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CME: Cattle Slaughter Down this Week

03 November 2015

US - Total cattle slaughter for week ending October 31 was 553,000 head, about 3000 head smaller than the previous week and also very close to year ago levels, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

We estimate fed cattle slaughter for the week was 442,000 head, 2.2 per cent higher than the same period a year ago.

Cow and bull slaughter on the other hand at 111,000 head was estimated at 8.9 per cent lower than last year.

The choice beef cutout continued to gain ground last week, up 1.5 per cent from the week prior but still about 13 per cent lower than a year ago.

The gains were primarily driven by middle meats, with the rib primal up 6.7 per cent compared to a week ago.

On the other hand, lean beef prices remain weak, as evidenced by the steady erosion in lean beef prices (down 2.3 per cent ).

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