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Market Resilience: Cattle Stand Strong on Wednesday

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Ups and Downs Midweek

Despite an initial slump in midweek trading, the cattle market showcased remarkable resilience as futures closed the day on a positive note. Fat cattle experienced an upward trend of 20 to 50 cents, while feeders soared by as much as $1.42. Wednesday’s cash trade, as confirmed by the USDA, mostly hovered around $185 – a modest $3 decline from the previous week. Additionally, the 3/26 CME Feeder Cattle Index saw a slight dip of 36 cents, resting at $251.27.

Boxed Beef Prices and Slaughter Numbers

Boxed Beef prices took a slight hit on Thursday, with Choice witnessing a $2.51 decrease and Select weakening by $1.83. Notably, rib prices were reported at $471.72 and $455.05 cwt. respectively. Moreover, the week’s FI cattle slaughter stood at 367k head by Wednesday’s end, slightly surpassing the 358k head count from the previous week but falling short of the 375.3k head recorded during the same period last year.

Cattle Futures at Close

Apr 24 Cattle  closed at $183.600, up $0.500,

Jun 24 Cattle  closed at $178.675, up $0.300,

Aug 24 Cattle  closed at $176.675, up $0.250,

Mar 24 Feeder Cattle  closed at $248.050, up $0.325

Apr 24 Feeder Cattle  closed at $246.875, up $1.425

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