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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 Corn prices have rescinded from early morning highs with the July contract trading lower by 11 cents.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 »

Packers dealt a full house; feeding losses continue

Virtually all the leverage belonged to beef packers last week and their profits more than doubled as a result. Cattle feeding losses continued to fall well short of break even. Pork producers, however, saw their profits rise substantially on higher cash prices. FULL STORY »

Soybeans trade 49 to 52 cents higher at midday

Corn futures are trading 12 to 24 cents higher midmorning. New crop contracts continue to push higher on forecasts for hotter, dryer weather across the U.S. Corn Belt. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses more than double with cash market decline

A $3 per hundredweight decline in cash fed cattle prices last week pushed cattle feeding losses substantially higher, while packers saw their margins improve. Rising cash hog prices have pushed average pork producer margins to more than $30 per head. FULL STORY »

Packers retain their clout, but margins slip with higher bids

Packer margins declined and feeding margins improved as cash cattle prices inched $1 per hundredweight higher. Negotiated hog prices jumped more than $6 per hundredweight, doubling profits for pork producers last week. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins drop, packer margins improve

Lower cash fed cattle prices last week drove cattle feeding margins further into the red. Beef packers saw improving margins, as did pork producers, who saw profits nearly double. Pork packer margins continue to decline. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins closer to the black, packer margins slip

A rally in cash cattle prices helped pull cattle feeding margins closer to breakeven, while beef packer margins declined. Cash hog prices also rallied, lifting pork producer margins into the black for the first time this month. FULL STORY »

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