USDA Boxed Beef Cutout Midday Prices for December 30

December 30 (Bloomberg) -- This table details boxed beef cutout prices supplied daily by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prices and loads traded are as of 11:30 a.m. U.S. central time.

Prices are determined from cuts in dollars a hundredweight and vary between higher-quality choice cuts and select beef cuts for sale f.o.b. Omaha, Nebraska.

CHOICE SELECT

600-900 600-900 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current Cutout Values: 199.32 194.60 Change from prior day: 2.33 3.30 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Choice/Select spread: 4.72

Total Load Count (Cuts, Trimmings, Grids): 67 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- COMPOSITE PRIMAL VALUES Primal Rib 283.72 261.82 Primal Chuck 179.45 181.72 Primal Round 187.44 188.24 Primal Loin 246.66 230.81 Primal Brisket 139.70 140.63 Primal Short Plate 130.44 134.10 Primal Flank 97.71 97.73 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LOAD COUNT AND CUTOUT VALUE SUMMARY FOR PRIOR 5 DAYS

CHOICE SELECT Date Choice Select Trim Grinds Total 600-900 600-900 12/27 80 32 21 7 140 196.99 191.30 12/26 44 23 8 11 87 196.93 190.46 12/24 74 39 10 36 158 196.86 191.98 12/23 56 27 8 10 101 196.69 190.52 12/20 53 43 1 13 110 196.79 188.43 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Current 5 Day Simple Average: 196.85 190.54 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NATIONAL BOXED BEEF CUTS - NEGOTIATED SALES FOB Plant basis negotiated sales for delivery within 0-21 day period. Prior days sales after 1:30pm are included.

CURRENT VOLUME - (one load equals 40,000 pounds)

Choice Cuts 37.00 loads 1,479,858 pounds Select Cuts 13.88 loads 555,048 pounds Trimmings 0.00 loads 0 pounds Ground Beef 16.00 load 639,814 pounds ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Choice Cuts, Fat Limitations 1-6 (IM) = Individual Muscle IMPS/FL Sub-Primal # of Total Price Weighted

rades Pounds Range Average ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 109E 1 Rib, ribeye, lip-on, bn-in 18 66,283 525.60 580.00 530.80 112A 3 Rib, ribeye, bnls, light 10 12,079 592.25 631.50 613.15 112A 3 Rib, ribeye, bnls, heavy 18 67,927 567.25 625.00 589.32 113C 1 Chuck, semi-bnls, neck/off 114 1 Chuck, shoulder clod 114A 3 Chuck, shoulder clod, trmd 12 46,674 238.20 248.00 245.22 114D 3 Chuck, clod, top blade 114E 3 Chuck, clod, arm roast 11 51,265 256.00 310.00 284.86 114F 5 Chuck, clod tender (IM) 5 3,978 297.50 335.70 312.82 115 1 Chuck, 2-piece, boneless 116A 3 Chuck, roll, lxl, neck/off 24 124,290 257.00 290.60 277.26 116B 1 Chuck, chuck tender (IM) 11 11,803 233.20 250.15 241.28

3 Chuck roll, retail ready 120 1 Brisket, deckle-off, bnls 10 20,014 205.00 220.00 207.82 120A 3 Brisket, point/off, bnls 8 16,462 365.60 404.00 370.35 123A 3 Short Plate, short rib 23 34,868 438.88 549.00 482.59 130 4 Chuck, short rib 20 72,328 305.32 354.00 330.33 160 1 Round, bone-in 0 0 161 1 Round, boneless 7 9,058 249.00 271.30 251.49

3 Round, bnls/peeled heel-out 0 0 167A 4 Round, knuckle, peeled 28 71,891 254.50 271.00 257.78 168 1 Round, top inside round 7 12,330 223.00 239.70 230.06 168 3 Round, top inside round 6 10,498 240.00 250.00 246.98 169 5 Round, top inside, denuded 13 51,002 272.00 297.75 272.97

