After six weeks of USDA’s 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price gradually climbing to a high of $167.59 per hundredweight during the week ending April 7, cash cattle prices declined last week to $164.44 per hundredweight.

The panel of cattle industry experts who make up the Monday Market Sentiment predicted the decrease, however only estimating it to drop to $166.98 per hundredweight. This week, the panel collectively is projecting another decrease to $163.14 per hundredweight.

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Choice boxed beef prices continue to pick up steam from the previous week, ending on $256.98 per hundredweight on April 7. Boxed beef prices quickly jumped to $259.14 per hundredweight on April 8, however, declined to $256.51 per hundredweight on April 10. The strong price increases from the previous weeks helped push the 27-day average to $ 250.90 per hundredweight.  

Choice primal rib carried over a strong market from the previous week, ending April 7 on $388.56 per hundredweight, and climbing to $390.44 per hundredweight by April 13. This moved the 27-day average to $372.71 per hundredweight.

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 Kyle Williams, Lubbock Feeders.

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Cattle Board
 
 
Board Prices Tue
Apr 07
Wed
Apr 08
Thu
Apr 09
Fri
Apr 10
Mon
Apr 13
Change Report
  Live Cattle 163.00 161.55 161.80 158.80 158.83 0.03 Report
  Feeder Cattle 217.68 216.23 216.48 212.45 212.25 -0.20 Report
  Corn 3.83 3.79 3.78 3.77 3.71 -0.06 Report
Boxed Beef Tue
Apr 07
Wed
Apr 08
Thu
Apr 09
Fri
Apr 10
Mon
Apr 13
Change Report
  Boxed Beef - Choice 256.98 259.14 258.39 256.51 257.70 1.19 Report
  Boxed Beef - Select 251.23 251.05 252.45 249.91 249.19 -0.72 Report
  Boxed Beef - C/S Spread 5.75 8.10 5.94 6.60 8.50 1.90 Report
Boxed Beef: Loads Tue
Apr 07
Wed
Apr 08
Thu
Apr 09
Fri
Apr 10
Mon
Apr 13
Change Report
  Total Beef Loads 98 136 135 137 114 -23 Report
  Choice Cuts 43 67 84 73 63 -9 Report
  Select Cuts 16 31 20 34 18 -16 Report
  Trimmings 18 15 11 4 15 11 Report
  Grinds 0 0 0 0 0 0 Report
Boxed Beef: Primal Values Tue
Apr 07
Wed
Apr 08
Thu
Apr 09
Fri
Apr 10
Mon
Apr 13
Change Report
  Primal Rib - Ch 388.56 387.51 385.78 388.05 390.44 2.39 Report
  Primal Chuck - Ch 207.00 209.07 207.36 204.43 204.51 0.08 Report
  Primal Round - Ch 221.05 223.22 220.91 219.40 221.06 1.66 Report
  Primal Loin - Ch 354.50 359.78 362.04 358.15 359.77 1.62 Report
  Primal Brisket - Ch 196.39 195.06 194.80 193.76 194.35 0.59 Report
  Primal Short Plate - Ch 171.00 171.84 171.92 172.35 173.48 1.13 Report
  Primal Flank - Ch 140.91 142.76 142.68 140.25 142.05 1.80 Report
Other Tue
Apr 07
Wed
Apr 08
Thu
Apr 09
Fri
Apr 10
Mon
Apr 13
Change Report
  Est. Cattle Slaughter 110,000 107,000 98,000 90,000 109,000 19,000 Report
  Daily Drop 14.00 13.94 14.13 14.05 14.01 -0.04 Report
  Cutter Cow Cutout 231.65 231.47 232.43 231.50 232.24 0.74 Report
  Beef Carcass - Ch 246.58 247.70 247.13 246.11 244.88 -1.23 Report
5-Area Slaughter Tue
Apr 07
Wed
Apr 08
Thu
Apr 09
Fri
Apr 10
Mon
Apr 13
Change Report
  5-Area Head Count 105 1,921 1,897 5,173 0 -5,173 Report
  5-Area WTD 105 2,026 3,923 9,096 0 -9,096 Report
  Live Steer - Weights 0 0 1,436 1,340 0 -1,340 Report
  Live Steer 0.00 0.00 163.00 163.13 0.00 -163.13 Report
  Live Heifer - Weights 0 0 0 1,276 0 -1,276 Report
  Live Heifer 0.00 0.00 0.00 165.19 0.00 -165.19 Report
  Dressed Steer - Weights 0 906 903 888 0 -888 Report
  Dressed Steer 0.00 265.00 264.39 264.01 0.00 -264.01 Report
  Dressed Heifer - Weights 0 0 930 933 0 -933 Report
  Dressed Heifer 0.00 0.00 265.60 266.15 0.00 -266.15 Report
 
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