Slaughter cattle only lightly traded this week.  Limited sales in Texas and Kansas were to lightly tested for a trend.  Slaughter cattle in Nebraska though lightly tested were 4.00-6.00 lower and live 7.00-9.00 lower dressed.  Boxed Beef prices as of Friday afternoon averaged 209.06 down 9.52 from last Friday.  The Choice/Select spread is 10.12.  Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday afternoon totaled about 53,480 head.  Last week’s total head count was 104,619 head.
SOURCE: USDA-Oklahoma Dept of Ag Market News, Oklahoma City, OK