Market Reports for Dec. 8, 2012

12/8/2012 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Price Per Hundredweight
December 7, 2012
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 126.60; Last week 125.10; Last year 127.75.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 107.30; Last week 108.85; Last year 117.00.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 122.85; Last week 124.10; Last year 126.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 71.45; Last week 71.65; Last year 69.00.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 71.00; Last week 70.50; Last year 66.00.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 86.65; Last week 87.45; Last year 75.25.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 63.50; Last week 61.50; Last year 69.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 149.00; Last week 130.00; Last year 185.50.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 102.40; Last week 100.60.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 115.50; Last week 115.50.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

To provide farmers across the state with a handy reference of commodity input costs in their feeding operations for DHIA record sheets or to develop livestock feed cost data, here are last week’s average costs of various ingredients as compiled from regional reports across the state of Pennsylvania.

Remember, these are averages, so you will need to adjust your figures up or down according to your location and the quality of your crop.

Corn, No. 2:  7.35 bu, 13.16 cwt.

Wheat, No. 2:  8.33 bu, 13.92 cwt.

Barley, No. 3:  4.64 bu, 9.92 cwt.

Oats, No. 2:  3.49 bu, 10.89 cwt.

Soybeans, No. 2:  13.77 bu, 22.99 cwt.

Ear Corn:  200.00 ton, 10.00 cwt.

Alfalfa Hay:  255.00 ton, 12.75 cwt.

Mixed Hay: 239.37 ton, 11.97 cwt.

Timothy Hay:   183.75 ton, 9.19 cwt.

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 7, 2012
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2753, Last week 2648, Last year 3178.
CALVES: 1857, Last year 2166, Last year 1662.

This week in Lancaster County slaughter steers traded steady to firm. A lighter supply of cattle marketed this week helped promote demand and managed to keep prices at elevated levels for another week. The Christmas season is upon us, and typically in the beef industry this correlates to an increase in demand for ribs and tenderloins. The increase in the Choice/Select spread confirms the seasonal norm.

The spread peaked just after the Thanksgiving Holiday at 22.16/cwt and has remained remain above 20.00/cwt to date. The spread is expected to soon contract as buying for the upcoming Holidays quickly diminishes. Most of the cattle needed for the Christmas and New Year Holiday orders have already been purchased and packers are likely to be less aggressive in the coming weeks.

The box beef market has pulled off a couple dollar per cwt since it hit its seasonal high of 196.33/cwt two weeks ago. On Thursday Choice cutouts were quoted at 194.13/cwt with the Choice/Select spread at 20.44/cwt.

Cull cow prices in the Lancaster region have maintained a steady trade. Demand has been moderate and supplies were slightly off this week.

Agricultural commodity futures traded within a tight range this past week. Speculative interest has been down with no fresh news on the fundamental side and insecurities over congress and the “fiscal cliff” keeping money on the sidelines in the outside markets.

CME closes for agricultural commodities as of Thursday are as follows: December Corn 7.475/bu; December Soybean Meal 458.00/ton; December Live Cattle 126.075/cwt; January Feeder Cattle 148.25/cwt.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1575 lbs 129.00-133.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1665 lbs 123.00-129.00; SELECT 2-3: 1175-1500 lbs 117.50- 123.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-4: 1500-1650 lbs 111.00-115.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 106.00-109.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 102.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 123.00-126.75; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 119.00-122.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1350 lbs 113.00-118.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 70.50-76.00, High dress 76.00-78.00, Low dress 65.00-69.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 68.00-75.00, High dress 75.00-78.50, Low dress 62.00-68.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 67.00-75.50, High dress 75.50-78.50, Low dress 58.00-67.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 63.00-69.50, High dress 69.50-72.50, Low dress 55.00-63.00.

MONDAY: SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 890-1795 lbs 88.00-94.00, high dress 102.50-112.00, low dress 79.00-85.00.

