher Thursday afternoon at $262.97/cwt. Select was 69¢ higher at $248.14.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 6¢ higher, boosted by positive weekly U.S. export sales.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 14¢ higher through the front four contracts and then mostly 5¢ higher.

December 16th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 16, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle prices lost some ground Wednesday. Live prices in the Texas Panhandle were $4 lower at $136/cwt., on slow trade and light demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Although too few to trend, there some early dressed sales in Nebraska $2 lower at $218.

Cattle futures sagged lower, pressured by softer cash prices and reports of reduced production at some plants due to weather.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.05 lower (60¢ to $1.78 lower).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.41 lower (83¢ to $1.93 lower).

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 46¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $260.26/cwt. Select was  $1.35 lower at $247.45.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 5¢ lower through Jly ’22, then down 1¢ to 2¢.

Soybean futures closed fractionally higher to 3¢ higher through Jly ’22, and then mostly 2¢ to 4¢ lower.

December 15th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 15, 2021

As the week wears on, cash fed cattle price prospects appear steady to softer, given reduced packer production the next two holiday weeks, along with declining wholesale beef prices.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to mostly inactive on light demand through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live trades in Kansas at $138/cwt., but too few to trend.

Live prices last week were at $138-$140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado; $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220 in Nebraska and $218-$220 in the western Corn Belt.

At the same time, wholesale beef prices continue to decline with Choice boxed beef cutout value $2.50 lower Tuesday afternoon at $260.72/cwt. Select was  $4.84 lower at $248.80.

All of that was enough for Live Cattle futures to drift an average of 32¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 41¢ lower Tuesday, also pressured by Corn futures closing 2¢ to 5¢ higher, while Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 13¢ higher through Sep ’23 and then mostly 9¢ higher — both rebounding from the previous day’s losses.

December 14th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 14, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week live prices were at $138-$140/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado; $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220 in Nebraska and $218-$220 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.32 lower Monday afternoon at $263.22/cwt., but Select was $1.40 higher at $253.64

Long-term optimism helped boost Live Cattle futures an average of 46¢ higher on Monday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 84¢ higher (20¢ higher at the back to $1.37 higher). They received a boost from softer Corn futures, which were down on a drop in Soybean futures based on  bullish South American production weather.

Corn futures closed 4¢ to 8¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 18¢ to 23¢ lower through Nov ’22 and then mostly 12¢ to 15¢ lower.

December 13th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 13, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Live prices last week were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $140/cwt. and steady to $2 lower at $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were steady at $220.

Cattle futures drifted a touch higher Friday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed and average of 62¢ higher (22¢ to $1.05 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 28¢ higher.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 1¢ lower Friday afternoon at $264.54/cwt. Select was 56¢ higher at $252.24

Cattle futures drifted a touch higher Friday.

Feeder Cattle futures closed and average of 62¢ higher (22¢ to $1.05 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 28¢ higher.

Corn futures closed fractionally lower to 1¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed 1¢ to 3¢ higher through Nov ‘22 and then fractionally higher. 

December 12th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 10, 2021

So far this week, fed cattle prices are steady to $2 lower.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in the Southern Plains and the western Corn Belt through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Prices in the Southern Plains were at $140/cwt., which was steady with the prior day but $2 lower than last week.

Although too few to trend, there were a few live sales in the western Corn Belt at $138-$140 and a few in the beef at $220. Prices there last week were $140 and $220, respectively.

Trade in Nebraska was slow on moderate demand. Dressed prices were steady with last week at $220. Although too few to trend, there were some live trades at $138-$140, compared to $140 last week.

Trade in Colorado was mostly inactive on very light demand. Live prices last week were $142.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 44¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $264.55/cwt. Select was $1.41 lower at $251.68.

Cattle futures softened amid the subdued cash trade.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 62¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 55¢ lower, except for 67¢ higher in spot Jan.

Corn futures closed 3¢ to 4¢ higher through near Jly and then mostly 2¢ to 3¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 3¢ to 4¢ higher.

December 9th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 9, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from limited on light demand to a standstill through Wednesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $142/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado; $140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220.

The lack of cash direction and lower wholesale beef prices helped pressure Live Cattle futures. They closed an average of 45¢ lower.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $3.92 lower Wednesday afternoon at $264.11/cwt. Select was $2.59 lower at $253.09.

Feeder Cattle futures stepped lower amid lackluster trade and the absence of cash direction. They closed an average of $1.45 lower.

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally mixed as traders readied for Thursday’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Soybean futures closed 9¢ to 12¢ higher.

December 8th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 8, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to mostly inactive on very light demand through Tuesday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $142/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado; $140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220.

Cattle futures drifted amid lackluster trading interest Tuesday.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 19¢ lower, except for 5¢ higher in spot Dec.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 56¢ lower (22¢ lower in spot Jan to $1.17 lower in the back contract).

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $4.50 lower Tuesday afternoon at $268.03/cwt. Select was $2.17 lower at $255.68.

Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 7¢ to 11¢ lower through the front five contracts and then mostly 2¢ to 3¢ higher.

December 7th, 2021|

Cattle Current Podcast—Dec. 7, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to mostly inactive on very light demand through Monday afternoon with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Last week, live prices were $142/cwt. in the Southern Plains and Colorado; $140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $220.

Cattle futures closed mostly higher Monday, buoyed by higher outside markets, recently stronger cash prices and prospects of higher money this week.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 91¢ higher.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 40¢ higher, except for an average of 13¢ lower in two contracts toward the back.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.83 lower Monday afternoon at $272.53/cwt. Select was 79¢ lower at $257.85.

Corn futures closed mainly fractionally lower to mostly fractionally higher.

Soybean futures closed 2¢ to 5¢ lower through the front six contracts and then mostly unchanged to fractionally mixed.

December 6th, 2021|