Live cattle futures posted $1.75 to $2.40 gains in the front months on Wednesday. Feeder cattle futures were up $2.175 to $2.975. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was 20 cents lower on September 10 at $137.17. Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower on Wednesday afternoon, tightening the Chc/Sel spread to $21.49. Choice boxes were down a sharp $5.49 at $219.89, with Select boxes $2.58 lower @ $198.40. The latter are down more than 5% since the Labor Day holiday. USDA estimated week to date FI cattle slaughter @ 348,000. That is down 11,000 head from the same week a year ago.
-- provided by Brugler Marketing & Management