US cattle markets firm on steady-higher cash - CME

Lean hog futures regained after softening on Thursday
calendar icon 7 August 2023
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Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live cattle futures firmed on Friday, supported by underlying strength in the cash markets and tighter cattle slaughter, Reuters reported, citing analysts.

August live cattle futures added 2.400 cents to 180.900 cents per pound. Most-active October live cattle lifted 1.600 cents to settle at 182.900 cents per pound.

The October contract added 1.84% for the week.

Cash cattle remained mostly steady, though some firmer trade was found in the northern US plains market as high as $189, versus $186 to end last week, while the southern plains held at $178 to $179, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

Meanwhile, cattle slaughter fell to just 113,000 head. For the week, an estimated 35,000 fewer head were processed versus the same period in 2022.

Boxed beef prices fell, with choice cuts trimming 22 cents to $301.79 per cwt., while select cuts lost $1.83 to $276.48 per cwt., the USDA said.

Beef packer margins firmed to $56.98 a head, according to

September feeder cattle futures added 1.800 cents to 253.450 cents per pound.

Lean hog futures regained after softening on Thursday, with nearby August lean hog futures adding 0.025 cents to 101.025 cents per pound, while the most-active October contract LHV3 gained 1.025 cents to 83.075 cents per pound.

The CME's Lean Hog Index, a two day weighted average of cash prices, inched higher to 105.86, hovering near recent 11-month highs.

Pork cutout eased $1.94 to $113.69 per cwt., while packer margins climbed to $18.51 per head, said.

Hog slaughter also fell, with an estimated 418,000 hogs processed, down from 453,000 a year prior, according to the USDA.

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