Slaughter cattle mostly 1.00 lower. Packer demand remains good as beef trade held firm for the week.  Feedyards continue to market cattle on a timely basis as cash prices remain ahead of the current futures contract. Boxed Beef prices as of Friday afternoon averaged 186.64 down 4.02 fromlast Friday.  The Choice/Select spread is 1.98.  Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday afternoon totaled about 66,856 head.  Last week’s total head count was 86,700 head.
SOURCE: USDA-Oklahoma Dept of Ag Market News, Oklahoma City, OK