After a multi-week hot streak, fed cattle prices have weakened. The 5-area cash cattle price of $155.87 is down $1.83 from the previous week.

Our panel of cattle industry experts had estimated the price to hit $157.49. This week they project the price to be lower from their previous guess, settling at $154.82.

Last week, choice boxed beef prices began to cool after hitting market-year highs. This week prices hit a high of $252.17 on Tuesday before settling to Monday’s $251.14. The $3.99 increase moved the 27-day average up to $241.84.

Choice primal rib prices continued to steadily decline throughout the week, dropping $6.43 from Tuesday’s high of $379.15 to Monday’s low of $372.72. The drop moved the 27-day average to $372.96.

Each week the Cattle Trader Center, on behalf of Vance Publishing, awards a $100 gift certificate from Cabela's to the industry leader whose forecast comes closest to the 5-Area cash trade number reported by the USDA. The most recent winner was Wayne Lee, Cattle Empire.

REPORT TODAY YESTERDAY DIFFERENCE
  Boxed Beef - Choice 251.14 251.79 -0.65
 
BOXED BEEF - CHOICE 10 DAYS 27 DAYS THIS YEAR
Average 249.50 241.84 230.13
High 252.17 252.17 252.17
Low 247.28 230.86 200.55
 
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