Cattle feeding margins improved more than $14 per head last week, moving back into positive territory $0.65. Packer margins declined to -$6.59 below breakeven. The Sterling Profit Quotient improved to 0.3 from -41.5 the previous week.

The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker is calculated using actual weekly prices for Choice fed steers, feeder steers, feed costs, boxed beef-cutout prices, hide and offal values, and other factors that influence profit margins.

The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker for the week ending 8/21/09:

  • Average feedyard margins: $0.65 per head.
  • Average packer margins: -$6.59 per head.
  • Sterling Profit Quotient:  0.3

For additional information and a chart about this week’s Sterling Beef Profit Tracker, click here.

The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker is produced by Sterling Marketing Inc. and John Nalivka, president, Vale, Ore., and is published weekly by Drovers/CattleNetwork.