Fed Cattle Recap | Cash market shrugs off polar vortex
Cash prices for fed cattle were slightly higher in face of nasty weather.
Ed Czerwien, BEEF Magazine
Feb 05, 2019
The cold, wet weather of late has created exceptionally challenging conditions for cattle and cattle feeder alike. But the cash market for fed cattle shrugged off the weather, it seems, in spite of feedyard managersí willingness to sell cattle to mitigate muddy pen conditions.
The cash trade was just a little higher for the week ending Feb. 2, regaining most of what it lost last week on slightly smaller cash sales numbers.††††††
The Five Area formula sales volume totaled 245,209 head, compared with about 238,780 the previous week. The Five Area total cash steer and heifer volume was 84,796 head, compared with about 90,768 head the previous week.
Nationally reported forward contract cattle harvest was about 29,000 head this week and the packers have about 166,000 head for February. The national cash sales this week included 8,471 head of 15- to 30-day delivery and 28,786 head previous week.
Now looking at prices, the weekly weighted average cash steer price for the Five Area region was $123.87 per cwt, compared with $123.29 the previous week, a 58-cent boost for the week.
The weighted average cash dressed steer price for the Five Area region was $198.34 per cwt, compared with $197.22 the previous week, which was $1.12 higher.
The Five Area weighted average formula price was $198.07 per cwt, compared with $199.01 the previous week, making it 94 cents lower...
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