Upward Pressure on Beef Prices

In the region climatic effects and problems of smuggling have caused scarcity and a rise in cattle prices, the same as is occurring on the international market.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Added to the shortage of cattle is a decline in sales, both regionally and internationally, where "...Stock market contracts for cattle on July 13 performed positively, rising to the maximum limit allowed by the exchange of $3 and almost $4 ", reports Panamaamerica.com.pa.

"... Cattle futures traded higher, while the wholesale cuts were a little lower and more seasonal weakness are expected during the month of July, said the country's Institute of Agricultural Marketing (Mida) . "

"... According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), net sales of beef cuts were 6,600 by 2015, 42% less than in the previous week. "

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