Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow to moderate on light demand in Nebraska through Thursday afternoon. Dressed trade was unevenly steady with the previous week at $173/cwt. There were a few live sales at $109, but too few to trend; $109-$110 last week.
Trade was limited on light demand in Kansas with a few live trades at $110, which was steady with the previous day and week.
Elsewhere, trade was mostly inactive on light demand, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live trade in the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday was at $110, steady to $1 lower than last week. Trade in Colorado on Wednesday was steady to $1 higher at $109-$110.
Last week, live sales in the western Corn Belt were at $108-$109; dressed trade at $173.
Although steady to weak cash prices are a disappointment this week, Live Cattle futures stabilized and gained Thursday, likely helped along by rising wholesale beef values. Feeder Cattle also continued to extend gains. Positioning ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report likely played a role, too.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 46¢ higher, from 2¢ higher at the back to $1.07 higher toward the front.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 72¢ higher, from 2¢ to $1.62 higher, except for unchanged in the back contract.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.29 higher Thursday afternoon at $221.20/cwt. Select was $3.00 higher at $210.28.
The average dressed steer weight the week ending Jan. 9 was 923 lbs., which was 3 lbs. heavier than the prior week and 19 lbs. heavier than the prior year, according to the USDA Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. The average dressed heifer weight of 851 lbs. was the same as a week earlier but 17 lbs. heavier than the same week a year earlier. Total cattle slaughter for the week of 652,330 head was 9,420 head more year over year. Beef production for the week of 549.1 million lbs. was 19.6 million lbs. more than the previous year.
Corn futures closed 1¢ to 3¢ higher through the front three contracts and then mostly unchanged to fractionally mixed.
Soybean futures closed 1¢ to 3¢ lower, except for fractionally higher to 2¢ higher in the front three contracts.