Cattle Market Losses Accelerated on Monday

The cattle complex fell hard on Monday, a nickel off limit losses in feeders. Fat cattle closed +$3 in the red. Feeder cattle were $3.50 to $4.95 lower at the close. Nov feeders touched the $5 limit throughout the afternoon. The October 15 Feeder Cattle Index from CME dropped back 69 cents to $140.22. Monday cash activity had the week off to an early start. USDA noted very light starter sales in the South from $103-106. Cash sales started the week in NE with some limited $105 activity. Clean up business on Friday had been from $106-$107. Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower again on Monday, widening the Choice/Select spread to $17.90. Choice boxes were $209.74 in the PM quote, down by 29 cents. Select boxes had dropped $1.68 to 191.84. USDA estimates FI cattle slaughter for Monday was 118k head, 1,000 more than both LW and the same week LY.

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