The price for 5-area cash cattle continues a two week slump, taking another huge dip from the previous week. The price drop went from $167 in the previous week to $162.67 last week.

Our panel of cattle industry experts predicted the drop, however estimated it to only slip down to $165.32. This week the Monday Market Sentiment panel is projects the market to continue the downward movement, dropping to $161.68.

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Choice boxed beef continued to lose momentum last week that had been gained in previous weeks. After seeing a $4.43 drop throughout the previous week, last Tuesday’s high of $250.51 declined to $245.52 by Monday. This moved the 27-day average to $252.69.

Choice primal rib has cooled off after breaking a year high of $413.39 in the previous week. Tuesday saw a high of $400.80 and continued to sharply decline throughout the week to Monday’s low of $386.71 – a $27.22 price drop from that point a week earlier. The price drop moved the 27-day average to $393.14.

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  Primal Rib - Ch 386.71 385.59 1.12
Average 399.54 393.14 342.30
High 413.39 413.39 413.39
Low 385.59 367.69 277.33
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