Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in Kansas through Wednesday afternoon at $114/cwt. on a live basis, which was steady with last week.
Trade was also slow on light demand in the western Corn Belt with early dressed sales steady to $2 higher at $180. Live prices there last week were at $112-$114.
Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Last week: live prices in the Texas Panhandle and Nebraska were at mostly $114; dressed trade in Nebraska was at $178-$180.
Cattle feeders offered 1,251 head (10 lots) in Central Stockyards’ weekly Fed Cattle Exchange auction. Of those, 518 head (four lots) from the Southern Plains sold for a weighted average price of $114/cwt., via live weight and Bid-the-Grid. That was steady with the previous week’s country trade in the region.
Slaughter steers and heifers sold $3-$5 higher at Sioux Falls Regional in South Dakota. There were 147 head of Choice 3-4 steers weighing an average of 1,548 lbs., bringing an average of $113.79. That was at the upper end of last week’s country price for the region.
Cattle futures closed mixed on Wednesday. Sharply lower Corn futures helped boost Feeder Cattle, while softer Choice wholesale beef values and demand uncertainty pressured Live Cattle.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 87¢ lower, from 55¢ lower to $1.32 lower.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 39¢ higher, from 10¢ to 85¢ higher
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.27 lower Wednesday afternoon at $233.02/cwt. Select was 23¢ higher at $220.96.
Grain futures fell hard on Wednesday, with likely profit taking following the WASDE report leaving South American production unchanged, whereas the trade expected a reduction.
Corn futures closed 11¢ to 21¢ lower through the front four contracts, 5¢ to 8¢ lower through the next five contracts and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed 24¢ to 47¢ lower through Jan ‘22, 12¢ to 18¢ lower through the next five contracts and then mostly 8¢ lower.