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DTN CATTLE PRICES/TRENDS               12/18 14:10

       HEAD SOLD LIVE  STEERS  DRESSED        LIVE  HEIFERS  DRESSED
KANSAS     .     .             .              .              .
NEBRASKA 1,000   158.00 West   250.00         158.00 West    250.00
TEXAS      .     .             .              .              .
COLORADO   .     .             .              .              .
IOWA       200   .             250.00         .              .
                         *=PRIVATE SOURCES

DTN COMMENTS:  Scattered business is evident in several areas this 
afternoon, but for the most part country trade remains quite limited. Trade 
volume totals suggest that we should see more activity surface on Friday. It 
will be interesting to see if packer bids improve tomorrow hopefully 
supported by further recovery in cattle futures. Asking prices are probably 
around 160.00 plus in the South and 255.00 plus in the North. 
 
Today's kill totaled 112,000 head, 2,000 more than last week, but 9,000 
below a year ago. Cattle futures finally succeeded in pulling out of the 
bearish nose dive, closing sharply higher with some contracts taking 
advantage of expanded limits. Beef cutouts are expected to close mixed with 
light to moderate box movement.

DAILY DIRECT SLAUGHTER CATTLE-NEGOTIATED PURCHASES-SUMMARY
**Summary includes trade from 1:30 PM the previous day through 9:30 AM 
today.**

KANSAS   CONFIRMED CASH SALES:    7,621  WEEK TO DATE:    8,152
STEERS  - LIVE FOB                    STEERS  - DRESSED DELIVERED
157.00   80+   157.00-157.00     216  250.00  65-80  250.00-250.00    357
156.73   65-80 156.50-157.00     669  250.00  35-65  250.00-250.00    127
156.85   35-65 156.00-157.00   2,364

156.84   TOTAL 156.00-157.00   3,249  250.00  TOTAL  250.00-250.00    484
HEIFERS - LIVE FOB                    HEIFERS - DRESSED DELIVERED
156.71   65-80  156.00-157.00  1,202  No reportable trade
156.70   35-65  156.00-157.00  1,717
156.70   TOTAL  156.00-157.00  2,919


NEBRASKA CONFIRMED CASH SALES:    5,980  WEEK TO DATE:    9,185
STEERS  - LIVE FOB                    STEERS  - DRESSED DELIVERED
157.00   65-80 157.00-157.00     503  249.38  80+    249.00-250.00    570
157.00   35-65 157.00-157.00     943  250.34  65-80  249.00-251.00  1,521

157.00   TOTAL 157.00-157.00   1,446  250.08  TOTAL  249.00-251.00  2,091
HEIFERS - LIVE FOB                    HEIFERS - DRESSED DELIVERED
157.00   65-80  157.00-157.00    244  249.53  80+    249.00-250.00    926
                                      250.71  65-80  250.00-251.00    754
157.00   TOTAL  157.00-157.00    244  250.06  TOTAL  249.00-251.00  1,680


TEXAS    CONFIRMED CASH SALES:      851  WEEK TO DATE:      851
STEERS  - LIVE FOB                    STEERS  - DRESSED DELIVERED
156.36   35-65  156.00-157.00    165  No reportable trade

156.36   TOTAL  156.00-157.00    165
HEIFERS - LIVE FOB                    HEIFERS - DRESSED DELIVERED
No reportable trade                   No reportable trade


COLORADO CONFIRMED CASH SALES:      111  WEEK TO DATE:      111
STEERS  - LIVE FOB                    STEERS  - DRESSED DELIVERED
159.00   65-80  159.00-159.00    111  No reportable trade

159.00   TOTAL  159.00-159.00    111
HEIFERS - LIVE FOB                    HEIFERS - DRESSED DELIVERED
No reportable trade                   No reportable trade


IOWA     CONFIRMED CASH SALES:    4,558  WEEK TO DATE:    7,103
STEERS  - LIVE FOB                    STEERS  - DRESSED DELIVERED
156.78   80+    155.00-158.00  1,098  249.69   80+    248.00-251.00   405
155.79   65-80  155.00-157.00    616  248.07   65-80  245.00-250.00   306

156.42   TOTAL  155.00-158.00  1,714  248.99   TOTAL  245.00-251.00   711
HEIFERS - LIVE FOB                    HEIFERS - DRESSED DELIVERED
157.43   80+    155.00-158.00    167  250.00   80+    250.00-250.00   240
156.00   65-80  156.00-156.00    226  248.36   65-80  248.00-249.00   360

156.61   TOTAL  155.00-158.00    393  249.02   TOTAL  248.00-250.00   600

NOTE:  Feedlots are encouraged to call DTN with any cattle sales, at
1-800-369-7675, 1-402-399-6402, or 1-402-462-8897. All sales will be listed 
anonymously and organized by state.  General trends and summaries from this 
data will be posted on the Daily Sales Reported to DTN page. 


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