The cash fed cattle market developed reasonably early contrary to expectation. The majority of the purchasing occurred on Wednesday with clean-up trade on Thursday. The prices were mostly in line with expectations, at least at the beginning.
Most all of Oklahoma received considerable rain from late May into early July. This resulted in much needed forage growth in all regions, including some of the worst drought areas. However, the heat of summer has arrived in July and forage growth has slowed abruptly.
The cash fed trade was slow to develop last week and that was certainly to the benefit of packers. A hard break in the live futures, larger show lists, along with longanticipated rumors of declining production to meet the incoming reduced beef demand...
U.S. beef and pork exports maintained their strong momentum in May, with export volumes for both products exceeding last year’s totals and value increasing by double digits, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
The beef industry is experiencing a wide range of emotions at the current time. The level of excitement is obvious as cattle and beef prices have pushed even beyond record levels of earlier this year. Cattle prices are at values unimaginable just a few years ago.
“‘Out of sight’ is a good term for the prices,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension Specialist in Livestock and Food Products Marketing. “And it doesn’t really matter whether we’re talking about retail prices to consumers, the wholesale beef market or at sale barns for calves and feeder steers.
Cash fed trade developed early last week in a start and stop sort of fashion. About 1,500 head were confirmed sold on Monday at $152- 153 live in Kansas, then by Wednesday afternoon, over 3,500 head were sold in addition at prices ranging from $155-158 live and $245-246 dressed.
According to the latest Rabobank report, Beef Quarterly Q2 2014, the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. This will likely support further strengthening of prices, as supply of competing animal proteins tighten.
Asking prices started the week slightly elevated from the prior week’s sales of $148-150 live and $234-238 dressed. However, after a strong rally—again—in the futures markets, asking prices jumped up a few more dollars. By Thursday morning, cattle feeders were asking $153-154 live and $240-242 dressed.
Senior-level buyers from some of the top red meat importers in China and Hong Kong toured the heartland of America with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) last month, getting a top-tobottom education on U.S. agriculture and the red meat industry..