THURSDAY: SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 920-1675 lbs average dress 80.00-84.00, high dress 85.00-87.50, low dress 76.00-79.50.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold on an unevenly steady trade. Quality was less attractive this week and buyers have been expressing light demand. High feed prices and a drop veal contracts have allowed for little room to purchase calves. Composite veal carcass values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 335.00-370.00/cwt this week with a weighted average value of 356.13/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-120 lbs 100.00-115.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-105.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 85.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-90.00; #3: 95-120 lbs 60.00-80.00, 80-90 lbs 55.00-70.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 30.00-60.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-115 lbs 105.00-145.00; #2: 85-115 lbs 50.00-85.00; NON-TUBING: 60-100 lbs 20.00-45.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 100.00, 103-112 lbs 107.00-112.00; #2: 114 lbs 95.00, 95-113 lbs 102.00-112.00, 84-90 lbs 82.00-90.00; #3: 93-110 lbs 70.00-72.00, 83-84 lbs 50.00-55.00, 74 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 83-104 lbs 30.00-35.00, 73 lbs 12.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 92-116 lbs 140.00-145.00; #2: 91-103 lbs 120.00-130.00, 83 lbs 80.00, 75 lbs 40.00; NON-TUBING: 72-81 lbs 35.00-40.00, 65 lbs 12.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 106.00, 94-118 lbs 116.00-122.00, 90-92 lbs 106.00, 86-88 lbs 80.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 111.00-122.00, 80-92 lbs 70.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 50.00-65.00, 90-98 lbs 82.00-88.00, 72-88 lbs 30.00-50.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 30.00-35.00, 60-88 lbs 15.00-25.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-100 lbs 115.00-120.00; #2: 75-115 lbs 40.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-80 lbs 20.00-30.00.

Source: USDA Dept of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Nov. 30, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Combined Livestock Receipts from New Holland, Vintage, Dewart, Middleburg, Greencastle, Lebanon Valley and Waynesburg.

CATTLE: This week 3448; Last week 2645; Year ago 4025. CALVES: This week 3072; Last week 2210; Year ago 3125. HOGS: This week 949; Last week 1139; Year ago 1212. FEEDER PIGS: This week n/a; Last week 609; Year ago n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 2295; Last week 1762; Year ago 1845. GOATS: This week 2052; Last week 2637; Year ago 1930.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold .50 to 1.00 higher. Slaughter holsteins sold steady to 1.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter cows sold mostly .50 to 1.00 lower. Slaughter bulls sold 1.00 to 3.00 higher.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week all feeder cattle sold mostly steady.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week holstein bull calves sold 10.00 to 15.00 lower. Holstein heifers sold steady.

HOGS: Compared to last weeks sale, barrows and gilts sold steady to 1.00 lower. Sows sold 1.00 to 2.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold steady to 5.00 lower and sheep sold mostly steady.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold 10.00 to 20.00 lower. Nannies and billies sold 5.00 to 10.00 lower.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 864, Last week 670, Year ago 810. CALVES: 480, Last week 650, Year ago 402.

When compared to last Monday, slaughter cows sold 1.00-2.00 lower with light to moderate demand. Bulls sold 1.00-2.00 higher. Cattle supply included 147 slaughter steers and heifers, 287 cows, 97 bulls, and 139 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 71.50-73.50, High dress 73.50-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 68.00-72.00, High dress 73.00-78.50, Low dress 62.00-67.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 67.00-71.00, High dress 72.00-75.00, Low dress 58.00-65.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 63.00-67.00, High dress 68.50-72.00, Low dress 55.00-62.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 890-1795 lbs 88.00-94.00, high dress 102.50-112.00, low dress 79.00-85.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein Bull Calves sold mostly 5.00 lower with light demand. Heifers sold weak with light demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-120 lbs 100.00-115.00, 80-90 lbs 90.00-105.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 85.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-90.00; #3: 95-120 lbs 60.00-80.00, 80-90 lbs 55.00-70.00; UTILITY: 70-115 lbs 30.00-60.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-115 lbs 105.00-145.00; #2: 85-115 lbs 50.00-85.00; NON-TUBING: 60-100 lbs 20.00-45.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-354-2391. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 193, Last week 226; CALVES: 108, Last week 128.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold 1.00-2.00 higher with good demand. Cows traded 1.00-2.00 higher as well with moderate demand. Cattle supply consisted of 92 steers, 04 heifers, 89 cows, 3 bulls and 05 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1575 lbs 129.00-132.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1360-1665 lbs 126.00-129.00, full 124.50-125.50; SELECT 2-3: 1175-1435 lbs 117.50-123.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: few 1465-1470 lbs 106.50-108.50; SELECT 2- 3: few 1470-1580 lbs 99.50-104.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 68.00-73.50, Low dress 63.50-65.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 67.00-71.00, Low dress 61.50-65.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 65.00-70.50, Low dress 59.00-63.50.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 5.00 lower with light demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 95-115 lbs 95.00-105.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 70.00-90.00; #3: 80-115 lbs 65.00-75.00; UTILITY: 75-110 lbs 30.00-60.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-354-2391.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Dec. 14.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1121; Week Ago: 837; Year Ago: 1499.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold steady to 2.00 higher with moderate demand. Sows traded steady to 2.00 higher with good demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 63.00-65.00, 300-400 lbs 62.00-65.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 60.50-62.50, 300-400 lbs 59.00-61.50.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 54.00-57.00, 500-700 lbs 59.00-62.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.00-19.00.

