Negotiated cash fed cattle demand and trade through Friday afternoon ranged from a standstill to inactive and light, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
For the week live prices were $2 lower in the Southern Plains at $106/cwt.; $3-$4 lower in Nebraska at $104-$105 and $2 lower in the western Corn Belt at $103-$105. Dressed prices were $4-$7 lower in Nebraska at $162-$165 and $3-$4 lower in the western Corn Belt at $163-$165.
Through Thursday, the five-area direct weighted average steer price was $105.11/cwt. on a live basis, which was $2.50 less than the same period last week and $4.74 less than a year earlier. The average dressed steer price of $163.97 was $4.43 less than the previous week and $10.91 less than last year.
Cattle futures continued mostly lower on Friday beneath the weight of the week’s gloom and higher grain prices. Friday’s Cattle on Feed report will likely offer no support on Monday.
Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed, from an average of 37¢ lower to an average of 7¢ higher.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 49¢ lower, except for 7¢ higher in the back contract.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.37 lower Friday afternoon at $207.49/cwt. Select was 32¢ higher at $191.40.
Estimated cattle slaughter of 643,000 head for the week was 11,000 few than the previous week but 3,000 head more than the previous year. Year-to-date total cattle slaughter of 26.11 million head is 1.04 million head fewer (-3.82%) than last year. Estimated year-to-date beef production of 21.67 billion lbs. is 257.6 million lbs. less (-1.18%) than the same period last year.
Corn futures closed 1¢ to 3¢ higher through Jly ’21 and then 1¢ to 2¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 10¢ higher through Aug ’21 and then mostly fractionally mixed.