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Packer margins jump higher, feeding margins bleak

Higher wholesale beef prices helped drive beef packer margins significantly higher last week, but cattle feeding margins saw only minimal improvement. Average pork producer margins remain positive. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses exceed $100, packers in the black

Profit margins for cattle feeders and beef packers moved in opposite directions last week, thanks to lower cash fed cattle prices and rising wholesale beef prices. Pork producer margins moved into positive territory with higher cash sales. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins take a step backwards, packing margins improve

Cattle feeding margins declined last week as a result of higher feeder cattle prices at the time of placement and higher feed costs during the feeding period. FULL STORY »

Feeding, packing margins continue improvement

Cattle feeding margins improved for the second consecutive week as cash cattle prices rallied $2 per hundredweight. Pork producers also found improving margins on higher cash bids. FULL STORY »

Margins improve for cattle feeders, packers

Cattle feeding margins improved last week as total feeding costs recorded a $40 per head decline. Pork producers found their margins virtually unchanged despite a decline in negotiated prices. FULL STORY »

Losses increase for cattle feeders and packers

Cattle feeders and beef packers continue to struggle with heavy losses. Both saw their margins take another hit last week as boxed beef prices decline. Pork producers saw their margins improve modestly. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improve, packer margins slip

Cattle feeding margins improved $30 per head last week, but cattle feeders continue to struggle with heavy losses. Beef packer margins eroded as cash cattle bids were $1 per hundredweight higher. Pork producer margins improved modestly. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding losses remain above $100 per head

Cattle feeding margins improved only modestly after last week's price rally. Beef packers saw their margins decline significantly with higher bids and declining boxed beef prices. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins slip from bad to ugly

The train wreck for cattle feeders continues as cash cattle prices slip another $2.50 per hundredweight. Pork producer margins are just as ugly with cash prices $5 per hundredweight lower than a month ago. FULL STORY »

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 »

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