Pending all relevant CFTC regulatory review periods, revisions to the delivery specifications and procedures for the Live Cattle futures contract will be effective beginning with the August 2014 contract month and for subsequent contract months when listed. The August 2014 contract month for Live Cattle futures and options will be listed for trading on Monday, July 1, 2013. The October 2014 contract month, which was delayed previously and the listing of the December 2014 contract month, also scheduled for July 1, will be delayed pending consideration of further changes in the futures contract specifications.
Effective with the August 2014 contract month and subsequent contract months, the futures contract delivery specifications will change as follows:
Maximum deliverable individual live weight: the maximum deliverable individual live weight will increase to 1,550 pounds from 1,500 pounds with a market-based discount for live animals weighing 1,500 to 1,550 pounds (based on discounts for carcasses weighing 900-1000 lbs. as noted in the relevant USDA weekly report).
Premium/discount for carcass characteristics: a) payments will be made upon receipt of visual and final carcass grade/yield results, b) the fixed 20% discount for certain light and heavy carcass weights will be eliminated and c) all the newly revised weight categories and market-based price information for premiums and discounts on carcass weights from the relevant USDA weekly report will be utilized.
Delivery scheduling: a) Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve scheduling will be eliminated for live delivery, b) Saturday scheduling will be eliminated for carcass delivery, c) the contraction of the delivery scheduling period that occurs for tenders submitted on and after the last trading day will be eliminated and d) one (1) business day will be added to both the notice period and scheduling window for all deliveries.
Rule amendments for the futures contract are attached.
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Live Cattle Futures
10103. SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES
10103.A. Sources and Calculation of Adjustment Factors
Quality grade adjustments for all delivery units will make use of the live weight equivalent of the Choice-Select boxed beef spread calculated from information reported by USDA (in $/cwt.) for the day of tender in the National Daily Boxed Beef Cutout and Boxed Beef Cuts – Negotiated Sales – Afternoon report. This is referred to hereafter as the Live Equivalent Choice-Select Spread (LECSS) and is computed by subtracting the “Selected Boxed Beef Cut-Out Value” from the “Choice Boxed Beef Cut-Out Value” and multiplying that result by 0.0063.
The USDA By-Product Drop Value report for the day of tender shall serve as the source of information for calculating the condemned liver factor used in carcass-graded deliveries. The condemned liver factor shall equal the reported liver value (in $/cwt.) multiplied by -0.01.
In addition, quality grade, yield grade and carcass weight adjustments will make use of factors calculated from values reported by USDA (in $/cwt.) in the 5-Area Weekly Weighted Average Direct Slaughter Cattle – Premiums and Discounts report. The Prime, Standard, Yield Grade 1, Yield Grade 2, Yield Grade 4, Yield Grade 5, 550-600 lbs. 900-
950 lbs. and 950-1000 lbs. factors are calculated by multiplying the reported weighted average for the corresponding category by 0.0063. If a quality grade or yield grade is broken into subcategories on this report, then the factor for that quality or yield grade shall be the simple average of all reported averages for the subcategories in that category multiplied by 0.0063. The most recently issued report with respect to the day a Certificate is tendered shall be used to calculate the factors for that delivery unit. When a Certificate is tendered on the same day that a new report is issued, that new report shall be used in factor calculation regardless of the time of day that the report is released.
The sub-Standard factor shall equal -25% of the tender day settlement price.
Should the USDA determine that an error exists in any of the reports used to calculate adjustment factors and subsequently issues a corrected report, that corrected report shall be used in place of the original.
10103.B. Live Graded Deliveries
1. Delivery Days
Delivery may be made on any Business Day of the contract month, and the first
seven Business Days in the succeeding calendar month, provided a Certificate has been tendered as prescribed in Rule 10104.A., except that live graded deliveries may not be made prior to the seventh Business Day following the first Friday of the contract month.
4. Par Delivery and Substitutions
a. Par Delivery Unit. A par delivery unit is 40,000 pounds of USDA estimated Yield Grade 3, 55% Choice, 45% Select quality grade live steers, with no individual animal weighing less than 1,050 pounds or more than 1,500 pounds.
Par delivery units shall have an estimated average hot yield of 63%.
All cattle contained in a delivery unit shall be healthy. No cattle which are unmerchantable, such as crippled, sick, obviously damaged or bruised, or which for any reason do not appear to be in satisfactory condition to withstand shipment by truck shall be deliverable. No cattle showing a predominance of dairy breeding or showing a prominent hump on the forepart of the body shall be deliverable. Such determinations shall be made by the grader and shall be binding on all parties.
b. Weight Deviations. Steers weighing less than 1,050 pounds or more than
1,500 pounds shall not be deliverable. The judgment of the grader as to such overweight or underweight cattle shall be final.
