Sterling Profit Tracker

Losses continue for cattle feeders, packers

A $1 per hundredweight advance in cash cattle prices could not boost cattle feeding margins last week, and packer margins slipped another $9 per head into the red. Negotiated hog prices gained nearly $2 per hundredweight, bringing pork producer margins near break even. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding margins improve $50 per head

A $1 per hundredweight improvement in cash cattle prices coupled with lower feeding costs against this week’s marketing helped improve cattle feeding margins nearly $50 per head. Negotiated hog prices gained more than $4 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Train wreck continues for cattle feeders

A $3 decline in cash cattle prices nearly doubled the losses on cattle marketed last week. Packer losses increased slightly as wholesale beef prices also declined $3. Negotiated hog prices gained more than $6, but pork producer margins remain in the red. FULL STORY »

Feedyard margins decline, packer losses improve modestly

A $1 decline in cash cattle prices last week helped erode feeding margins that had neared break even the week before. Packer losses saw modest improvement, but remain more than $50 per head. Negotiated hog prices gained more than $4 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Hogs defy fundamentals at midday

Corn futures are trading slightly higher at midday. As of this writing, corn futures have now moved above unchanged, although slightly. FULL STORY »

Feedyard margins near break-even, packers continue to slip

A $3 per hundredweight bump in cash cattle prices brought feedyard closeout margins near break-even while packer losses continue to grow. Pork producer margins declined $7 per head as lean carcass prices fell another $4 last week. Negotiated hog prices have declined $23 per hundredweight the past month. FULL STORY »

Feeding losses now under $100, packers margins decline

Cattle feeding margins are gradually improving and packer margins are eroding as summer nears an end. Pork producer margins are headed in the wrong direction as cash prices have shed more than $13 per hundredweight the past two weeks. FULL STORY »

Feeding margins improve, remain in the red; packers, too

Red ink continues to flow from feedyard closeouts despite a $47 per head gain last week. Packers saw their profits evaporate into $8 per head losses. Pork producer margins also slipped into the red. FULL STORY »

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 »

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