Live cattle futures were steady to 47.5 cents higher in most contracts on Thursday. Feeder cattle futures were up 25 to 85 cents. The CME feeder cattle index was down 28 cents on April 10 at $143.35. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed on Thursday afternoon. Choice boxes were down 22 cents at $228.83, with Select boxes 33 cents higher at $219.95. USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 471,000 head through Thursday. That would be 6,000 lower last week and 7,000 head fewer than the same week a year ago mainly from transportation issues on Thursday due to weather. A few cash cattle sales of $124 were reported in TX and KS on Wednesday, with bids of up to $126 so far in NE on Thursday. Weekly beef export sales were reported at 11,768 MT for the week of 4/4 the lowest reported so far in 2019.
Apr 19 Cattle closed at $126.000, up $0.125,
Jun 19 Cattle closed at $120.425, up $0.475,
Aug 19 Cattle closed at $117.375, up $0.375,
Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $145.425, up $0.250
May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $149.850, up $0.625
Aug 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $157.650, up $0.625
--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management