Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in Colorado through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Elsewhere, it was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend.
For the week so far:
Texas Panhandle: $110-$111/cwt.
Nebraska: $109-$110 on a live basis; $172 dressed.
Western Corn Belt: $108-$109 on a live basis; $173-$174 dressed.
Cattle futures were mixed Thursday, with Feeder Cattle losing ground beneath the weight of another surge higher in grain prices, while more positive supply fundamentals in the second quarter helped bolster deferred Live Cattle.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 68¢ higher, except for an average of 19¢ lower in the front three.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 64¢ lower except for 15¢ higher in the back contract.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.37 higher Thursday afternoon at $213.37/cwt. Select was $2.01 higher at $201.07.
Strong exports continue to support corn and soybean prices, according to the latest USDA U.S. Export Sales report for the week ending Jan. 7.
Net U.S. corn export sales of 1.44 million metric tons (mt) for 2020-21 were 92% more than the previous week and 34% more than the prior four-week average.
Net U.S. soybean export sales of 908,000 mt for 2020-21 were up noticeably from the previous week and up 93% from the prior four-week average.
Corn futures closed 9¢ to 10¢ higher through the front three contracts, and then 1¢ to 5¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed 20¢ to 25¢ higher through Jan ‘22, and then mostly 10¢ to 16¢ higher.