Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in Nebraska through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were a few live trades at $114/cwt., and a few in the beef at $182, but too few to trend.
There were also a few dressed trades in the western Corn Belt at $182, but too few to trend.
Last week, live sales were at $114 in the Southern Plains and Nebraska; $114-$115 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $180-$182.
Cattle feeders offered 790 head (6 lots) in Central Stockyards’ special Fed Cattle Exchange auction Thursday, all from the Southern Plains. None sold. Reserve prices were $115-$116 and bids were $114.25 to $114.50.
Cattle futures closed mixed Thursday. Weaker Corn futures, tied to lower export sales and profit taking, helped Feeder Cattle.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 35¢ higher.
Sharply lower outside markets, the continued lack of cash direction and weaker export sales helped to mostly pressure Live Cattle.
Net U.S. beef export sales of 8,500 metric tons for 2021 were 63% less than the previous week and 66% less than the prior four-week average, according to the U.S. Export Sales report for the week ending Feb. 18. Increases were primarily for South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and Taiwan.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 33¢ lower, except for an average of 17¢ higher in three contracts.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 36¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $240.39/cwt. Select was $1.00 lower at $228.79.
The average dressed steer weight the week ending Feb. 13 was 919 lbs., the same as a week earlier, but 14 lbs. heavier than the previous year, according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. The average dressed heifer weight of 850 lbs. was 2 lbs. heavier than the prior week and 17 lbs. heavier than the previous year. Fed cattle slaughter of 468,241 head was 40,812 head less than the previous week; 20,542 head less than the prior year.
Corn futures closed 3¢ to 7¢ lower through Sep ‘21, and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed 5¢ to 18¢ lower through Jan ‘22, and then mostly fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.