Negotiated cash fed cattle traded ended up steady in the Southern Plains at $109/cwt. on a live basis. It was $1-$2 higher at $113.00-$113.50 in Nebraska and at $112-$114 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was steady to $2 higher at $180.
Through Thursday, the weighted average 5-Area Direct price for steers was 59¢ higher than the prior week at $111.17/cwt. on a live basis. The dressed price was 74¢ higher at $180.10.
Cattle futures closed sharply higher Friday, helped along by sluggish trade and higher cash fed cattle prices in the North.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.18 higher (67¢ to $1.77 higher).
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.41 higher ($1.10 to $2.25 higher in spot Aug).
Wholesale beef values were weak to lower on light demand and moderate to heavy offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.58 lower Friday afternoon at $217.67/cwt. Select was 56¢ lower at $194.80.
Corn futures closed fractionally higher to 2¢ higher through Jul ‘20, and then mostly unchanged to 2¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 14¢ lower.