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Meat Market Update | Rib primal keeps Choice cutout afloat

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.

The weekly average Choice cutout, which includes all types of sales including the daily Choice cutout, was $202.39 which was $.52 higher. This is being supported by the Choice rib primal, which jumped high enough to offset the other primals that trended lower.

The weekly average Choice rib primal was $10 higher helped by the daily rib primal that has also jumped significantly. This weekly Choice rib primal graph has started the normal seasonal fall rally way ahead of the previous two years, which has offset the other primal declines and kept the Choice cutout from dropping as low as it could. However it is only about 11% of the total carcass, so it has to jump quite a bit to offset large primal declines.

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