Negotiated cash fed cattle trade remained mostly undeveloped through Friday afternoon, according to USDA reports. There was some light to moderate trade in the western Corn Belt at $115-$117/cwt., which was $1 higher than the previous week. Early dressed sales were steady at $183-$185. By late in the day, AMS reported some dressed trade in Nebraska at $187, which was $2-$4 more than the previous week.
Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed in choppy trade.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 22¢ higher, except for 5¢ to 27¢ lower at either end of the board.
Other than 17¢ higher in spot Jan, Feeder Cattle futures closed unchanged to an average of 22¢ lower.
Wholesale beef values were higher to sharply higher on good demand and moderate to heavy offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.62 higher Friday afternoon at $214.29/cwt. Select was $2.28 higher at $200.50.