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Tightening supplies push fed market higher as boxed beef declines

Tightening supplies of market-ready fed cattle led to a $2 to $3 per hundredweight advance in prices last week. Feeder cattle and calves sold steady to higher. Boxed beef prices declined on softer demand. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins improve from gruesome to dismal, packers comfy

Red ink continues to flow from feedyard closeouts despite a $42 per head gain last week. Packers saw their profits improve by another $15 per head. Pork producer margins are eroding. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins slip, packers in the black

Cattle feeding losses dipped near $200 per head again last week despite a cash market that gained $1 per hundredweight to $120, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins gain, packers slip

Cattle feeding losses dipped below $200 per head for the first time in a month as cash fed cattle prices gained $1 per hundredweight to $119. Despite the $35 per head improvement, feedyards are still losing more than $185 per head, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.


Cattle feeding margins improve, packer margins erode

A $3 per hundredweight jump in fed cattle prices helped improve cattle feeding margins by more than $30 per head last week. Still, feedyards are losing in excess of $220 on every animal they send to market. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins: meager improvement; packers in the red

A small advance in cash prices produced a meager improvement in cattle feeding margins. Packers saw small positive margins evaporate into average per head losses as boxed beef prices declined. Pork producers continue turning decent profits. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins: Can they get any worse?

Cash fed cattle prices slipped another $2 per hundredweight last week and boxed beef cutout values have shed more than $13 per hundredweight the past month. Cattle feeders are left staring at ugly closeouts and ordering more red ink cartridges. FULL STORY »

Feeding losses approach $250, packer margins weaken

In a dismal post-holiday marketing week cattle feeding losses increased another $60 per head, leaving feedlots with a $250 hickey on each animal sold. Packers had their own problems but kept profit margins well into the black. FULL STORY »

Corn futures drop after USDA's reports

Corn futures are trading lower at midsession. Corn prices have rescinded from early morning highs with the July contract trading lower by 11 cents. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses increase, packer margins weaken

Cattle feeding losses increased last week despite a $1 increase in cash prices. Packers saw their profit margins cut significantly during the holiday week. Pork producers continue earning tidy profits. FULL STORY »

Feeding losses continue to mount, packers comfortable

Packer margins increased another $17 per head last week as feeding margins continue to erode. Pork producer margins remain solidly in the black but slipped some as cash prices declined $2 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

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