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Live cattle futures closed the Friday session with 25 to 92.5 cent gains. Feeder cattle futures were a dime to $1.275 higher. The CME feeder cattle index on January 11 was $146.80, down $2.01 from the previous day. Wholesale boxed beef values were lower on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes averaged 84 cents lower at $208.23, with Select boxes $1.31 per cwt at $201.64. Estimated weekly FI cattle slaughter is 611,000 head through Saturday. That is 2,000 head more than the same week last year. Quarterly beef production was given a 130 million pound downward adjustment for the fourth quarter of 2017 to 6.74 billion pounds. Total production for 2017 was shown at 26.175 billion pounds, with 2018 up 170 million at 27.760 billion pounds.

Feb 18 Cattle closed at $117.375, up $0.300,

Apr 18 Cattle closed at $119.450, up $0.575,

Jun 18 Cattle closed at $111.625, up $0.625,

Jan 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.350, up $0.525

Mar 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.650, up $1.275

Apr 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.000, up $1.150

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