MAY 23, 2011 – The week of May 2nd saw a ... - Feedlot Magazine

MAY 23, 2011 – The week of May 2nd saw a ... - Feedlot Magazine

MAY 23, 2011The week of May 2 nd saw a heavy increase in federally

inspected cattle harvest, with a total of 658,679 head reported by USDA.

In contrast with the previous week’s 620,000, it was a 6% increase. Steer

carcass weights gained 1 lb. from the year-to-date low to average 816 lb.,

while heifers dropped 3 lb. each to 748 lb., another low so far in 2011. If

2010 patterns hold, steer weights should have already put in the annual

low during the last two weeks in April and should now trend heavier

through October. Heifers, however, didn’t reach an annual carcass weight

low until mid-May last year before pushing seasonally higher. YTD fed

cattle harvest total is 11.5 million head through the first week in May, a

0.37% increase over last year. The net carcass tonnage is up 1.27% due

to an average increase of 8 lb. in carcass weight per head this year.

In the packers’ coolers, the national average for the proportion of

Choice carcasses dipped almost a percentage point on the week to end at

62.32% Choice with an additional 3.21% Prime. The black-hided share of

fed cattle rebounded on the week from 59.91% the week prior to a current

61.29%. The ratio of Choice carcasses certified by USDA into Premium

Choice branded programs stands at 24.42% for the week, the second

lowest week so far in 2011 with a YTD average of 26.24%.


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