Source: USDA Agricultural Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by Auction

160 total head. Overall market 100.00 higher. Prices per head.

Work: 300.00-1200.00.

Driving: 250.00-400.00.

Riding: 300.00-400.00.

Better Riding: 485.00-725.00.

Registered Riding: 300.00-2400.00.

Ponies: 100.00-410.00.

Large Ponies: 100.00-200.00.

Colts: 100.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1679; Last week: 2245; Year Ago: 1854.
GOAT RECEIPTS: 1452; Last week: 1999; Year Ago: 1777.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last Monday, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Several very good quality light weight lambs in the offering. Slaughter ewes traded mostly 5.00-10.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 78 percent lambs, 17 percent slaughter ewes, and 5 percent miscellaneous stock. All sheep and lambs are destined for non-traditional markets. All sheep and lambs are sold by the hundred weight, on actual weights. NON-TRADITIONAL:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 50-60 lbs 170.00-175.00, 60-70 lbs 160.00-182.00, 70-80 lbs 154.00-174.00, 80-90 lbs 138.00-158.00, 90-105 lbs 140.00-160.00; CHOICE/PRIME 2-4: 50-60 lbs 216.00-248.00, 60-65 lbs 220.00-236.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-60 lbs 160.00-175.00, 70-80 lbs 140.00-150.00, 80-90 lbs 122.00-130.00, 90-110 lbs 115.00-128.00, 110-120 lbs 112.00-126.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 90-110 lbs 108.00-114.00, 128 lbs 110.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs 78.00-90.00, 120-190 lbs 76.00-88.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-120 lbs 75.00-80.00, 120-160 lbs 62.00-76.00, 200-215 lbs 64.00-66.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 120-150 lbs 75.00-92.00, 160-200 lbs 80.00-98.00, 200-250 lbs 58.00-66.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week`s sale, slaughter kids sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher. Nannies sold 10.00-20.00 higher. Demand was good for goats overall. Slaughter supply consisted of 71 percent Slaughter Kids, 14 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 15 percent miscellaneous stock. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 45 lbs 96.00, 55 lbs 106.00, 60-65 lbs 124.00-135.00, 70-75 lbs 108.00-128.00, 80-100 lbs 110.00-134.00, 120 lbs 120.00; SEL 2: 50-55 lbs 88.00-100.00, 60-65 lbs 100.00-118.00, 70-75 lbs 102.00-112.00, 80-100 lbs 90.00-110.00; SEL 3: 45 lbs 68.00, 55 lbs 72.00-78.00, 65 lbs 90.00, 70-90 lbs 72.00-90.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 100-125 lbs 124.00-137.00, 130-140 lbs 122.00-140.00; SEL 2: 100-110 lbs 90.00-92.00; SEL 3: 90-100 lbs 74.00-80.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 135 lbs 158.00-175.00, 160 lbs 184.00; SEL 2: 120-135 lbs 137.00-158.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS: SEL 1: 90-125 lbs 146.00-208.00, 130-155 lbs 172.00-245.00; SEL 2: 100-110 lbs 128.00-148.00, 120 lbs 160.00.

