The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker will be published weekly by Drovers/CattleNetwork. The Sterling Beef Profit Tracker, which includes weekly feedyard margins, weekly packer margins and an overall industry profit quotient, is a product of Sterling Marketing, Inc., and John Nalivka, president, Vale, Ore.

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.

This week’s Sterling Beef Profit Tracker (week ending 6/20/09):

  • Average feedyard margins: -$38.38 per head.
  • Average packer margins: -$43.97 per head.
  • Sterling Profit Quotient: -127.1

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