3 Round, top inside, side off 0 0 170 1 Round, bottom gooseneck 171B 3 Round, outside round 24 171,431 231.00 261.21 252.36 171C 3 Round, eye of round (IM) 22 32,868 265.00 280.65 269.16 174 1 Loin, short loin, 2x3 0 0 174 3 Loin, short loin, 0x1 13 67,855 442.00 475.00 456.63 175 3 Loin, strip loin, 1x1 180 1 Loin, strip, bnls, heavy

1 Loin, strip loin bnls. 1x1 180 3 Loin, strip, bnls, 0x1 15 34,936 470.00 511.00 485.78 184 1 Loin, top butt, bnls, heavy 184 3 Loin, top butt, boneless 15 107,160 285.00 298.00 286.52 185A 4 Loin, bottom sirloin, flap 12 12,079 360.00 395.00 382.32 185B 1 Loin, ball-tip, bnls, heavy 9 128,875 240.00 246.00 240.11 185C 1 Loin, sirloin, tri-tip (IM) 4 2,623 290.00 308.00 299.36 185D 4 Loin, tri-tip, pld (IM) 3 2,441 390.00 411.00 403.68 189A 4 Loin, tndrloin, trmd, heavy 24 45,699 930.00 1050.00 996.57 191A 4 Loin, butt tender, trimmed 7 5,280 949.25 1005.00 995.12 193 4 Flank, flank steak (IM) 10 25,151 359.95 380.00 362.47 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Select Cuts, Fat Limitations 1-6 (IM) = Individual Muscle IMPS/FL Sub-Primal # of Total Price Weighted

Trades Pounds Range Average ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 109E 1 Rib, ribeye, lip-on, bn-in 5 19,758 473.00 513.00 475.66 112A 3 Rib, ribeye, bnls, light 8 17,052 490.00 570.00 521.44 112A 3 Rib, ribeye, bnls, heavy 18 96,706 490.00 573.00 513.08 113C 1 Chuck, semi-bnls, neck/off 114 1 Chuck, shoulder clod 0 0 114A 3 Chuck, shoulder clod, trmd 4 2,558 220.00 248.00 238.71 114D 3 Chuck, clod, top blade 0 0 114E 3 Chuck, clod, arm roast 114F 5 Chuck, clod tender (IM) 0 0 115 1 Chuck, 2-piece, boneless 116A 3 Chuck, roll, lxl, neck/off 6 17,328 273.00 290.00 283.48 116B 1 Chuck, chuck tender (IM) 4 7,468 225.00 250.15 249.63

3 Chuck roll, retail ready 0 0 120 1 Brisket, deckle-off, bnls 7 21,991 200.00 220.00 210.57 120A 3 Brisket, point/off, bnls 123A 3 Short Plate, short rib 130 4 Chuck, short rib 3 3,910 323.06 330.00 326.73 160 1 Round, bone-in 0 0 161 1 Round, boneless 0 0

3 Round, bnls/peeled heel-out 0 0 167A 4 Round, knuckle, peeled 6 3,856 240.00 263.70 255.32 168 1 Round, top inside round 168 3 Round, top inside round 4 4,977 234.00 246.00 243.74 169 5 Round, top inside, denuded 0 0

3 Round, top inside, side off 170 1 Round, bottom gooseneck 3 3,065 220.00 235.00 230.38 171B 3 Round, outside round 7 18,494 244.07 260.00 249.23 171C 3 Round, eye of round (IM) 5 5,098 262.00 281.70 272.64 174 1 Loin, short loin, 2x3 0 0 174 3 Loin, short loin, 0x1 175 3 Loin, strip loin, 1x1 0 0 180 1 Loin, strip, bnls, heavy 0 0

