Negotiated cash fed cattle trade remained largely undeveloped through USDA’s late-afternoon report Friday. There were some live sales in the western Corn Belt at $115/cwt., unevenly steady with Wednesday’s $114-$116, which was $1-$2 higher than the previous week. There was some early dressed trade in Nebraska at $183, but too few transactions to trend; prices the previous week were at $180-$185, mostly $185.
Live Cattle futures firmed on Friday (17¢ lower to 32¢ higher), supported by the steady to higher feel in the cash market.
Feeder Cattle futures softened amid continued lackluster trade and perhaps some month-end position squaring. Except for 7¢ lower in the back two contracts, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 60¢ lower.
Though futures prices remain channel-bound, there continue to be expectations for a secondary boost, if and when China and the U.S. settle their trade differences. The notion is that China’s ongoing problems with African Swine Fever mean that nation needs to import lots more pork, potentially significantly more from the U.S. President Trump and China’s President Xi Jingping were scheduled to meet over the weekend during the G20 Summit.
Wholesale beef values were steady on moderate demand and offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was even with the previous day Thursday afternoon at $212.61/cwt. Select was 12¢ lower at $198.41.