Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand in the Southern Plains through Wednesday afternoon. Live prices were steady to $1.50 higher in the Texas Panhandle at mostly $119/cwt. There were a few live trades in Kansas at $120, but too few to trend; $119 last week.
Trade was limited on light demand in Nebraska. Dressed trade was at $191, steady with the previous day and $1 to $3 higher than last week. There were a few live trades at $120, but too few to trend; $118 last week.
Elsewhere, trade was mostly inactive on light demand.
Live prices in the western Corn Belt Tuesday were $118-$120, compared to $119 last week. Dressed prices last week were $187-$190.
Cattle feeders offered 2,469 head in Central Stockyards’ weekly Fed Cattle Exchange Auction. Of those, 1,588 head sold (1,114 heifers and 474 steers) for a weighted average price of $119.93/cwt., via live weight and bid-the-grid. The majority was from Texas.
Slaughter steers sold $1-$2 higher at Sioux Falls Regional in South Dakota and slaughter heifers traded steady to $1 higher. There were 168 Choice 3-4 steers weighing an average of 1,534 lbs., bringing an average of $119.56.
Choice steers and heifers sold $4.25 to $5.75 higher at the fat auction in Tama, IA. There were 152 Choice 2-4 steers weighing an average of 1,442 lbs., bringing an average of $125.65.
Feeder Cattle futures continued their nascent rally Wednesday, supported by more optimistic projections of the balance sheet for corn, in the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Live Cattle closed narrowly mixed with some likely profit taking and sharply lower outside markets.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 38¢ higher, except unchanged in two contracts and down an average of 12¢ in two.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.79 higher ($1.42 higher at the front of the board to $2.20 higher at the back).
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.71 higher Wednesday afternoon at $315.08/cwt. Select was 82¢ higher at $297.16.
The monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (see below) stoked Soybean futures Wednesday, but dampened new-crop Corn futures.
Corn futures closed mostly 13¢ to 18¢ lower through the new crop year and then mostly 2¢ to 9¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed 11¢ to 23¢ higher through Jan ‘22, then mostly 15¢ to 17¢ lower.