Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in all major cattle feeding regions through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live sales were steady with the prior week at $114/cwt. in the Southern Plains. There were a few live sales at $114 in Nebraska and a few in the western Corn Belt at $115, but too few to trend.
Prices last week were $113-$114 in Nebraska on a live basis and at $112-$115 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was at $180.
Cattle feeders offered 1,518 head of Southern Plains steers and heifers in Central Stockyards’ special Fed Cattle Exchange auction on Thursday. Of those, 737 head sold (5 lots), via live weight and Bid-the-Grid for $114/cwt. The exception was 41 head bringing $113.75.
Cattle futures closed mixed but mostly lower Thursday, pressured again by supply chain disruptions and uncertainty about post-storm impacts. Positioning ahead of Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report also could have been in play.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 70¢ lower (17¢ to $1.22 lower), except for an average of 32¢ higher in the back three contracts.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 48¢ lower, except from unchanged to an average of 8¢ higher in three contracts.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.34 higher Thursday afternoon at $238.85/cwt. Select was $1.83 higher at $227.47.
The average dressed steer weight the week ending Feb. 6 was 919 lbs., which was 1 lb. lighter than the previous week but 16 lbs. heavier than the same time a year earlier, according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. The average dressed heifer weight of 848 lbs. was 5 lbs. lighter week to week but 14 lbs. heavier year over year. Total fed cattle slaughter for the week of 509,053 head was 16,884 head more than the same week last year.
Corn futures closed mixed, mostly from 1¢ lower to 1¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed 6¢ to 8¢ lower through the front four contracts, then 2¢ lower to mostly 2¢ to 4¢ higher.