June cattle ended the session near unchanged levels yesterday after reaching the highest price levels since April 3rd. Outside market forces were mixed, with the stock market lower but the dollar lower as well. The short-term cash market outlook remains negative but futures already hold a stiff discount to the cash market. Beef production is expected to increase by 115 million pounds during the second quarter, the lowest increase for the April-June period since 2000 and the second lowest in at least 20 years, which could provide support for the cattle market if the demand outlook starts to stabilize. Average dressed steer weights for the week ending March 24 came in at 844 pounds, down from 850 pounds the previous week and is widely considered to be a positive factor for the market. The estimated cattle slaughter came in at 100,000 head yesterday. This was down from 124,000 head last week and down from 127,000 head a year ago as this time. Boxed beef cutout values were up 64 cents at mid-session yesterday and closed $1.00 higher at $178.61. This was down from $184.10 the prior week but is the highest beef trade since April 4th. This follows four straight daily declines and a decline in 14 out of the past 15 sessions.