Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was steady to $2 lower on a live basis through Wednesday afternoon at $115/cwt. in the Texas Panhandle and at $114-$115 in Kansas. Dressed sales in Nebraska were mainly steady with last week at $185-$186.
Only 309 head (three lots) were offered in the weekly Fed Cattle Exchange auction; none sold.
Cattle futures continued to leak lower amid sluggish trade.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 36¢ lower.
Except for $1.07 higher in expiring May, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 24¢ lower.
Wholesale beef values were steady on Choice and lower on Select with light to moderate demand and moderate to heavy offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 17¢ higher Wednesday afternoon at $219.75/cwt. Select was 77¢ lower at $205.81.
Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher toward the front of the board and then mostly fractionally higher.
Soybean futures closed 5¢ to 6¢ higher.