Source: USDA Dept. of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Dec. 4, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 388, Last week 408, Last year 468. CALVES: 622, Last week 681, Last year 564.

Compared to last week slaughter Holsteins sold firm on a very light test. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded 1.00-2.00 higher. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 40 steers and heifers, 328 cows, 10 bulls, and 10 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEINS: CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1600 lbs 103.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITES: 65-75% lean, avg dress 70.50-74.00, high dress 75.00-78.00, low dress 67.00-69.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, avg dress 70.00-74.00, high dress 75.50-78.50, low dress 64.50-69.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, avg dress 70.50-75.50, high dress 76.50-78.50, low dress 64.50-69.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, avg dress 65.00-69.00, high dress 70.00-72.00, low dress 55.00-64.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1695-2190 lbs avg dress 86.75-89.50; low dress 79.50-81.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold 10.00-20.00 lower on moderate demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 512 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 100.00, 103-112 lbs 107.00-112.00; #2: 114 lbs 95.00, 95-113 lbs 102.00-112.00, 84-90 lbs 82.00-90.00; #3: 93-110 lbs 70.00-72.00, 83-84 lbs 50.00-55.00, 74 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 83-104 lbs 30.00-35.00, 73 lbs 12.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 92-116 lbs 140.00-145.00; #2: 91-103 lbs 120.00-130.00, 83 lbs 80.00, 75 lbs 40.00; NON-TUBING: 72-81 lbs 35.00-40.00, 65 lbs 12.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 5, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts 349; Last Week: 247; Last Year: 274.

Compared to last week, dairy cows and bred heifers sold weaker on a light test. Demand moderate. Wednesday’s supply included 46 fresh milking cows, 5 short-bred cows, 15 springing cows, 32 short-bred heifers, 54 springing heifers, 60 open heifers, and 9 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1575.00-1675.00; Approved: 1450.00-1550.00; Medium: 1200.00-1425.00; Common: 1000.00-1150.00.

CULL COWS: 475.00-1050.00.

SHORT BRED COWS (1-3 months): Approved: 1150.00-1200.00; Medium: 900.00-975.00; Common: 775.00-850.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS (1-3 months): Approved: 1050.00-1075.00; Medium: 925.00-1025.00.

BRED HEIFERS (4-6 months): Supreme: 1325.00-1350.00; Approved: 1100.00-1200.00; Medium: 950.00-1075.00; Common: 775.00-950.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1475.00-1675.00; Approved: 1275.00-1450.00; Medium: 1050.00-1250.00; Common: 850.00-1025.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Medium: 335.00-410.00; 600-900 LBS: Medium: 600.00-625.00; 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 800.00-850.00; 1200-1500 LBS: Approved: 950.00-1050.00.

BULLS: 900-1200 lbs 1025.00-1175.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1175.00-1275.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 5, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 383; Last sale: 245.

When compared to the most recent sale, feeder pigs sold firm with moderate to good demand. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 8 head, 15-20 lbs 197.00-197.00; 12 head, 25-30 lbs 145.00-145.00; 13 head, 30-35 lbs 130.00-140.00; 14 head, 40-50 lbs 98.00-112.00; 7 head, 50-60 lbs 80.00-80.00; 20 head, 60-80 lbs 50.00-60.00.

US 2: 81 head, 20-25 lbs 165.00-185.00; 86 head, 25-30 lbs 137.00-156.00; 35 head, 30-35 lbs 150.00-162.00; 37 head, 45-50 lbs 96.00-107.00.

