Indicators measuring America’s beef economy turned positive during December. Six of the eight indicators in Drovers’ index saw arrows pointing higher last month, while two of the arrows pointed sideways. That’s a marked improvement over November’s indicators that produced six arrows pointing lower and only one arrow pointing upward. Despite those improving conditions, losses continue to mount for feedyards and packers. Feedyard losses hover near $100 per head, while packers lost nearly $35 per head on cattle slaughtered last month. Cash cattle prices posted gains last month, and cow-calf producers continue to enjoy good profits. Production costs remain manageable, despite slight increases in corn and milo prices. Cattle on feed numbers saw decline, as did total beef production.