April cattle closed 60 higher on the session yesterday and near the highs of the day, but stayed inside of Monday's wide trading range. The market saw choppy and two-sided trade early in the session, before moving up to slightly higher for the day into the mid-session. Ideas that poor weather will cause lower restaurant and consumer demand for beef on a temporarily basis were seen as pressuring the market early, but thoughts that cattle weights would decline and slow beef production due to the severe winter storm in the plains were seen as supportive factors for the market. In addition, the perception that death loss could increase above normal due to harsh weather for eastern feedlot areas as well the possibility that cold weather may reduce weights for much of the feedlot region were also thought to have supported the market yesterday and again during overnight trading. The large premium of futures to the cash market as well as a potential for slower demand due to the storm's impact were seen by some traders as limiting the strength of this recovery. The estimated cattle slaughter came in at 123,000 head yesterday. This brings the total for the week so far to 243,000 head, down from 255,000 head last week at this time and down from 249,000 head a year ago. Boxed beef cutout values were up 38 cents at mid-session yesterday and closed 14 cents lower at $172.93. This was down from $173.28 the prior week.