Fed Cattle Trade Active, But Lower


Greg Henderson, Drovers

June 19, 2020


Negotiated fed cattle trades volumes were higher with the 5-area near 95,000 head. Despite the active cash trade, fed cattle prices traded $5 to $6 lower at $98 to $105, with the bulk of trades at $100 to $102. Dressed trades were from $156 to $167 with the bulk of sales from $158-160. Lots of heavy cattle that traded at the low end of the range.


The week’s cattle slaughter was estimated at 656,000 versus 668,269 head last year.


Live cattle futures finished 42 1/2 cents to $1.375 lower through the December contract, with front-month June futures pacing losses amid light deliveries. Feeder cattle ended 7 1/2 to 42 1/2 cents lower through the January contract. For the week, August live cattle firmed 7 1/2 cents and August feeders rose $1.45.


Compared to last week, steers and heifers sold steady to $4 lower at auction. Demand was called moderate to good across the nation. Cattle sold for delivery months out were also in demand this week. Auction receipts totaled 160,400 head compared to 160,300 head the week before. Last year’s receipts totaled 159,800 head.


Friday’s Choice boxed beef cutout was $213.72 per cwt. $16.92 lower than last Friday. Select boxed beef sold for $203.91 per cwt., $15.36 lower than the previous Friday.


Cattle on feed totaled 11.7 million head on June 1, 2020, slightly below the same time last year. This is the second highest June 1 inventory since the series began in 1996...