Beef output continues to decline

In this weekly Commodities Watch column, John T. Barone, president and commodities analyst for Market Vision Inc., offers a snapshot of the state of commodities for restaurants.

Friday’s USDA cattle report showed feedlot inventories at 11.07 million head, a decrease of 6.2 percent from a year ago. Feedlot numbers are likely to continue falling as smaller feeder-cattle supplies foretell declining placements through spring.

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