Public Auction Yard Cattle Wtd Avg
BL_LS750
Billings, MT    Fri Jan 12, 2018    USDA Market News
 
Public Auction Yards- Billings, MT
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 01/12/2018
 
Receipts:  1,267    Last Week:  1,370    Year Ago:  1,964
 
Compared to last week: Last week saw a very light run of feeder cattle,
thus no accurate market trend can be developed, however steady to higher
undertones were noticed on all calves weighing less than 600 lbs, while
calves over 600 lbs sold with lower undertones. Quality this week was 
average to attractive and noticeably better than last week�s sale. Most
calves were in very light flesh, with most weaned for 60 days or more. 
Demand for feeder calves was moderate to good for calves suitable to go 
to grass, while heavier weight calves sold on mostly light to moderate 
demand. Market activity this sale was moderate to active. Weigh up cows
sold on mostly moderate to good demand for light offerings. Packers showed
the strongest demand for cows as they purchased them both to send to feed
as well as for immediate harvest. Most cows were very full this sale, offering
buyers weigh conditions in favor of the seller. Despite this, demand for cows
for immediate harvest was good. The cow cutout remains strong as post-holiday 
demand has helped keep the cutout near 170.00. The cow cutout as of todays 
close was estimated at 170.40, 0.04 higher than Thursdays close. A heavy 
offering of bred stock was seen this sale. Buyers were very active in
purchasing cows both ringside as well as on the internet. One complete
dispersion of Angus cows sold on very good demand. Most of these lots are
tagged as fancy in the report below. Feeder cattle receipts were 58 percent 
steers, 42 percent heifers; 64 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Offerings 
were 59 percent feeder cattle, 11 percent slaughter cows, 0 percent slaughter 
bulls, 6 percent feeding cows and cows returning to the country. The next sale        
will be Wednesday January 17th, 2018.
      



                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2      388       388       221.00         221.00
   80    405-448     438    210.00-222.00     215.00
    9    450-485     466    195.00-211.00     201.94
   14    513-537     530    183.00-192.00     185.49
   42    552-571     566    167.00-183.00     171.34
   87    603-623     617    153.50-160.00     158.51   Calves
   66    663-682     671    153.50-155.50     155.12   Calves
   44      731       731       147.00         147.00   Calves

                Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4      361       361       215.00         215.00
    9    492-493     492    184.00-185.00     184.22
    8      636       636       154.50         154.50   Calves

                Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   20    479-497     492    168.00-179.00     169.10
   47    553-588     571    145.00-156.00     152.87
   45    601-616     613    142.00-145.00     143.63   Calves
  127    653-676     661    140.50-142.75     142.04   Calves

               Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    7      635       635       139.50         139.50   Calves
   13      712       712       134.00         134.00   Calves

Slaughter Cows       
           Pct Lean    Weight    Avg Dress  High Dress   Low Dress   Very Low Dress      
Breakers    75-80       1435       59.50        --          --             --
Boners      80-85    1370-1614  56.00-60.00     --       51.00-55.50       --
Lean        85-90    1050-1350  55.50-58.50     --       50.00-54.00   47.50-49.50 
  

Feeding Cows and Cows Returning to the Country: 2 yrs old: 845-1163 lbs 71.00-100.00. 
3 yrs old 925-1252 lbs 60.00-80.00. Young age 965-1365 lbs 57.00-62.00, rebreed quality 
71.00-76.00, thin 54.00. Middle Aged 1253-1360 55.50-57.00. Aged 935-1275 lbs 51.00-58.00, 
thin 46.50-49.00.       
   
Bred heifers: Medium and large 1  calving before May 15th 1226-1357 lbs 1,350.00-1,525.00
fancy 1,835.00. Medium and large 1-2 calving before May 15th 965 lbs 1,125.00. Medium 1
calving May-June 884 lbs 1,100.00.

Bred cows: 3-4 yrs old Medium and large 1 calving before May 15th 1184-1283 lbs 1,310.00
-1,500.00, fancy 1,775.00. Medium and large 1-2 calving before May 15th 1073-1325 lbs 
1,225.00-1,275.00.

Bred cows: 5-6 yrs old Medium and large 1 calving before May 15th 1120-1400 lbs 1,300.00
-1,325.00, fancy 1,650.00. 

Bred cows:  Middle age (Solid mouth) Medium and large 1 calving before May 15th 1198-1455 lbs 
1,060.00-1,225.00.

Bred cows:  Aged (Broken mouth) Medium and large 1 calving before May 15th 1283-1439 lbs 
925.00-1,075.00.

Source:  USDA- Livestock, Poultry, Grain, Market News Service
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge, 406-210-4792
         john.kimbrell@ams.usda.gov
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_LS750.txt
 
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