Feeder cattle markets opened 2010 a bit stronger than they closed 2009, and got some nice support from USDA's annual crop production summary during the second week of January.
Estimates surprised the markets, placing the 2009 corn crop larger than 2007’s record level. CME corn contracts traded down about $0.40 per bushel in the days that followed, and have trended further down since then. Kentucky feeder cattle prices moved up by $5-$10 per cwt from their pre-Christmas levels and have been further supported by improved fed cattle prices.
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