Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was mostly inactive on light demand in all cattle feeding regions through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. There were too few transactions to trend in any region.
Live prices last week were at $106/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $105 in Nebraska and $103-$105 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were $162-$166 in Nebraska and $163-$165 in the western Corn Belt.
Cattle feeders offered 2,012 head in the weekly Fed Cattle Exchange. Of those, 1,257 head sold: 766 head at an average of $106.04/cwt. for delivery at 1-9 days; 630 head for an average of $105.80 for delivery at 1-17 days.
Choice steers and heifers sold $2.50-$2.75 lower at the fat auction in Tama, IA. There were 219 Choice 2-4 steers weighing an average of 1,488 lbs. bringing an average price of $102.97.
At Sioux Falls Regional in South Dakota, slaughter steers and heifers sold steady to $1 higher. There were 171 Choice 2-3 steers weighing an average of 1,464 lbs. bringing an average of $103.62.
Cattle futures, especially Feeder Cattle, continued to gain Wednesday, helped along by lower grain futures.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of 47¢ higher, from 10¢ higher to $1.00 higher in spot Oct.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.06 higher, from 45¢ higher toward the back to $1.65 higher toward the front.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 91¢ lower Wednesday afternoon at $205.79/cwt. Select was 91¢ higher at $189.58.
Grain futures closed sharply lower Wednesday, likely pressured by anemic outside markets, profit taking, positioning ahead of next week’s election and improved growing conditions and Russia and South America.
Corn futures closed 10¢ to 14¢ lower through Sep ’21 and then mostly 5¢ to 7¢ lower.
Soybean futures closed 15¢ to 25¢ lower through Aug ’21 and then mostly 10¢ to 13¢ lower.