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Adding value and capturing that value (making money) versus adding value and losing value (losing money) is largely a function of your break-even price. 
Breakevens Remain Key in Determining Retained Ownership

Adding value and capturing that value (making money) versus adding value and losing value (losing money) is largely a function of your break-even price. 

Profit Tracker: Packer Profits Exceed $200

Packer margins advanced on softer cash cattle prices and gain in the beef cutout prices.

Packer margins advanced on softer cash cattle prices and gain in the beef cutout prices.
Profit Tracker: Packer Profits Exceed $200

Packer margins advanced on softer cash cattle prices and gain in the beef cutout prices.

Profit Tracker: Margins Near Breakeven, Packers Up

Average feedyard margins declined $18 per head last week, settling at $26. With average margins that close to breakeven, many cattle sold last week undoubtedly lost money.

Profit Tracker: Losses exceed $50

A $1 decline in average fed cattle prices and a $25 per head increase in the cost of feeder cattle pushed cattle feeding losses to $52 per head last week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker.

Profit Tracker: Modest losses

Last week's $1 per cwt retreat in cash cattle prices took feedyard margins only modestly lower.

Profit Tracker: Margins top $50/head

It took a $5 rally in fed cattle prices, but feedyard margins topped $50 per head last week, the Sterling Profit Tracker reveals. Profits were limited by a $33 per head increase in the cost of feeder cattle factored aga

Profit Tracker: Packer margins near $200

Beef packer margins increased $6 per head, resulting in average profits of $198 on every animal processed. Packer margins are about $72 per head better than a month ago.