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DTN Midday Livestock Comments 09/23 11:39

23 Sep 2022
DTN Midday Livestock Comments 09/23 11:39 Lower Tones Settle into the Livestock Complex With a depressed tone settling into all of the livestock contracts as the market heads into the day's afternoon, a lower close could be expected for the contracts. ShayLe Stewart DTN Livestock Analyst GENERAL COMMENTS: With a depressed tone settling into all of the livestock contracts as the market heads into the day's afternoon, a lower close could be expected for the contracts. LIVE CATTLE: Friday's market continues to trade with a doggish and skeptical tone as the market anxiously awaits Friday's Cattle on Feed Report. Traders and cattlemen alike would love to believe analysts' estimates for the report but given that they've gotten their hopes up in months past believing that placements will be lower only to see on Friday afternoon that they're reported higher has everyone leery. Regardless of how the on-feed and placement data fairs, the market is at least going to be able to appreciate the marketing portion of the report as analysts believe marketings could be as much as 6.5% higher than a year ago. October live cattle are down $0.55 at $144.30, December live cattle are down $0.70 at $148.67 and February live cattle are down $0.87 at $152.90. The cash cattle market hasn't seen any bids renewed at this time and it's looking like the vast majority of the week's business is done. Throughout the week Southern live cattle traded for $143 which is $1.00 stronger than last week's weighted average, and Northern dressed cattle traded for mostly $228 which is also $1.00 stronger than last week's weighted average. Friday's Imported Meat report shares that for the week fresh beef imports totaled 23,568 metric tons with Canada, Mexico and Australia being the biggest importers. Year-to-date fresh beef imports total 867,310 metric tons, which is 8% greater than when compared to a year ago. Processed beef imports for the week total 2,528 metric tons with Brazil contributing 67% of that shipment. Year-to-date processed beef imports total 69,966 metric tons which is 21% greater than when compared to a year ago. Boxed beef prices are lower: choice down $0.11 ($248.29) and select down $1.52 ($220.59) with a movement of 64 loads (41.73 loads of choice, 9.51 loads of select, 5.37 loads of trim and 7.47 loads of ground beef). FEEDER CATTLE: The feeder cattle market continues to sell out despite the corn complex trading as much as $0.12 to $0.13 lower in its nearby contracts. September feeders are down $0.17 at $178.02, October feeders are down $0.02 at $177.95 and November feeders are down $0.20 at $177.90. The market would like to rest its hat on the wins the fat cattle market saw earlier this week, but until the market can see exactly how Friday's Cattle on Feed report pans out, all are hesitant. However, if the report can indeed display what analyst's projected, then the market sits in a fine position to rally as early as next week. LEAN HOGS: With the rest of the livestock complex taking a hesitant stance in Friday's market, the lean hog market has opted to follow suit even though it saw strong export sales on Thursday and pork cutout values closed $3.53 higher Thursday afternoon. October lean hogs are down $1.22 at $92.90, December lean hogs are down $2.45 at $83.22 and February lean hogs are down $2.30 at $87.45. It's likely that the market keeps with this lower trend through closing, but it won't likely pressure the market support plane of $82.25. The projected lean hog index for 9/22/2022 is down $0.42 at $97.59, and the actual index for 9/21/2022 is up $0.05 at $98.01. Hog prices are lower on the Daily Direct Morning Hog Report, down $7.71 with a weighted average of $86.21, ranging from $84.00 to $105.00 on 3,241 head and a five-day rolling average of $93.03. Pork cutouts total 210.13 loads with 197.19 loads of pork cuts and 12.94 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: down $2.30, $101.58. ShayLe Stewart can be reached shayle.stewart@dtn.com (c) Copyright 2022 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.