KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)--The number of slaughter-ready cattle being offered to packer buyers could be higher this week, a product of delayed marketings from a month ago.

Market analysts and brokers say at the time deferred futures were carrying a premium to the nearby contracts, encouraging later fed cattle marketings. Many cattle feeders then were said to be putting off planned August sales in favor of September, effectively filling a marketing "hole" that many analysts had predicted based on placement data.

No bids or offers were available. Cattle sold last week at $84 to mostly $84.50 per hundredweight on a live basis and $130 to $131 dressed.

Traders were watching beef markets, hoping they would strengthen and counter the effects of lower futures prices Monday.

The USDA at midday reported its choice boxed beef cutout price at $141.57 per hundredweight, up $0.36, while select beef was up $0.34 at $133.98. The volume of fabricated loads was 72 and there were 34 loads of trimmings and coarse grind product reported.

Urner Barry's Yellow Sheet at midday said thin meats were an area of focus for some sellers as they worked to improve sold positions on items. Some early rib offerings were steady to higher.


-By Lester Aldrich, Dow Jones Newswires; 913-322-5179; lester.aldrich@dowjones.com