Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in the Texas Panhandle and Colorado through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Elsewhere, it was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend.
For the week, despite hopes for gains, prices through Friday afternoon were generally unevenly steady.
Southern Plains: steady at $112/cwt.
Nebraska: steady to $1 lower on a live basis at $110-$111; steady to $1 higher in the beef at $176.
Colorado: Steady to $1 higher on a live basis at $112.
Western Corn Belt: steady to $2 lower on a live basis at $110; steady to $1 higher in the beef at $175-$177.
Through Thursday, the average five-area direct fed steer price was 1¢ higher on a live basis at $111.49/cwt. The average steer price in the beef was 47¢ higher at $176.02.
Cattle futures closed lower Friday. Pressure included demand uncertainty and continued grain market strength.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 17¢ lower, except for 5¢ higher in Oct.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 52¢ lower.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 99¢ higher Friday afternoon at $206.80/cwt. Select was 10¢ higher at $196.69.
Corn futures closed 1¢ to 2¢ higher through the front four contracts and then mostly 1¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 19¢ higher through Sep ‘21 and then mostly 4¢ to 8¢ higher.