1 Loin, strip loin bnls. 1x1 0 0 180 3 Loin, strip, bnls, 0x1 12 31,387 385.00 450.00 421.66 184 1 Loin, top butt, bnls, heavy 184 3 Loin, top butt, boneless 15 33,138 245.00 290.00 258.88 185A 4 Loin, bottom sirloin, flap 8 6,540 360.00 380.00 370.78 185B 1 Loin, ball-tip, bnls, heavy 3 14,558 237.00 251.00 240.39 185C 1 Loin, sirloin, tri-tip (IM) 185D 4 Loin, tri-tip, pld (IM) 0 0 189A 4 Loin, tndrloin, trmd, heavy 14 117,053 896.00 937.00 935.55 191A 4 Loin, butt tender, trimmed 4 1,221 900.00 985.00 914.48 193 4 Flank, flank steak (IM) 4 7,588 359.95 384.00 362.34 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHOICE, SELECT & UNGRADED CUTS FatLimitations 1-6 (IM) = Individual Muscle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 124 4 Rib, Back Ribs, Fresh 124 4 Rib, Back Ribs, Frozen 4 7,091 87.00 113.30 93.64 121D 4 Plate, Inside Skirt (IM) 6 5,729 330.00 340.00 334.94 121C 4 Plate, Outside Skirt (IM) 8 43,454 385.00 417.00 389.00 121E 6 Outside Skirt, pld (IM) 10 23,037 570.00 640.00 592.36

Cap, Wedge Meat & (IM) Lean 25 64,786 255.00 286.00 264.08

Pectoral Meat 6 13,585 270.60 285.00 279.86 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GB - STEER/HEIFER SOURCE - 10 Pound hub Basis - Coarse and Fine Grind ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ground Beef 73% 7 121,416 169.23 186.40 180.71 Ground Beef 75% Ground Beef 81% 10 47,533 188.55 210.87 201.61 Ground Beef 85% 0 0 Ground Beef 90% Ground Beef 93% 10 75,708 275.87 286.00 283.37 Ground Beef Chuck 80% 8 108,744 208.76 226.21 221.00 Ground Beef Round 85% 6 44,822 240.00 253.00 251.32 Ground Beef Sirloin 90% ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BLENDED GB - STEER/HEIFER/COW SOURCE- 10 Pound Chub Basis - Coarse & Fine Grind ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Blended Ground Beef 73% Blended Ground Beef 75% 0 0 Blended Ground Beef 81% 6 130,100 190.75 218.00 217.59 Blended Ground Beef 85% Blended Ground Beef 90% 0 0 Blended Ground Beef 93% Blended Ground Beef Chuck 80% 0 0 Blended Ground Beef Round 85% 0 0 Blended Ground Beef Sirloin 90% 0 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BEEF TRIMMINGS - STEER/HEIFER SOURCE - Fresh Combos & Frozen Boxed -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fresh 50% lean trimmings 0 0 Frozen 50% lean trimmings 0 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FAT LIMITATIONS (FL) DESCRIPTION Maximum Average Fat Thickness Maximum Fat at any point 1. 3/4" (19mm) 1.0" 2. 1/4" (6mm) 1/2" 3. 1/8" (3mm) 1/4" 4. Practically free (75% surface lean exposed) 1/8" 5. Peeled/Denuded 1/8" 6. Peeled/Denuded, surface membrane removed 1/8" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Items that have no entries indicate there were trades but not reportable because they did not meet the daily 3/70/20 guideline. Please refer to weekly LM_XB459 as the item may qualify. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A cutout value is an average of the prices tallied for cuts of beef from cattle carcasses weighing 550-850 pounds. Cutout values are separated into three main product types. Fabricated loads are beef cuts taken from an animal's ribs, chuck, round, loin, brisket, short plate and flank; 50 percent loads are 50 percent lean beef trimmings. Ground loads may contain 73, 75, or 80 percent ground beef. A typical refrigerated truckload carries 40,000 pounds.

Choice 1-3 grade is a better grade than Select 1-3, partly because Choice cuts have more fat, or marbling, than Select cuts.

Grade quality is determined using a 1-5 yield grade scale. A rating of 1 is the highest ratio of muscle to fat, while 5 is the lowest. Marbling is an important flavor factor.

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