The start of grilling season has boxed beef prices on fire.

USDA’s 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price is up again this week, jumping from $165.54 per hundredweight in the previous week ending March 30, to $167.59 per hundredweight last week. The increase continues a six-week climb in the cash cattle price.

Our panel of experts who make up the Monday Market Sentiment were too modest in their estimation of prices hitting $165.59 per hundredweight. Collectively, this week the panel predicts cash cattle prices to bring $166.98 per hundredweight.

Choice boxed beef progressed significantly from the previous week, jumping from $251.70 per hundredweight on March 30, to $255.42 per hundredweight on March 31. By April 7, choice boxed beef hit a high of $256.98 per hundredweight.

Choice primal rib also made significant gains throughout last week, kicking off with previous week high of $379.37 per hundredweight on March 30, hitting $388.56 per hundredweight by April 7.

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 Terry Ryan, JBS Five Rivers.

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

Cattle Board
 
 
Board Prices Tue
Mar 31
Wed
Apr 01
Thu
Apr 02
Mon
Apr 06
Tue
Apr 07
Change Report
  Live Cattle 161.80 163.03 163.03 162.45 163.00 0.55 Report
  Feeder Cattle 218.63 220.38 220.38 219.80 217.68 -2.12 Report
  Corn 3.82 3.87 3.87 3.85 3.83 -0.02 Report
Boxed Beef Tue
Mar 31
Wed
Apr 01
Thu
Apr 02
Mon
Apr 06
Tue
Apr 07
Change Report
  Boxed Beef - Choice 255.42 255.94 255.57 256.48 256.98 0.50 Report
  Boxed Beef - Select 250.21 250.46 249.29 251.55 251.23 -0.32 Report
  Boxed Beef - C/S Spread 5.21 5.48 6.28 4.92 5.75 0.83 Report
Boxed Beef: Loads Tue
Mar 31
Wed
Apr 01
Thu
Apr 02
Mon
Apr 06
Tue
Apr 07
Change Report
  Total Beef Loads 175 107 111 126 98 -28 Report
  Choice Cuts 103 61 62 74 43 -32 Report
  Select Cuts 32 28 10 22 16 -5 Report
  Trimmings 18 1 4 12 18 5 Report
  Grinds 0 0 0 0 0 0 Report
Boxed Beef: Primal Values Tue
Mar 31
Wed
Apr 01
Thu
Apr 02
Mon
Apr 06
Tue
Apr 07
Change Report
  Primal Rib - Ch 382.45 382.57 385.33 388.18 388.56 0.38 Report
  Primal Chuck - Ch 208.25 207.98 205.74 205.79 207.00 1.21 Report
  Primal Round - Ch 221.67 221.77 221.05 222.61 221.05 -1.56 Report
  Primal Loin - Ch 348.50 351.09 351.54 352.94 354.50 1.56 Report
  Primal Brisket - Ch 196.01 196.85 197.60 196.50 196.39 -0.11 Report
  Primal Short Plate - Ch 170.16 169.68 170.12 169.99 171.00 1.01 Report
  Primal Flank - Ch 140.10 140.27 139.81 139.09 140.91 1.82 Report
Other Tue
Mar 31
Wed
Apr 01
Thu
Apr 02
Mon
Apr 06
Tue
Apr 07
Change Report
  Est. Cattle Slaughter 96,000 103,000 97,000 96,000 110,000 14,000 Report
  Daily Drop 14.38 14.22 14.00 14.00 14.00 0.00 Report
  Cutter Cow Cutout 229.88 231.19 231.36 232.23 231.65 -0.58 Report
  Beef Carcass - Ch 243.86 244.26 244.33 246.32 246.58 0.26 Report
5-Area Slaughter Tue
Mar 31
Wed
Apr 01
Thu
Apr 02
Mon
Apr 06
Tue
Apr 07
Change Report
  5-Area Head Count 602 923 3,052 50,897 105 -50,792 Report
  5-Area WTD 1,699 2,622 5,674 56,571 105 -56,466 Report
  Live Steer - Weights 1,517 1,499 1,499 1,440 0 -1,440 Report
  Live Steer 166.26 166.73 166.67 167.57 0.00 -167.57 Report
  Live Heifer - Weights 1,250 1,250 1,265 1,301 0 -1,301 Report
  Live Heifer 167.00 167.00 166.59 167.63 0.00 -167.63 Report
  Dressed Steer - Weights 899 899 921 914 0 -914 Report
  Dressed Steer 262.00 262.00 264.72 265.64 0.00 -265.64 Report
  Dressed Heifer - Weights 0 857 837 825 0 -825 Report
  Dressed Heifer 0.00 263.00 264.32 265.74 0.00 -265.74 Report
 
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