Historical Feeder Cattle Intraday Data (FCA)

Historical Intraday Feeder Cattle Futures Data (FCA)

Contract Specs:

Feeder Cattle (FCA)
Exchange: Globex
Sector: Meat
Tick Size: 0.025
Tick Value: 5 USD
BPV: 200
Denomination: USD
Decimal Place: 3

Symbol Dates:

Data Type Start Date End Date Sample Data
Daily: 2005 Mar 23 Current Download
Intraday: 2005 Mar 23 Current Download
Tick – Trades Only: 2005 Mar 23 Current Download
Tick – Level 1: 2005 Mar 23 Current Download

Feeder Cattle Facts

Feeder Cattle futures contracts refer to the trading of cattle between the weights of 600-800 pounds (270-360 kilograms). These cattle are sent to feedlots where they put on weight until they reach 1000-1300 pounds (450-590 kilograms). Once they reach this threshold, they become live cattle ready for trading on the live cattle futures contracts. Feeder Cattle futures are traded on the Globex exchange.

There are many factors which can cause the price of beef to fluctuate, below are a few examples:

  • Weather – Warm dry weather reduces the cattle’s appetite, slowing the rate at which they gain weight.
  • Disease – Any cattle who become sick with diseases such as “mad cow disease” cannot be sold on, reducing supply and increasing the price of beef.
  • Food – The price of corn and feed can cause the prices of beef to fluctuate. As the cattle becomes more expensive to feed, farmers sell the cattle earlier increasing the supply of beef lowering the price.

Sources: RJO Futures

Feeder Cattle Historical Futures Data – Format Details

Portara provides historical intraday futures to CTAs, hedge funds, portfolio managers, quants and traders and institutions.

Feeder Cattle futures data can be split into three main headings:

  • Daily futures data – which includes either the last price or the settlement
  • Intraday futures data – which includes trade volume
  • Tick data – which can include the bid, ask and settle

You can purchase historical feeder cattle intraday data as individual contracts or in a continuous form.

Continuous 1 minute futures data can be formatted into back-adjusted, forward-adjusted, ratio adjusted and zero adjusted series. Portara can create bespoke rules for each feeder cattle futures contract based on volume, open interest, tick size and calendar date variations. Control delivery month combinations, timezone settings and timestamps that follow exchange or local time globally for any location.

Portara’s standard feeder cattle daily futures data is made up of five data points – open, high, low, last-price and settle. Simply choose to have the daily close based on the last price or the settle depending on whether you wish follow extended sessions or just the day session.

Portara’s feeder cattle intraday futures data is supplied as default in 1-minute bar. However, you may also choose other bar granularities such as 2 minute bar, 3 minute bar, 5 minute bar, 10 minute bar, 15 minute bar, 30 minute bar, hourly bar etc. You can also have us extract daily data straight from the intraday database. In this case, you would choose the session (even if you need to cross midnight) and we can supply the custom feeder cattle daily futures data between only between the custom session markers you choose.

Portara provides feeder cattle tick data in ‘Trades Only’ form or as ‘Level 1’ tick data, which includes the bids and asks. Download the tick data samples above. Our default format timestamp is to the millisecond. Feeder Cattle tick data includes price, the trade volume, and other trade indicators such as bid, ask, trade and settle.

Remember to compare the file size of trades only data to level 1 tick data as they can vary by factors of 10 to 100 fold. If you have questions simply email us and one of our technicians will guide you.


All of our historical data is updated on a daily basis four times per day at the end of the Asian, European, Early US and Globex session. Portara’s enterprise software solution provides timely updates to your data, along with compression, roll and custom formatting features on CQG deep history databases. Feeder Cattle historical data updates are usually ready around half an hour after markets close. No exchange fees or other CQG products are necessary.

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