Source: USDA Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale Dec. 19.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Dec. 6, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 959, Last week 1097, Last year 1062. CALVES: 647, Last week 707, Last year 573.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold steady. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins 2.00-3.00 higher. Slaughter heifers steady to 1.00 higher. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows sold steady to 1.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 268 slaughter steers; 117 heifers; 498 cows; 53 bulls; and 23 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1200-1575 lbs 128.00-133.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 123.00-128.50; SELECT 1-3: 1180-1600 lbs 117.50- 122.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-4: 1500-1650 lbs 111.00-115.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 106.00-109.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 102.00-105.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: Few 1350-1550 lbs 123.00-126.75; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 119.00-122.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1350 lbs 113.00-118.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-76.00, Low dress 65.00-72.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.00, Low dress 64.00-70.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.00, High dress 77.00, Low dress 64.00-70.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 66.50-69.50, High dress 70.00-72.50, Low dress 57.00-65.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 920-1675 lbs average dress 80.00-84.00, high dress 85.00-87.50, low dress 76.00-79.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher compared to last week on moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly steady on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 444 head for this Thursday’s graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 106.00, 94-118 lbs 116.00-122.00, 90-92 lbs 106.00, 86-88 lbs 80.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 111.00-122.00, 80-92 lbs 70.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 50.00-65.00, 90-98 lbs 82.00-88.00, 72-88 lbs 30.00-50.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 30.00-35.00, 60-88 lbs 15.00-25.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-100 lbs 115.00-120.00; #2: 75-115 lbs 40.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-80 lbs 20.00-30.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA, Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

PA Grain Report
Harrisburg, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to two weeks ago, corn sold .10 to .15 higher, wheat sold .10 to .15 higher, barley sold .10 to .15 lower, oats sold steady to .05 lower and soybeans sold .20 to .30 higher. Ear corn sold steady to 2.00 lower. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.18-7.87, avg 7.59, contracts Dec 6.30-6.32. WHEAT #2: 8.35-9.03, avg 8.66, contracts Dec 8.25-8.29. BARLEY #3: 4.80-5.00, avg 4.90, contracts Jul 4.75. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 13.39-14.27, avg 13.77, contracts Dec 12.50-12.53. EAR CORN: 210.00, avg 210.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.70, avg 7.33. BARLEY #3: 4.25-5.15, avg 4.80. OATS #2: 4.00-4.50, avg 4.16. SOYBEANS #2: 12.90-13.96, avg 13.31. EAR CORN: 195.00-215.00, avg 205.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.70-7.70, avg 7.17. WHEAT #2: 7.50-9.01, avg 8.17. BARLEY #3: 4.00-4.50, avg 4.21. OATS #2: 3.25-3.75, avg 3.55. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-13.32, avg 13.20. EAR CORN: 185.00, avg 185.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.25-7.70, avg 7.47. WHEAT #2: 9.15, avg 9.15. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 3.85-4.50, avg 4.17. SOYBEAN #2: 13.10-13.70, avg 13.46. GR. SORGHUM: 7.90, avg 7.90.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.70-7.87, avg 7.40, month ago 7.85, year ago 6.71. WHEAT #2: 7.50-9.15, avg 8.52, month ago 8.87, year ago 6.33. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.75, avg 4.73, month ago 5.17, year ago 5.05. OATS #2: 3.25-4.90, avg 4.04, month ago 4.13, year ago 4.15. SOYBEANS #2: 12.90-14.27, avg 13.44, month ago 15.59, year ago 10.75. EAR CORN: 185.00-215.00, avg 197.50, month ago 225.00, year ago 198.20.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-8.02, avg 7.34. WHEAT #2: 8.25, avg 8.25. OATS #2: 3.20-5.25, avg 3.98. SOYBEANS #2: 14.11, avg 14.11.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

PA Regional Hay
Harrisburg, Pa.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Dealer Hay & Straw Market for Eastern, Pa.: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton. Compared to last week, hay and straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 100.00-335.00. MIXED: 85.00-235.00. TIMOTHY: 85.00-260.00. STRAW: 80.00-160.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 185 loads. Straw: 28 loads. ALFALFA: 200.00-410.00. MIXED: 100.00-400.00. TIMOTHY: 115.00-275.00. GRASS: 105.00-370.00. STRAW: 120.00-225.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 81 loads; Straw: 8 loads. ALFALFA: 75.00-215.00. MIXED: 72.50-385.00. TIMOTHY: 87.50-195.00. GRASS: 72.00-300.00. STRAW: 105.00-190.00.

Source: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Nov. 29, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Radiant and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Nov 22-28, 2012.

