The 5-area cash cattle price continues to fall after a rally to $169.04 during the week of Oct. 21. After dropping to $167.52 during the week of Oct. 28, cash cattle settled to $166.71 last week.  

Our panel of Monday Market Sentiment cattle industry experts were almost right on the money with their predictions of cash cattle dropping to $166.62. This week the panel is optimistic, estimating the price to rise to $167.40.

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Choice boxed beef prices were slightly weaker than the previous week, hitting a high of $251. 24 on Wednesday, but dropping to the week low of $249.11 by Friday. This moved the 27-day average to $248.83.

Choice primal rib made huge leaps during the week of Nov. 4, with a low of $359.17 on Tuesday, hitting Thursday’s high of $373.50. The price settled to $371.43 by the end of the market sentiment on Monday. This moved the 27-day average to $353.87.

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 Jerry Kuckelman, ILS Beef.

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  Primal Rib - Ch 371.43 367.69 3.74
Average 364.33 353.87 336.45
High 373.50 373.50 388.24
Low 356.22 332.48 277.33
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