Negotiated cash fed cattle trade continued on Thursday. For the week, live sales are $2-$4 higher than last week at $103.00-$103.50/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $103 in Nebraska and $104-$105 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed trade is $1-$3 higher at $162-$163.
Even so, Cattle futures closed mostly lower Thursday, with pressure from the grain side of the ledger, as well as demand wonderments.
Except for 5¢ higher to 82¢ higher in three contracts, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 38¢ lower.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 77¢ lower (32¢ to $1.32 lower).
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 33¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $215.05/cwt. Select was $1.12 lower at $203.39.
Actual fed cattle slaughter for the week ending Sept. 5 of 508,955 head was 18,484 head fewer than the prior week, but 58,883 head more than the previous year, according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report.
Total cattle slaughter for the week of 635,387 head was 18,353 head fewer than the prior week, but 64,324 head more than the previous year.
The average dressed steer weight of 918 lbs. was 2 lbs. heavier than the previous week, but 25 lbs. more than the same week a year earlier. The average dressed heifer weight of 832 lbs. was 2 lbs. lighter than the previous week, but 17 lbs. more than a year earlier.
Net U.S. beef export sales for 2020 of 14,300 metric tons (mt) were 8% less than the previous week and 2% less than the prior four-week average, according to the Weekly Export Sales report from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, for the week ending Sept. 10. Increases were primarily for South Korea, Japan, China, Mexico and Canada.
Net U.S. pork sales for 2020 of 50,600 mt were 68% more than the previous week and 41% more than the prior four-week average. Increases were primarily for China, Mexico, Japan, Canada and Australia.
Corn futures closed 2¢ to 3¢ higher through Jly ’21 and then mostly fractionally higher.
Soybean futures closed 9¢ to 17¢ higher through Mar ’21 and then mostly 1¢ to 4¢ higher.