Live cattle futures finished the Tuesday session with gains of $1.20 to $2.90, following Friday’s friendly Cold Storage report. Feeder cattle futures also showed sharp gains of $2 to $2.85. The CME feeder cattle index on December 25 was down 64 cents to $148.72. Wholesale boxed beef values were sharply higher on Monday afternoon. Choice was up $3.04 at $202.60, with select $2.95 higher at $190.83. Estimated FI cattle slaughter was 119,000 head on Tuesday, after Monday’s kill was quiet due to the Holiday. That is 4,000 head fewer than the same week last year.

Dec 17 Cattle closed at $121.500, up $1.675,

Feb 18 Cattle closed at $121.475, up $2.900,

Apr 18 Cattle closed at $121.925, up $2.650,

Jan 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.400, up $2.850

Mar 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $141.350, up $2.800

Apr 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $141.950, up $2.500

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