There are few losers in the cattle market right now. From packers all the way down to cow-calf producers, current prices this summer are turning profits far into what is typically a seasonal lull.
While packer margins ended July very high, feedlot margins also remained high. Consumer demand for beef has outpaced many expectations and is supporting these higher prices throughout the summer months.
From the weekly Sterling Beef Profit Tracker, cattle feeders saw profits fall $30 from the week prior. For the month, packers saw July profit margins only drop $31 from the previous month. Packers were still netting $162.68 per head, according to Sterling Marketing, Inc.
Profitable margins from packers are supporting fed cattle prices, Sterling reports. Feedlot margins ended July at $276.61 per head, down $78.26, but still tracking impressive returns.