Feeder Cattle: 2246 (Steers 833; Heifers 962; Bulls 451).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 150.00-176.00; 41 head, 400-500 lbs 137.00-172.00; 106 head, 500-600 lbs 131.00-154.00; 142 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00-143.00; 63 head, 700-800 lbs 121.00-137.00; 8 head, 800-900 lbs 125.00; 48 head, 900-1000 lbs 133.50; 7 head, 1000-1100 lbs 97.00-115.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 10 head, 500-600 lbs 131.50. MED/LGE 2: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 148.00-178.00; 52 head, 400-500 lbs 144.00-173.50; 70 head, 500-600 lbs 133.00-151.00; 66 head, 600-700 lbs 126.00-137.25; 32 head, 700-800 lbs 120.00-133.50; 9 head, 800-900 lbs 132.50. MED/LGE 3: 19 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-161.00; 24 head, 500-600 lbs 118.00-137.25; 20 head, 600-700 lbs 92.00-130.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 116.00-177.50; 76 head, 400-500 lbs 126.00-164.50; 44 head, 500-600 lbs 127.00-143.00; 19 head, 600-700 lbs 118.00-125.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 10 head, 600-700 lbs 121.50; 7 head, 700-800 lbs 116.75. MED/LGE 2: 15 head, 300-400 lbs 120.00-180.00; 97 head, 400-500 lbs 81.00-162.50; 47 head, 500-600 lbs 124.00-137.00; 17 head, 600-700 lbs 105.00-125.75.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 13 head, 300-400 lbs 126.00-144.50; 55 head, 400-500 lbs 119.50-139.00; 121 head, 500-600 lbs 91.00-136.00; 89 head, 600-700 lbs 112.00-127.50; 33 head, 700-800 lbs 107.00-126.00; 7 head, 800-900 lbs 117.00; 4 head, 900-1000 lbs 90.00-93.50. MED/LGE 2: 35 head, 300-400 lbs 124.00-151.75; 95 head, 400-500 lbs 104.00-141.00; 134 head, 500-600 lbs 106.00-132.50; 64 head, 600-700 lbs 81.00-128.75; 40 head, 700-800 lbs 103.00-125.50; 7 head, 800-900 lbs 115.50. MED/LGE 3: 14 head, 300-400 lbs 119.00-140.00; 28 head, 400-500 lbs 113.00-134.00; 34 head, 500-600 lbs 103.00-128.25; 22 head, 600-700 lbs 91.00-125.00; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 110.00.

Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA. 804.786-3947.

Kentucky Seasonal Feeder Sales
Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

KY-TN CPH Sale, Guthrie, KY. CPH Graded Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 12/03/2012. Actual Receipts: 970.

All cattle are weaned, must have met specific vaccination requirements and co-mingled unless denoted otherwise.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 6 head, 465-495 lbs 151.00-155.00; 25 head, 550-558 lbs 144.00-145.50; 152 head, 626-680 lbs 125.00-142.25; 390 head, 721-791 lbs 137.00-140.00; 119 head, 828-838 lbs 130.75-137.00; 8 head, 976 lbs 120.25.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1-2: GROUPS OF 20+: 22 head, 558 lbs 145.50 bbwf; 67 head, 626 lbs 142.25 bbwf; 74 head, 680 lbs 141.50 bbwf; 114 head, 721 lbs 140.00 bbwf; 29 head, 746 lbs 137.25 char-red; 67 head, 747 lbs 137.00 blk 1 owner; 118 head, 775 lbs 138.25 bbwf; 62 head, 791 lbs 138.50 blk 1 owner; 114 head, 838 lbs 137.00 bbwf.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1-2: 8 head, 478 lbs 137.00; 28 head, 545-575 lbs 126.50-134.50; 117 head, 630-681 lbs 128.00-138.75; 89 head, 724-755 lbs 124.00-132.00; 17 head, 835-839 lbs 114.50-117.75.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1-2: GROUPS OF 20+: 26 head, 545 lbs 134.50 bbwf; 77 head, 630 lbs 138.75 bbwf; 32 head, 681 lbs 129.25 bbwf; 69 head, 736 lbs 132.00 blk.

