This week the 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price continued it's downward trend, falling to $142.01.

Our panel of cattle industry experts who make up the Monday Market Sentiment was high with an average guess of $145.68 per hundredweight. This week, the panel projects the 5-Area price to increase to $143.67.

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Choice boxed beef dropped slightly throughout this week, starting off on September 2 at $241.21 per hundredweight and moving to $239.16 per hundredweight by September 8. The 27-day average price now rests at $241.25.

Choice primal rib fell as well over the holiday week. Last week, primal rib kicked off September 2 at $341.54 per hundredweight and ended September 8 at $339.48 per hundredweight. 

Each week the Cattle Trader Center, on behalf of Merck Animal Health, 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 Matt Selee, Cattle Empire.

Want to join the expert panel? Email your 5-area cash trade estimate by 10 a.m. CT each Tuesday to lfagen@vancepublishing.com along with your name and company affiliation.