Feeder Cattle Futures

Agrimoney.com  Oct 16  Comment 
... says SocGen, while seeing potential for short-covering bounces in coffee, sugar prices. After all, commodities as a whole are in vogue
Agrimoney.com  Jun 15  Comment 
Feeder cattle supplies may not be as strong as they appear from bumper feedlot placements - which reflect a knock-on effect of low wheat prices
Agrimoney.com  Mar 7  Comment 
... at least according to Societe Generale, which unveils a fresh way of analysing fund position data, introducing the "mismatch"
Agrimoney.com  Oct 24  Comment 
Fewer animals being fattened up for slaughter, and seasonal buying before the holiday season, support cattle futures
Agrimoney.com  Jun 21  Comment 
Live and feeder cattle prices in Chicago seem to have found a floor, for the moment
Agrimoney.com  Sep 10  Comment 
Live and feeder cattle prices will fall next year, as a seasonal pasture decline pushes a backlog of cattle onto feedlots, Societe Generale says
Agrimoney.com  Jul 21  Comment 
In fact, beef signals suggest live cattle price revival. Should markets be worrying that feeder cattle are poised for a "multi-year bear market"?
Agrimoney.com  Jun 19  Comment 
Feedlots are "sandwiched" between rising feeder cattle prices, and less buoyant values of fattened animals - which may be reflected in data on Friday
Agrimoney.com  Jun 4  Comment 
Societe Generale raises its forecast for feeder cattle futures, but to levels below the futures curve, seeing improved supplies ahead
Benzinga  Feb 9  Comment 
Live Cattle Futures are trading sharply higher Monday and trading is firm. April Cattle is up 3.40 at 154.47. June Cattle is up 2.75 at 147.00. March Feeder Cattle is up 4.50 at 203.95. Lean hogs are trading lower Monday. April Hogs are down...


Feeder Cattle futures are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange under ticker symbol FC in cents per pound. For electronic trading sessions, the symbol GF is used.[1]

"Feeder Cattle" refers to the young animals (weighing between 650 and 849 pounds) that are sent to feedlots to be finished into "fed" cattle. This is different from live cattle, which are older cattle nearer to slaughter.

The chart at left shows front-month Feeder Cattle Futures prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in dollars per gallon.

Delivery Dates

Feeder Cattle futures are delivered every year in January, March, April, May, August, September, October, & November.[1]

The following is a table with feeder cattle futures delivery dates and resultant tickers for 2009. For an explanation on commodity tickers see commodity ticker construction.

Delivery Month Full Ticker Symbol Thomson-Reuters Symbol
January, 2009FCF9FC/F9-CM
March, 2009FCH9FC/H9-CM
April, 2009FCJ9FC/J9-CM
May, 2009FCK9FC/K9-CM
August, 2009FCQ9FC/Q9-CM
September, 2009FCU9FC/U9-CM
October, 2009FCV9FC/V9-CM
November, 2009FCX9FC/X9-CM

Contract Specifications

Contract Size

One Feeder Cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is 50,000 pounds.[1]

Daily Price Limit

$.03 per pound above or below the previous day's settlement price. [1]

Last Trading Day

Trading of Feeder Cattle futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ends on the last Thursday of the contract month with exceptions for November and other months, 12:00 p.m..[1]

Trading Hours

  • On the CME Globex electronic platform: Monday 9:05 AM through Friday 1:55 PM with daily trading halts from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, US Central Time.[1]
  • Open Outcry (pit session): Monday through Friday, 9:05 AM to 1:00 PM.[1]

Deliverable Grades

Deliverable Feeder Cattle grades for futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are: 650-849 pound steers, medium-large #1 and medium-large #1-2.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Chicago Mercantile Exchange's contract specification for Feeder Cattle futures
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