When all was said and done last week, negotiated cash fed cattle trade was mainly higher in the North and steady to lower in the South. Live sales were steady in Nebraska at $109-$111/cwt., steady to $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $110-$111 and steady to $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $108. Dressed trade was mainly $1-$3 higher at $173-$175.
Cattle futures were narrowly mixed on Monday, with steady to strong cash fed cattle prices supporting Live Cattle and extremely light trade allowing Feeder Cattle to drift.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 19¢ higher.
Feeder Cattle futures closed unchanged to 35¢ lower, except for an average of 40¢ higher in the back three contracts.
Wholesale beef values were sharply higher on Choice and higher on Select, with light to moderate demand and offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.09 higher Monday afternoon at $220.13/cwt. Select was $1.40 higher at $194.44.
Corn futures closed 1¢ to 3¢ lower through away Dec and then mostly fractionally lower.
Soybean futures closed fractionally lower in the front months and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ higher.