Cattle futures closed mostly lower Wednesday, apparently with spillover pressure from apparent long liquidation in grain futures.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 88¢ lower (32¢ to $1.15 lower).
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 27¢ lower, except for an average of 58¢ higher in the front three contracts.
Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was limited on light to moderate demand in all regions through Wednesday afternoon, with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Last week, live prices were $170/cwt. in the Southern Plains, mostly $176 in Nebraska and $175-$177 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $280.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.32 lower Wednesday afternoon at $298.15/cwt. Select was $1.46 lower at $282.89/cwt.
Grain and Soybean futures tumbled Wednesday. At least from a psychologic perspective, widespread selling appeared to be tied to the U.N. Secretary General’s announcement that Russia agreed to extend the Black Sea Grain initiative for another 60 days (see below). As well, private exporters reported the cancellation of sales of 272,000 metric tons of corn for delivery to China during the 2022/2023 marketing year.
Corn futures closed mostly 5¢ to 9¢ lower.
KC HRW Wheat closed mostly 12¢ to 20¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed mostly 15¢ to 19¢ lower.