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Thu, Dec 13th, 2018
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Live cattle futures are mixed, with front month Dec up 22.5 cents. Feeder cattle futures are up 35 to 95 cents at midday. The CME feeder cattle index was up a penny on December 11 at $144.97. Wholesale beef prices were mixed again this morning, with the Ch/Select spread going the other way this time widening to $11.77. Choice boxes were up 47 cents at $212.72, with the Select cutout value 62 cents lower at $200.95. USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 361,00 head through Wednesday. That is 1,000 above last week and 7,000 head larger than the same week last year. Out side of the $119 trade on Wednesday’s FCE, few cash sales have been reported. Beef export sales in the week of 12/6 were reported at 10,337 MT for 2018 and 3,650 MT for 2019 in this morning’s Export Sales report.Dec 18 Cattle are at $119.350, up $0.225,Feb 19 Cattle are at $122.750, down $0.150,Apr 19 Cattle are at $124.750, down $0.150,Jan 19 Feeder Cattle are at $148.200, up $0.625Mar 19 Feeder Cattle are at $146.000, up $0.725Apr 19 Feeder Cattle are at $146.500, up $0.900--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Lean Hog futures are steady to $1.40 lower on Thursday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 44 cents from the previous day @ $55.54 on December 11. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was up 32 cents at $72.76. The national base cash hog carcass value was 32 cents higher to a weighted average of $46.74. USDA estimated FI hog slaughter for Wednesday was 477,000 head, bringing the WTD total to 1.435 million head. That is 13,000 head larger than last week and 37,000 head above a year ago. Pork export sales for the week that ended on 12/6 totaled 22,334 MT for 2018 and 11,088 MT for 2019.Dec 18 Hogs are at $54.675, down $0.050,Feb 19 Hogs are at $64.725, down $0.975Apr 19 Hogs are at $70.550, down $1.400--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
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