The interesting news on the cut-out front is that the Canadian AAA cut-out has finally caught up to the equivalent US Choice cut-out (in Canadian dollar terms). At the end of July the AAA cut-out was reported at $194. Meanwhile the Choice of $188 converted to $193 Canadian equivalent or $1 lower than the Canadian cut-out that week. From February through early June the cut-out spread between the 2 countries was extremely wide, ie US over Canada by $10-25/cwt. It’s not unusual for the cut-outs to trade fairly evenly at this time of year but it was most certainly a welcome sight after the wide spreads that had persisted earlier this year and were a factor in the wide basis levels we saw in the fed cattle market.
It's been a busy week in the beef markets, impacted largely by growing North American beef and pork supplies, spotty feed availability, and the August 9th fire at Tyson's beef processing plant in Kansas. Regular RealAgriculture guest Anne Wasko of the Gateway Livestock Exchange spent some of her week in Calgary, at the Canadian Beef…Read more »