US Beef Trade in Disarray

AUSTRALIA - The US imported beef market remains extremely volatile with financial and credit markets still under immense pressure and the value of the A$ collapsing against the US$.
calendar icon 17 October 2008
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Meat & Livestock Australia

US end users remain ambivalent about the beef market, as the financial crisis threatens to cause a further slowdown in the foodservice sector.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia, this has translated into little forward trading interest as participants take more of a hand-to-mouth approach.

Prices for 90CL cow beef dropped another 7% this week, to 138.5US¢/lb CIF, while in A$ terms the rate of the decline was less, down 5% to 416.7A¢/kg FAS.

While bearish sentiments in the market remain, there is some optimism as the recent depreciation of the A$ places Australian beef in a price competitive position. Some market participants are cautiously watching the A$, as its recent dramatic decline could reverse just as quickly.

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