Monday Market Sentiment: 5-Area price sees a slight increase

The 5-Area Accumulated Average Cattle Price slightly increased this week from $133.91 on April 12 to $133.97 on April 19.

The panel of cattle industry experts who make up our Monday Market Sentiment had an average guess of $135.04 per hundredweight. This week, they decreased their estimation to $132.39 per hundredweight.

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Choice boxed beef increased throughout the week, starting April 12 at $219.31 per hundredweight, and ending April 18 on $224.88 per hundredweight. The fall moved the 27-day average to $223.77 per hundredweight.

Each week the Cattle Trader Center, on behalf of Merck Animal Health, awards a $100 gift certificate from Cabela's to the industry leader whose forecast comes closest to the 5-Area cash trade number reported by the USDA. The most recent winners was

Adam Jimison,

Bartlett Cattle Co.

Want to join the expert panel? Email your 5-area cash trade estimate by 10 a.m. CT each Tuesday to

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along with your name and company affiliation.