Cattle Outlook

Cattle Outlook: Beef exports higher than imports in July

During July, the U.S. exported more beef than we imported for the first time since February. Exports equaled 10.5% of July beef production and imports equaled 8.8% of production. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Beef carcass cutout, feeder cattle higher

Meat demand depends on people with money to spend. Today’s jobs report is not encouraging. Only 96 thousand jobs were added to the economy during August. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Corn prices set records as drought continues

Domestic beef demand was up 2% in June compared to 12 months earlier. However, export demand was down 10% leaving fed cattle demand down 1% compared to June 2011. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Producers delay sending cattle to market

Last week was another week with little or no improvement in pasture conditions. Some producers are nearing a breaking point when it comes to being forced to send cows to market due to a lack of feed, while others are continuing to hold out hope for some fall pasture growth to prevent a large liquidation. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed prices increase, beef carcass prices higher

For the week ending August 5, 2012, USDA estimates that pasture and range conditions continue to deteriorate. 59 percent of U.S. pasture and range area is now rated poor or very poor. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Feed yards to struggle with keeping pens full

USDA's semi-year cattle inventory survey said the number of feeder cattle in the U.S. was down 2.2% at midyear. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Weekly cattle slaughter down 4% from year ago

The July Cattle on Feed report said placements were down 1.8% in June while marketings were down 6.1%, largely due to one fewer slaughter day this June than last. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle, beef prices lower while corn futures soar

Retail beef prices declined for the third consecutive month during June. The average price of beef in grocery stores during June was $4.932 per pound, down 3.3 cents from May, but up 12.3 cents from June 2011. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Dry conditions push feed prices higher quickly

Fed cattle prices were a bit higher this week on very light volume. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $117.05/cwt, up 56 cents from last week and up $2.53/cwt from the same week last year. Steer prices on a dressed basis averaged $187.67/cwt this week, up $3.52 from a week ago and up $5.21 from a year ago. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed, feeder cattle prices lower

Hot, dry weather continues over much of the country. USDA says only 56% of the corn crop was in good or excellent condition on June 24. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Retail beef demand improves in May

The beef carcass cutout value was lower this week. On Friday morning, the choice boxed beef carcass cutout value was $196.90/cwt, down $1.68 from the previous Friday. FULL STORY »

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