Mixed Close for Cattle Futures

Two Cows Looking at Camera

Nearby fat cattle futures were 27 to 80 cents weaker at the Monday close. The feeder cattle market ended with triple digit gains of as much as $1.67 across the front months. There are still no deliveries issued against Feb cattle, as CME confirmed the oldest dated long is now 10/20. USDA reported Friday cash trade from $179 to $183, citing a mostly $2-$4 increase for NE with the bulk at $180. USDA reported decent demand for the OKC feeder cattle auction, noting that 50% of the listing was heifers. The CME Feeder Cattle Index increased by another $3.01 to $246.06. 

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were firmer on Monday afternoon with a 4 cent increase in Choice and a $1.94 stronger in Select. Monday’s FI cattle slaughter was 115k head, which was 10k head below last week and was 8.5k head behind the same week last year.  


Feb 24 Cattle  closed at $184.250, down $0.375,

Apr 24 Cattle  closed at $185.925, down $0.800,

Jun 24 Cattle  closed at $183.525, down $0.450,

Mar 24 Feeder Cattle  closed at $248.825, up $1.675

Apr 24 Feeder Cattle  closed at $253.175, up $1.400



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