Negotiated cash fed cattle trade remained mostly undeveloped through Friday afternoon, based on USDA reports, but indications were for steady to higher prices.
For instance, although too few to trend, a few early trades were reported in the Western Corn Belt at $124.50-$128.00/cwt. on a live basis and at $202 in the beef. That’s 50¢ to $2 higher on a live basis and $2-$3 more dressed.
Through Thursday, the 5-area direct price was averaging steady with the previous week at $125.
Live Cattle futures inched higher Friday, while Feeder Cattle were narrowly mixed.
After $1.05 higher in spot Feb, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 20¢ higher.
Except for an average of 26¢ higher in the back three contracts, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 17¢ lower.
Corn futures closed unchanged to fractionally mixed.
Soybean futures closed fractionally mixed to 1¢ lower.
Wholesale beef values were higher on good demand and light offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.32 higher Friday afternoon at $219.39/cwt. Select was 94¢ higher at $212.35.