Cattle futures have continued to decline to what now is a seven-week low. While fed cattle trade saw steady to firm prices at $144 to $148 live and $230 to $234 dressed, futures fell sharply for May feeders, down an average of $5.775 each week. Live cattle dragged out the week’s sharp losses due to USDA’s bearish Cattle on Feed report.
The report revealed nearly 2 million head were placed on feed, upping the total to more than 12 million, 1.7% higher than last year and the highest total to date. As summer draws nearer, seasonal highs and historically large fed cattle supplies will continue to impact the market.
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