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Meat Market Update | Cutout starts seasonal decline

Ed Czerwien, market analyst based in Amarillo, Texas, offers a concise summary of last week's beef cutout trade.

The daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended the week of Friday, December 13 at $216.29 which was $8.27 lower compared to previous Friday. It still continues higher year over yearr when the same Friday last year it was $210.96, which about was $3 lower that week. This week, the daily Choice rib primal was $22 lower by Friday, starting the normal big December drop in prices that happens every single year. The daily Choice loin was $1 lower and the daily Choice chuck and round were $6-12 lower again, forcing the cutout much lower for two weeks in a row. This daily Choice cutout climbed a little higher on the following Monday and dropped down to $212.81 on Tuesday, December 17 which was almost exactly the same as last year. It is now about $30 lower since mid-November and always pushed the weekly average Choice cutout higher or lower because many, but not all, formula sales are based off of these daily cutout prices from the previous week.  

 

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