Cattle Outlook

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 »

Cattle Outlook: April beef exports surpass 200 million pounds

April beef exports were over 200 million pounds, the first time this level has been eclipsed in 2012. Imports were slightly higher than this however, the third month of the past four where the U.S. was a net importer of beef. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: 5 states cattle production value tops $2 billion

Forecasts of continued dry weather in the southern corn belt boosted corn futures this week. July corn futures ended the week at $5.98/bu, up 47 cents from the previous Friday. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Economic growth expectations lowered

USDA says 72% of the corn crop was in good or excellent condition on May 27. That compares to 77% good or excellent the week before and 63% a year ago. FULL STORY »

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