Source: Kentucky Dept of Ag-USDA Market News, Frankfort, KY. 502-564-4896.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Dec. 5, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA

Fluid cream and condensed skim prices in tanklot quantities: spot prices of class II cream, dollars per lb. Butterfat: F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - 1.7194-2.0469.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices - 1.55-1.59. Northeast - Class III - spot prices - 1.71-1.75.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 40; LAST WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST YR: In 14, Out 0. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: THIS WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST YR: In 0, Out 0.

Manufacturing milk supplies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are down from last week, but above levels prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Class I demand has leveled off this week. Milk production in both regions is increasing, but the increases compared to a year ago are trending lower. Milk production in Florida is increasing as seasonally mild temperatures have improved cow comfort levels.

Class I demand has marginally declined this week. The increase in the milk supply prompted 40 spot loads to be exported from Florida. These are the first export loads, since late July and have occurred 3 weeks earlier than last year. The lack of rain has increased drought conditions across the state. The dry conditions and cooler conditions have limited forage growth and prompted supplemental hay feeding. Southeast milk supplies are nearly in balance with demand. Most auxiliary manufacturers are being held to their contract minimums.

Class I demand has leveled off this week. Cream supplies are having a problem finding a home. Significant discounts are being used to prompt buyers to purchase loads. The excess cream supply is due to a combination of factors, which include, increases in overall milk production, increases in butterfat levels, strong cream volumes coming off increased yogurt production and lower demand from cream based product manufacturers as holiday orders are nearly filled. The consistently declining butter market has put some cream buyers on the sidelines waiting for the market to find a floor. Lower butter prices have also lessened fears of expanding inventories for some butter makers, but most are not inclined to expand inventories by any great amount. Multiples ranged wildly this week from 105-125 and were dependent on day of week and location. Condensed skim supplies are a little more available as Class I demand in some areas has leveled off. Class II demand remains fairly good with some slight declines as holiday orders are being filled. Condensed skim volumes channeled to dryers are at lighter levels, compared to last week.

According to NASS, ice cream production in the Atlantic region for October totaled 13.5 million gallons, 7.1% more than September and 3.3% more than October 2011. U.S. Yogurt production (plain and flavored) for October totaled 371.0 million pounds, down 7.0% from September, but 4.4% more than for the same period last year. Cumulative 2012 production through September totaled 3,773.3 million pounds, 3.7% higher than through October 2011.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Dec. 5, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

BUTTER prices received for 25 kilogram and 68 pound boxes meeting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade AA standards averaged $1.71 per pound for the week ending December 1, 2012. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 14.6 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.92 per pound for the week ending December 1, 2012. The price per pound decreased 7.7 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.84 per pound, down 7.9 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 65.7 cents per pound for the week ending December 1, 2012. The US price per pound increased 0.3 cents from the previous week.

NONFAT DRY MILK prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $1.53 per pound for the week ending December 1, 2012. The US price per pound increased 1.1 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 3, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total CHEESE output (excluding cottage cheese) was 928 million pounds, 3.2 percent above October 2011 and 6.3 percent above September 2012.

ITALIAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 388 million pounds, 0.9 percent above October 2011 and 4.8 percent above September 2012.

AMERICAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 371 million pounds, 5.1 percent above October 2011 and 6.1 percent above September 2012.

BUTTER production was 146 million pounds, slightly above October 2011 and 6.8 percent above September 2012.

DRY MILK powders (comparisons with October 2011) Nonfat dry milk, human - 95.0 million pounds, down 5.6 percent. Skim milk powders - 45.6 million pounds, up 8.7 percent.

WHEY products (comparisons with October 2011) Dry whey, total - 76.0 million pounds, down 1.9 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 83.0 million pounds, down 0.4 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 37.0 million pounds, down 0.8 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (comparisons with October 2011) Ice cream, regular (hard) - 64.0 million gallons, up 6.1 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) - 31.6 million gallons, down 6.6 percent. Sherbet (hard) - 3.06 million gallons, up 18.5 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) - 4.60 million gallons, up 4.2 percent.

Released December 3, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Kutztown Produce Auction
Fleetwood, Pa.
Dec. 1, 2012
Report Supplied by Auction

Reported Sales: November 27-December 1.

