The USDA 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price continued to decline last week, after ending a six-week price increase during the week ending April 13. Cash cattle prices took a $2.81 per hundredweight hit, dropping the 5-Area Average to $161.63 per hundredweight. The two-week decline has dropped cash cattle $5.96 per hundredweight.

Our panel of cattle industry experts who make up the Monday Market Sentiment predicted the fall, however had projected it to decrease to $163.14 per hundredweight. This week, the panel estimates a weaker market, projecting cash cattle to hit $159.36 per hundredweight.

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After a volatile previous week ending April 13, choice boxed beef prices progressed to a high of $260.80 per hundredweight last week on April 15. However, choice boxed beef prices declined to $257.79 per hundredweight by April 17, and bounced back to $259.14 per hundredweight by April 20.

Choice primal rib kicked off last week strong, climbing from $388.26 per hundredweight on April 14 to $390.97 per hundredweight the following day. Prices then began to slip, dropping to the week’s low of $382.02 per hundredweight by April 17.

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Cattle Board
 
 
Board Prices Tue
Apr 14
Wed
Apr 15
Thu
Apr 16
Fri
Apr 17
Mon
Apr 20
Change Report
  Live Cattle 159.60 160.73 160.80 157.80 155.35 -2.45 Report
  Feeder Cattle 213.20 215.23 215.80 213.00 211.83 -1.17 Report
  Corn 3.74 3.76 3.76 3.80 3.78 -0.02 Report
Boxed Beef Tue
Apr 14
Wed
Apr 15
Thu
Apr 16
Fri
Apr 17
Mon
Apr 20
Change Report
  Boxed Beef - Choice 258.45 260.80 260.38 257.79 259.14 1.35 Report
  Boxed Beef - Select 249.42 251.22 250.97 250.97 252.20 1.23 Report
  Boxed Beef - C/S Spread 9.03 9.58 9.41 6.82 6.93 0.11 Report
Boxed Beef: Loads Tue
Apr 14
Wed
Apr 15
Thu
Apr 16
Fri
Apr 17
Mon
Apr 20
Change Report
  Total Beef Loads 107 144 161 144 114 -30 Report
  Choice Cuts 50 76 97 69 73 4 Report
  Select Cuts 20 22 28 36 20 -17 Report
  Trimmings 7 8 17 11 0 -11 Report
  Grinds 0 0 0 0 0 0 Report
Boxed Beef: Primal Values Tue
Apr 14
Wed
Apr 15
Thu
Apr 16
Fri
Apr 17
Mon
Apr 20
Change Report
  Primal Rib - Ch 388.26 390.97 390.08 382.02 384.50 2.48 Report
  Primal Chuck - Ch 205.33 207.08 207.19 205.39 206.16 0.77 Report
  Primal Round - Ch 220.74 221.32 219.12 217.03 217.31 0.28 Report
  Primal Loin - Ch 362.53 368.37 367.67 363.62 367.13 3.51 Report
  Primal Brisket - Ch 194.10 191.04 190.17 190.40 189.88 -0.52 Report
  Primal Short Plate - Ch 175.71 179.01 182.69 185.15 185.31 0.16 Report
  Primal Flank - Ch 145.09 147.18 149.29 149.81 150.87 1.06 Report
Other Tue
Apr 14
Wed
Apr 15
Thu
Apr 16
Fri
Apr 17
Mon
Apr 20
Change Report
  Est. Cattle Slaughter 111,000 110,000 102,000 100,000 110,000 10,000 Report
  Daily Drop 13.96 13.91 13.73 13.78 13.78 0.00 Report
  Cutter Cow Cutout 230.45 232.08 234.30 233.77 233.42 -0.35 Report
  Beef Carcass - Ch 245.27 246.24 246.10 244.58 243.83 -0.75 Report
5-Area Slaughter Tue
Apr 14
Wed
Apr 15
Thu
Apr 16
Fri
Apr 17
Mon
Apr 20
Change Report
  5-Area Head Count 4,890 1,099 2,058 51,611 1,076 -50,535 Report
  5-Area WTD 5,838 6,937 8,995 60,606 1,076 -59,530 Report
  Live Steer - Weights 1,289 1,317 1,357 1,356 1,325 -31 Report
  Live Steer 162.43 162.48 162.71 161.65 157.25 -4.40 Report
  Live Heifer - Weights 1,169 1,163 1,163 1,230 1,300 70 Report
  Live Heifer 162.39 162.36 162.36 161.19 159.00 -2.19 Report
  Dressed Steer - Weights 863 865 865 894 922 28 Report
  Dressed Steer 255.80 255.96 255.96 256.77 253.00 -3.77 Report
  Dressed Heifer - Weights 794 794 794 824 857 33 Report
  Dressed Heifer 256.00 256.00 256.00 256.64 254.00 -2.64 Report
 
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