10103.C. Carcass Graded Deliveries
A buyer assigned a Certificate of Delivery may call for delivery of the cattle to an approved slaughter plant corresponding to the stockyards designated in the Certificate, or to any other approved slaughter plant within 200 miles of the feedlot from which the cattle originate. For the purposes of Chapter 101, a feedlot shall be defined as any location where cattle are confined to a pen and provided access to feed and water including, but not limited to, commercial feeding operations, farmer feeding operations and stockyards.
Final grading will reflect actual carcass results. If the buyer elects carcass grading, slaughter shall not occur prior to the
second Business Day following the buyer’s notification of the CME Clearing House. The Clearing House must be notified by 10:00 a.m. on the second Business Day prior to the day of slaughter of the buyer's election of carcass grading, the approved slaughter plant and slaughter day, and whether the buyer consents to a Large Lot Delivery Unit if elected by the seller under Rule 10103.C.5.f.
Upon arrival at the slaughter plant, cattle must be allowed access to water.
2. Delivery Days
Delivery may be made on any
day of the contract month on which the approved slaughter plant selected by the buyer is in operation, and on the first seven Business Days in the succeeding calendar month, provided a Certificate has been tendered as prescribed in Rule 10104.A., and provided proper notification has been given to the Clearing House as prescribed in Rule 10103.C.1., except that carcass graded deliveries may not be made prior to the fourth Business Day following the first Friday of the contract month
Upon the seller's fulfillment of delivery to the slaughter plant selected by the buyer, the Clearing House shall release 90% of the funds to the seller. Remaining funds will be released to the seller upon the completion of final carcass grade and yield results. Title to each delivered unit shall pass to the buyer when the delivered unit is weighed and placed in a holding pen for slaughter at the approved slaughter plant selected by the buyer.
5. Par Delivery and Substitutions
550 pounds or more than 1000 pounds
10104. PROCEDURES FOR TENDER, DEMAND, RETENDER, RECLAIM, AND ASSIGNMENT OF CERTIFICATES OF DELIVERY
10104.A. Tendering a Certificate
A clearing member representing a short may present a Certificate of Delivery (on a form prescribed by the Clearing House) to the Clearing House no later than 4:30 p.m. on any Business Day except that Certificates may not be tendered:
1. On or before the first Friday of the contract month;
2. After the third Business Day after expiration.
A Certificate of Delivery is a commitment to deliver cattle conforming with contract specifications at the delivery point designated in the Certificate, or at a corresponding approved slaughter plant selected by the buyer, if the Certificate is not reclaimed.
tendered before the termination of trading requires delivery on the sixth Business Day that is also a delivery day following the tender of that Certificate, if the buyer elects live grading. If the buyer elects carcass grading, the Certificate requires delivery at the option of the buyer on any day the slaughter plant is in operation between the third Business Day and the sixth Business Day, inclusive, following tender of that Certificate.
A Certificate tendered on or after the day trading terminates requires delivery on the fourth Business Day that is also a delivery day following the tender of that Certificate, if the buyer elects live grading. If the buyer elects carcass grading, the Certificate requires delivery at the option of the buyer on the third Business Day or fourth Business Day following tender of that Certificate , or on an intervening day that the slaughter plant is in operation .
A Certificate must include the name, location, business address, and telephone number of the feedlot from which the cattle originate. A Certificate must also include: (1) the distance between the feedlot and the stockyards to which the cattle are tendered for delivery; (2) the distance between the feedlot and the approved slaughter plants corresponding to the stockyards to which the cattle are tendered for delivery; and (3) any other approved slaughter plants within 200 miles of the feedlot and the distances to such approved slaughter plants.
The seller is responsible for determining, in advance of tendering a Certificate, if the delivery point stockyards will be able to accommodate a live-graded delivery on the
sixth Business Day following the day of tender (fourth Business Day following the day of tender if tender is on or after the last Trading Days) should the buyer request one. If the buyer requests a live-graded delivery which the stockyards is unable to accommodate, then this will be deemed a failure by the seller to present a load of cattle for USDA grading under Rule 10103.B.8. In addition, the Exchange may prohibit deliveries on certain days for certain locations at which it deems deliveries would not be feasible due to auctions or other activities.