Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all major cattle feeding regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Live prices last week were at $114/cwt. and dressed trade was at $182.
The weekly five-area direct average fed steer price last week was $114.07/cwt., which was even with the previous week but 78¢ less than the previous year. The average five-area dressed steer price was $181.63, which was $1.06 more than the previous week but $3.15 less than the previous year.
Cattle futures extended losses Monday, with pressure including last week’s steady cash prices, the outlook for steady money this week and expectations for declining wholesale beef values.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 47¢ lower, except for unchanged to an average of 8¢ higher in three contracts.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 70¢ lower (10¢ lower toward the back to $1.47 lower in spot Mar), except for 50¢ higher in the back contract.
Boxed beef cutout value: Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.50 lower Monday afternoon at $239.03/cwt. Select was $2.09 lower at $227.64.
Grain Futures softened Monday, pressured by the stronger U.S. Dollar and recently weaker export sales.
Corn futures closed 8¢ to 9¢ lower through the front three contracts, 1¢ to 5¢ lower through the next five and then 1¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed 9¢ to 13¢ lower through Aug’21, and then mostly 1¢ to 4¢ higher.