Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Trade last week was steady in the Southern Plains at $114/cwt. on a live basis, $1-$2 higher in Nebraska at $113-$114 and steady to $1 higher in the western Corn Belt at $112-$115. Dressed trade was steady to $2 higher at $180.
Futures markets closed mixed but mainly higher Tuesday, with Feeder Cattle fading pressure from surging grain futures and Live Cattle helped by higher wholesale beef values and recently increasing open interest.
Live Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 41¢ lower in four contracts (5¢ lower at the back to $1.05 lower in spot Feb) to an average of 31¢ higher.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 78¢ higher, except for an average of 10¢ lower in the front three contracts.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.33 higher Tuesday afternoon at $234.77/cwt. Select was 62¢ higher at $222.03.
Grain futures surged, led by wheat and concerns about winter kill from the severe weather.
Corn futures closed 11¢ to 13¢ higher through Sep ‘21, 7¢ to 9¢ higher through the next four contracts and then mostly 3¢ to 4¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 17¢ higher.