Latest News From Profit Tracker

Cattle prices slipped $2
Profit Tracker: Margins Retreat On Lower Prices

Cattle feeders continue to find modest profits on a cash basis despite last week's $2 per cwt. market retreat.

9 months ago
Cattle markets $1 lower
Profit Tracker: Feedyards Remain In The Black

Despite an average $1 decline in cash fed cattle prices last week, cattle feeding margins remained solidly profitable on a cash basis.

10 months ago
Cattle in feedyard
Profit Tracker: Packer/Feeder Margin Spread Flips To Favor Feeders

Cattle feeding profit margins exceeded beef packer margins last week for the first time in more than two years as cash cattle prices have increased 20% since September.

10 months ago
Feedyards saw modest profits last week.
Profit Tracker: Packer Margins Lowest In Five Months

Beef packers saw their margins decline to the lowest level since before the Tyson packing plant fire August 9 as beef cutout prices declined and cash cattle prices increased.

11 months ago
Cash cattle rally lifts profits.
Profit Tracker: Feedyard Profits Rise To Triple Digits

Feedyards saw closeouts improve dramatically last week after the cash cattle market posted its third consecutive week of higher prices.

12 months ago
Average feeding margins have turned positive.
Profit Tracker: Rally Boosts Packer Margins

Last week’s $1 increase in cash fed cattle prices did little for feedyard profits, but the $6.40 rally in wholesale beef prices added another $25 onto already large packer margins.

1 year ago
Feedyard losses remain above $100 per head.
Profit Tracker: Packer/Feeder Margin Spread Under $400

The combination of shrinking packer profits and smaller feedyard losses over the past six weeks has reduced the packer/feeder margin spread by 27%, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.

1 year ago
Feedyard losses exceeded $200 per head last week.
Packer/Feeder Margin Spread Now Exceeds $600 Per Head

Losses continued to grow for feedyards and the spread between feeder losses and packer profits only widened with a $1.50 per cwt. decline in cash cattle prices last week.

1 year ago