July 18, 2016


Monday Memo

Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending July 22, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were lower this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of July 14-July 21 averaged $114.65 for live sales, and $184.83 for dressed; respectively, down $2.35 and $2.59. Total volume sold was up 1,000 head from a week ago and up 56,000 head from last year.  
Feeder steer cattle and calves were lower across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were $5.00 lower while heavier 750-800 pound steers were steady to $1.00 lower. Mississippi pasture worsened slightly this week with 53% rated good or excellent, down 1% from a week ago.  In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging $131.50, down $3.50 from a week ago, while heavy steers were averaging $115.00, up $1.00 from last week.  
Live cattle futures and feeder futures were lower this week. August live cattle were down $0.95 on the week and $33.00 lower than a year ago at $109.98, while December live cattle were down $2.18 from last week and down $38.43 from a year ago. Feeder cattle were higher this week with August futures down $2.45 from last Friday and down $73.43 from a year ago at $136.93 while October futures are down $2.50 on the week. Nearby corn futures are down $0.16 from a week ago at $3.36 while December futures are also down $0.15. .
Wholesale boxed beef prices are lower compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $201.39, down $4.61 from a week ago and $31.28 lower than a year ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $190.77, down $3.71 from last week. The choice-select spread narrowed from $11.52 a week ago to $10.62 this week. 


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Makes 8 to 10 servings

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Make plans this fall to attend one of two Cattlemen's Colleges that MCA will be hosting. The first College will be held in Hattiesburg on October 27. and the following day at Batesville in conjunction with the North MS Beef Expo. The programs are free to the public. Both programs will offer workshops on marketing, forages, animal health, and cattle grading. 

July Cattle on Feed
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (July 22, 2016).  The report revealed that 10.356 million head of cattle were in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger on July 1, 2016, up 1.17% from a year ago. Placements into feedlots during the month of June totaled 1.525 million head while marketings during the same month totaled 1.912 million head, up 2.97% and 9.44% from a year ago, respectively. Placements were well below expectations while marketings and total number of cattle on feed were close to expectations.
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