Live Cattle (LC)

Supply & Demand Data:

  1. Cattle On Feed (Monthly): Overview, Beginning, Placed, Marketed
  2. Slaughter (Monthly): Total Cattle, Live Weights, Beef Production
  3. Cold Storage (Monthly): Beginning Cold Storage Stocks
  4. Supply & Disappearance (Annual): Beg,. Stocks, Production, Imports, Total Supply, Exports, Total Use, Ending Stocks, Per Capita Disp.

U.S. Monthly Cattle On Feed

Source: USDA (NASS) Cattle On Feed Report

U.S. Monthly Cattle Slaughter/Production

Source: USDA (NASS) Livestock Slaughter Report

U.S. Monthly Beef Cold Storage

Source: USDA (NASS) Cold Storage Report

U.S. Beef Annual Supply & Disappearance

Source: USDA (ERS) WASDE Report









USDA FAS Export Sales Data:

All Data For The Current Marketing Year




20yrsSpot PriceWgt Fut PriceBasisVolatility (ANN)Forward Curve
Maximum171.98168.2819.6319.72%15.05%
Top 1/4tile121.43120.052.4715.18%4.24%
Median93.0094.99-0.3812.03%0.92%
Bot 1/4tile81.1381.74-2.3310.17%-3.47%
Minimum61.6562.93-16.855.75%-15.42%
10yrsSpot PriceWgt Fut PriceBasisVolatility (ANN)Forward Curve
Maximum171.98168.2819.6319.72%15.05%
Top 1/4tile129.87129.614.0316.15%3.30%
Median121.61120.080.2113.31%0.05%
Bot 1/4tile109.75109.17-2.0710.48%-4.20%
Minimum78.9583.46-16.856.29%-15.42%
5yrsSpot PriceWgt Fut PriceBasisVolatility (ANN)Forward Curve
Maximum171.98168.2819.6319.72%15.05%
Top 1/4tile146.75141.497.2017.04%1.22%
Median125.00119.721.8015.40%-2.44%
Bot 1/4tile117.00112.73-1.7812.56%-6.40%
Minimum78.9583.46-16.856.29%-15.42%
Source: ABSR Research, LLC, Commodity Systems Inc.

Source: ABSR Research, LLC, Commodity Systems Inc.

Source: ABSR Research, LLC, Commodity Systems Inc.

Source Data: ABSR Research, LLC, Commodity Systems Inc,  U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sources: USDA (Economic Research Service), WASDE, ABSR Research, LLC *Latest market year projected, current market year estimated.

Source: ABSR Research, LLC, Commodity Systems Inc.

Source: ABSR Research, LLC, Commodity Systems Inc.

Live Cattle Specifications:
CommodityLive Cattle
ExchangeCME Group (CME)
Base SymbolLC
CME Globex SymbolLE
Contract Unit40,000 pounds
QuotationCents per pound
Minimum Tick$.00025 per pound ($10)
Listed ContractsFeb (G), Apr (J), Jun (M), Aug (Q), Oct (V), Dec (Z)
Settlement TypeDeliverable
Last Trading DayLast business day of contract month. 12pm CT
Trading Hours:
ElectronicMon-Fri: 8:30am-1:05pm CT
Normal (Floor)Mon-Fri: 8:30am-1:05pm CT
Rule BookLink
Source: CME Group