Produce

Apples: 4.50-11.00 ½-bu.
Beans: 2.00-7.50 box.
Brussels Sprouts: 2.50-3.25 bunch, 10.00 ½-bu.
Cabbage: 0.35-0.85 ea.
Carrots: 8.50 50-lb.
Eggs: 0.60-1.95 doz.
Lettuce: 2.50-5.00 box.
Nuts: Shelled: 2.25-3.00 ½-pt.
Onions: Spanish: 4.50-6.00 ½-bu.
Pineapples: 1.50 ea.
Peppers: Red: 2.50 ½-bu.
Potatoes: 2.50-8.50 50-lb.
Sweet Potatoes: 6.00-14.00 ½-bu.
Raspberries: Red: 7.00 flat.
Tomatoes: 3.00-12.00 25-lb.

Flowers / Christmas Items / Other

Poinsettias: 1.00-2.50 ea.
Shrubs: 2.00-6.00 ea.
Christmas Bows: 0.75 ea
Cemetery Pieces: 6.00-14.00 ea.
Crosses: Plain: 1.00 ea; Decorated: 9.00-13.00 ea.
Greens: 0.50-10.00 bunch; Roping: 5.00-9.00 25-feet, 15.00-19.00 75-feet.
Holly: 1.00-8.00 bunch.
Pine Cones: 1.50 box.
Kissing Balls: 10.00-12.00 ea.
Log Boxes: Plain: 1.00-3.50 ea; Decorated: 4.50-9.00 ea.
Swags: 3.50-8.50 ea.
Winter Berry: 4.00-11.00 bunch.
Wreaths: 2.00-8.00 ea; Large: 10.00-18.00 ea.
Trees: Blue Spruce: 3.00-10.00 ea; Douglas Fur: 3.00-22.00 ea; Frazier Fur: 5.00-18.00 ea; Misc: 1.00-23.00 ea.

SALES: Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 9 a.m.

U.S. Ag Trade
Washington, D.C.
Nov. 29, 2012
Report supplied by USDA/AES

FY 2013 Exports Forecast at a Record $145 Billion: Fiscal 2013 agricultural exports are forecast at a record $145 billion, up $1.5 billion from the August forecast and $9.2 billion above fiscal 2012 exports. Grain and feed exports are forecast down $1.9 billion mostly due to lower corn exports. Oilseed exports are up $3.3 billion on much higher volumes and record prices. Cotton exports are forecast down $200 million in part due to reduced Chinese demand. Horticultural exports are unchanged at a record $32 billion. The forecast for livestock, poultry and dairy is down $100 million on lower poultry, beef, and cattle exports.

Imports at a Record $115 Billion: U.S. imports are projected at a record $115 billion in fiscal 2013, up 11 percent from 2012’s imports of $103.4 billion, but down $2 billion from the August forecast for 2013. The reduced forecast for 2013 is largely due to significantly lower prices for tropical oils, processed fruits and vegetables, sugar, coffee, rubber, and cocoa. The forecast trade balance for fiscal 2013 shows a surplus of $30 billion, down $2.4 billion from 2012.

SOURCE: USDA: AES, ERS and FAS. http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/AES/AES-11-29-2012.pdf

U.S. Egg Products
Washington, D. C.
Nov. 30, 2012
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Up 5%: Shell eggs broken totaled 183 million dozen during October 2012, up 5 percent from October a year ago, and 2 percent above the 180 million broken last month.

During calendar year 2012 through October, shell eggs broken totaled 1,768 million dozen, up 2 percent from the comparable period in 2011. To date, cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2012 was 2,291 million pounds, up 2 percent from 2011.

Data presented in this report were compiled from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection reports. The best available data at the time of publication were used.

October 2011 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. October 2012 contained 23 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Released November 30, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Potato Production
Washington, D.C.
Nov. 30, 2012
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Production Up 8% From 2011: This publication is the result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to publish potato production for both countries in one report. United States 2012 fall potato production was released November 9, 2012 and Canadian production was released November 16, 2012.

The 2012 fall potato production for the United States and Canada combined is estimated at 522 million cwt, up 8 percent from 2011. The United States fall potato production is estimated at 422 million cwt, 8 percent above 2011. Canada’s potato growers harvested 100 million cwt, up 9 percent from 2011.

Released November 30, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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