Cattle Market Whacked by Higher Feed Costs

Live cattle futures closed the midweek session with 22 to 77 cent losses in the front months. Feeder cattle futures fell triple digits on higher corn, with 0.77% to 1.2% losses on the day. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $142.58 on 9/29, back up by 22 cents. USDA reported light cash cattle sales activity on Wednesday from $104 to $107, with dressed at $167. The bulk of activity has been $106-$107. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher in the PM update. Choice boxes were up 58 cents to $217.74 cwt. Select boxes were 55 cents stronger at $207.54. Federally inspected cattle slaughter for the week through Wednesday was 358,000 head. That trails last week’s pace by 3k head, but is up 5,000 from the same week last year.

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