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Feeder cattle numbers steady with last year

Feeder cattle finally start to regain some of their big declines after the August packing plant fire, convincing more cattle to come to town.

The feeder cattle numbers at the auctions are starting to return back to normal as prices start to regain some of what they lost. There was 22,100 head at the test auctions, which was 12,000 head higher than last week and similar to last year. Prices were mostly $3-6 higher.

Slaughter cow numbers are starting to increase, and we are still well ahead of the big fall runs. The slaughter cow prices were steady to $1 lower and the cow cutout on Wednesday was about $1 lower than the previous week.

 

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