Beef Carcass Price Equivalent

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NW_LS410
Des Moines, IA     Wed, Jan 23, 2013     USDA Market News

USDA BEEF CARCASS PRICE EQUIVALENT INDEX VALUE

                             CHOICE              SELECT
Index                       600-900#            600-900#
 Values =>                    $180.06             $171.21
 Change =>                      -0.41               -0.50
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Current Index Reflects the Equivalent of 152,480 head of cattle.
SUPPLY (Live)  56,748 Hd
Equivalent:                   $182.34             $171.51
DEMAND (Box)   95,732 Hd*
Equivalent:                   $177.78             $170.90
Live-Box Spread:               $4.56               $0.61
----------------------------  Input Breakdown   -----------------------------
         National Daily Direct Cattle          :      Boxed Beef Cutouts
        (5 day accumulated wghtd avg)          : Ch 600-900#          $189.78
                  Weight   Price     Head      : Se 600-900#          $182.90
  Live Steer:          1390   $123.93    20,249: Current Lds:           289.9
  Live Heifer:         1287   $123.82    11,239: Previous Lds:          394.4
  Drsd Steer:           900   $197.28    14,449
  Drsd Heifer:          806   $196.70    10,811
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      Grading % Breakdown            :         Drop Credit      :       13.60
 Ch 600-900# :                 74.08%:         Steer Dressing % :      63.79%
 Ch 600-750# :                 24.73%:         Heifer Dressing %:      63.84%
 Ch 750-900# :                 49.35%:         Processing Cost  :       12.00
 Se 600-900# :                 25.92%:         Slaughter Cost   :       50.50
 Se 600-750# :                  5.84%:
 Se 750-900# :                 20.08%:
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 Equivalent Values for Outlying Beef Carcass Types
 Basis Value = 180.06                       Carcass Weights
                             400-500#500-600#  600-900#  900-1000#  1000#/up
 Qlty/Yield      (1)           -26.07    -12.68               -2.06    -21.15
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 Prime 1-3            15.63   $169.62   $183.01   $195.69   $193.63   $174.54
 Certified 1-3         5.13   $159.12   $172.51   $185.19   $183.13   $164.04
 Choice 1              3.58   $157.57   $170.96   $183.64   $181.58   $162.49
 Select 1             -6.69   $147.30   $160.69   $173.37   $171.31   $152.22
 Stndrd 1-3          -22.70   $131.29   $144.68   $157.36   $155.30   $136.21
 Prime 4               3.02   $157.01   $170.40   $183.08   $181.02   $161.93
 Choice 4            -11.23   $142.76   $156.15   $168.83   $166.77   $147.68
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*Reflects total boxed beef load count from past 5 days
multiplied by 75, the average head per boxed beef load.
(1) differentials based upon current premiums and discounts.
Note: Index reflects simple average of live and box equivalents.

Source: USDA Market News Service, Des Moines, IA
        Bryant Smith  515-284-4460  Desm.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
        24 Hour recorded market information 515-284-4830
        www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/NW_LS410.txt
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