Slaughter cattle trade mostly steady for live trades and 1.00 higher dressed from last week’s limited early test. Boxed Beef prices as of Friday afternoon averaged 197.50 down 1.16 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is 11.51. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday afternoon totaled 91,715. Last week’s total head count was 124,374.
Source: USDA-Oklahoma Dept of Ag Market News, Oklahoma City, Okla