Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light demand in all feeding regions through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service, with too few transactions to trend.
For the week, live prices are steady in the Southern Plains at $138/cwt., but steady to $2 lower at $138-$140 in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade is also steady to $2 lower at $220.
Cattle futures inched higher Thursday, although skittishness remains concerning recently slower cattle harvest amid anecdotal reports of increasing health challenges among workers.
Live Cattle futures closed an average 34¢ higher, except for an average of 12¢ lower in two contracts.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average 69¢ higher, except for 32¢ lower in Sep.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.63 higher Thursday afternoon at $268.56/cwt. Select was $1.03 higher at $260.64/cwt.
Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 7¢ lower through Aug ‘22 and then mostly 7¢ to 14¢ higher.
Corn futures closed 1¢ to 4¢ higher at either end of the board and fractionally mixed to 8¢ higher in the middle.