Ed Czerwien, market analyst based in Amarillo, Texas, offers a concise summary of how last week's beef trade impacted the cattle market and beef prices.

Ed Czerwien, Market Reporter

January 9, 2019

The weekly average Choice cutout, which includes all types of sales, was $215.02. This was $2.67 highe for the week; overall, the weekly average choice cutout is starting the year out higher than last year.

The weekly average Choice rib primal was $1 lower, but the weekly average Choice loin primal was $6 higher for the second week in a row. With the Valentine Day holiday approaching, tenderloin along with strip steak sales always helps the Choice loin primal out. Everyone wants a special cut of beef for the holiday.

The weekly average Choice Chuck and round primals were $1-2 higher. This is continuing to improve as roast cooking in homes is big this time of the year.

About the Author(s)

Ed Czerwien

Market Reporter

Ed Czerwien is a market analyst in Amarillo, Texas. From the heart of Cattle Feeding Country, Ed follows the cattle and wholesale markets to keep beef producers up-to-date on the market moves that affect them. He previously worked with USDA as a Market News reporter. Ed is now semi-retired and continues to work with cattle trade analysis.

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