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Feeding margins decline again, packer margins improving

Cash cattle prices declined for the second consecutive week, producing another decline in cattle feeding margins. Beef packer margins improved, and are nearing the break even point. Pork packer margins are in the black. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins steady, packer margins improve

Cattle feeding margins held nearly steady as cash cattle prices showed little movement. Packer margins, however, saw significant gains as wholesale beef prices improved dramatically. Pork producer margins were steady. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses remain above $100

Cattle feeding margins improved last week, but losses remain above $100 per head. Cash hog prices dropped more than $5 per hundredweight, pushing per head losses near $30 per head. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses nearly double as cash market drops

A $2 per hundredweight decline in cash cattle prices last week significantly increased losses on harvest-ready cattle. Pork producers also saw losses increase as negotiated cash sales declined nearly $4 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Packer losses exceed $100 per head, feeding margins improve

Beef packers saw their losses jump more than $40 per head last week while cattle feeders saw margins improve modestly. Pork producers and pork packers also saw their margins decline for the week. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improve on higher cash sales

Cattle feeding margins improved $46 per head last week after cash fed cattle prices jumped $3 per hundredweight, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Tight supplies, a little rain turn feeder cattle sharply higher

Auction receipts are running 20 percent below last year and demand for grass cattle is already described as frantic. All cattle markets turned sharply higher with an additional boost from a widespread rain across the Midwest. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins erode as cash sinks

Cattle feeding losses neared $150 per head last week as cash cattle bids declined more than $2 per hundredweight. Pork producer margins posted gains after negotiated cash hog sales improved $1.75 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses near $100 per head, packer losses at $50

Cattle feeders saw per head losses double last week after cash cattle prices declined $2 per hundredweight. Pork producer margins improved as negotiated cash hog prices increased more than $2 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses near $50 per head

Cattle feeding margins declined $20 per head last week after a decline of more than $1 hundredweight in cash cattle prices. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding: inching closer to breakeven

Cash cattle prices traded $1 per hundredweight higher last week, helping feedyard margins improve more than $13 per head. Packer margins saw per head losses increase. Pork producers margins improved $4 per head. FULL STORY »

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