Cattle

Live cattle futures closed the Thursday session with most contracts 27.5 to 52.5 cents in the red. Feeder cattle futures were down 60 to 95 cents on the day. The CME feeder cattle index was up 80 cents from the previous day at $142.21 on June 20. Wholesale boxed beef values were mixed on Thursday afternoon. Choice boxes were down 88 cents to $217.41, with Select boxes 56 cents higher at $201.61. That tightened the Ch/SE spread to $15.80. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter at 478,000 head through Thursday. That is 10,000 head above last week and the same time last year. June 1 cattle on feed is expected to be seen at 11.47 million head, 3.4% above last year. Exports in the week of June 14 totaled a MY high 18,640 MT. Beef export commitments are now 21.2% larger than the same week last year.




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