Negotiated cash fed cattle prices were sharply lower last week. Live trade was $3-$4 lower at $122-$123/cwt. in the Southern Plains; mostly $124 in Nebraska and $123-$127 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade was mainly $4-$6 lower at mostly $200.
Feeder Cattle futures continued to lead Live Cattle lower on Friday. Declining wholesale values at a time seasonality suggests a boost from grilling demand, as well as the continued unwinding of long-held long positions continue to weigh.
Except for 25¢ and 42¢ lower at either end of the board, Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.10 lower. From the previous Friday through Thursday, open interest declined by 14,124 contracts.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.30 lower.
Wholesale beef values were lower on light demand and moderate offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.44 lower Friday afternoon at $227.36/cwt. Select was $1.79 lower at $213.29.
Except for 1¢ higher in spot May, Corn futures closed mainly fractionally mixed.
Soybean futures closed 1¢ lower to 1¢ higher, except for 4¢ higher in the back three contracts.