Cattle futures softened Thursday with the lack of direction in weekly cash fed cattle prices and perhaps with some positioning ahead of Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 82¢ lower (2¢ lower toward the back to $1.40 lower near the front), except for 35¢ higher in the back contract.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 75¢ lower.
Corn futures continued to soften — mostly 4¢ to 5¢ lower — with the wetter outlook for Argentina.
Soybean futures closed 8¢ to 10¢ lower through Jan ‘24. And then mostly 2¢ to 5¢ lower.
Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand through Thursday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were some early live trades in Kansas at $155/cwt., as well as some early dressed sales at $248-$249 in Nebraska and $248 in the western Corn Belt.
Last week were $156/cwt. on a live basis in the Southern Plains, $156-$157 in Nebraska and $158 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $250-$252.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.57 lower Thursday afternoon at $271.51/cwt. Select was $1.83 higher at $255.69/cwt.