* CME live cattle slide amid cash caution
* Live cattle losses weigh on feeder futures
* USDA cold storage report Thursday at 2 p.m.
* USDA monthly cattle-on-feed report due Friday
By Theopolis Waters
CHICAGO, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog
futures fell on Thursday in reaction to lower cash hog and pork
prices and a seasonal increase in hog supplies, traders and
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday morning
reported the average hog price in the closely watched
Iowa/Minnesota market fell $1.92 per hundredweight (cwt) from
Wednesday to $90.29.
Another USDA report on Thursday reported the wholesale pork
price, or cutout, at $99.95 per cwt, down $1.80 from Wednesday.
In that report the price of frozen pork bellies, which are made
into bacon, dropped $24.83.
Pork belly prices often drop in late summer as the
bacon-lettuce-tomato season winds down.
Heavier hog weights and higher slaughter numbers have
increased pork production at a time when the peak demand season
is drawing to a close, said independent livestock futures trader
From Monday to Thursday, packers processed 1.714 million
hogs, up 26,000 from last week and 12,000 more than a year
earlier, according to USDA.
Traders sold deferred hog contracts with the view that
lower-priced corn will increase hog production.
Fund liquidation developed when CME October and December
hogs fell below key moving averages. October hogs closed
down 1.425 cents at 84.400 cents per lb. That was below the
40-day moving average of 85.47 cents.
December hogs settled down 1.025 cents at 81.600
cents and under the 20- and 40-day moving averages, which
converged at 82.29 cents.
After the close USDA released its monthly cold storage
report. As of July 31, it showed 463.92 million lbs of beef in
storage, up slightly from 461.1 million a year ago; 545.26
million lbs of pork, down from 549.62 million a year ago; and
685.1 million lbs of chicken, versus 650.44 million a year ago.
CASH CAUTION WEAKENS LIVE CATTLE
CME live cattle futures settled lower as the lack of cash
cattle sales so far this week discouraged buyers, traders and
The recent pattern of packers purchasing cattle late on
Friday coupled with lower cash hog prices have weighed on both
markets in the second half of the week, Global Commodity
Analytics & Consulting president Mike Zuzolo said.
Cash cattle bids in the southern U.S. Plains stood at $121
per cwt versus $125 and higher asking prices from sellers,
feedlot sources said.
Last week, cash cattle in Texas and Kansas moved at $123 per
cwt, and in Nebraska at $125.
Bullish traders believe tight supplies and firm wholesale
beef prices will force packers to raise bids for cattle. Market
bears contend futures' recent pullback might keep a lid on cash
Thursday morning, the government quoted the wholesale choice
beef price at $195.92 per cwt, up 46 cents from Wednesday.
Select cuts jumped 87 cents to $185.31.
Investors adjusted positions before USDA's monthly
cattle-on-feed report on Friday.
Analysts polled by Reuters believe fewer feeder cattle and
expensive corn resulted in less U.S. cattle available for
Spot August live cattle closed 0.800 cent lower at
123.350 cents per lb. Most-actively traded October
closed down 0.775 cent to 127.200 cents.
CME feeder cattle closed flat to week pressured by live
cattle futures' losses.
Spot August feeder cattle closed at 155.450 cents,
down 0.125 cent per lb. Most-actively traded September
ended unchanged at 157.700 cents and October settled
down 0.075 cent to 160.000 cents.
(Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)