Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on light demand to limited on light demand through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
So far this week, live prices are $1 higher in the Southern Plains at $171/cwt., $2-$4 higher in Nebraska at $180-$182 and $4-$5 higher in the western Corn Belt at $182. Dressed prices are $4-$5 higher in Nebraska at $285-$286 and $3-$5 higher in the western Corn Belt at $285.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.64 higher Thursday afternoon at $299.94/cwt. Select was 75¢ higher at $284.54/cwt.
Cattle futures continued to edge higher Thursday, supported by the week’s stronger cash prices.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 25¢ higher, except for unchanged at either end of the board.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 51¢ higher (25¢ to $1.20 higher in spot Jun).
Corn futures closed mostly 2¢ to 4¢ lower Thursday with likely profit taking and positioning ahead of the long weekend.
KC HRW Wheat closed mostly unchanged to 5¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed mostly 9¢ to 12¢ lower.