Market Reports for April 27, 2013

4/27/2013 7:00 AM

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
April 26, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 119.75; Last week 119.25; Last year 119.85.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 105.15; Last week 105.75; Last year 106.25.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 117.25; Last week 118.70; Last year 116.90.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 75.45; Last week 75.25; Last year 84.85.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 75.65; Last week 75.00; Last year 83.25.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 88.90; Last week 90.40; Last year 96.75.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 53.50; Last week 61.50; Last year 60.50.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 152.00; Last week 177.50; Last year 217.50.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 195.75; Last week 175.70.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 145.00; Last week 139.50.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
April 19, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3292; Last week 3831; Last year 5195. CALVES: This week 4019; Last week 2150; Last year 2612. HOGS: This week 1111; Last week 1197; Last year 1615. FEEDER PIGS: This week n/a; Last week n/a; Last year 289. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 2456; Last week 1894; Last year 2050. GOATS: This week 1487; Last week 1265; Last year 1564.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s market, slaughter steers sold mostly firm. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly firm. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady to firm and slaughter cows sold mostly steady. Slaughter bulls sold mostly steady.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week’s market, slaughter steers sold mostly 4.00 to 7.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 higher and slaughter bulls sold mostly steady.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher and holstein heifers sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00 to 3.00 higher. Sows sold mostly 3.00 to 4.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00 higher. Slaughter ewes sold weak.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly firm. Nanny goats sold mostly firm. Slaughter billies sold mostly 10.00 to 20.00 higher.

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

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
April 26, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2176, Last week 2133, Last year 2674. CALVES: 1197, Last week 1243, Last year 1165.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher on good demand. Cattle supplies decreased again this week as producers continue to watch the market get soft. Cattle quality remains good overall.

Choice box beef cutouts were quoted at 191.54 on Thursday, unchanged from the previous day. The Choice/Select spread has widened from Wednesday's close of 6.73/cwt to 7.03/cwt on Thursday. Boxed beef prices didn't jump but moved steadily higher all week.

April Live Cattle futures gained a little ground on Thursday's close and cash trade is at standstill in the Midwest. No negotiated trades out of the great plains as packers bid from $125.00-126.00 across the plains with no success. Futures prices responded to a seller reluctance to sell cattle at steady money.

Attitudes are changing among sellers of fed cattle. Beef plants don't process futures contracts and sellers are less willing to take the first bid. Futures traders are sensing this change recognizing a new emerging bull in the cash markets assuming a new role as leader of futures prices rather than reacting to them. Packers will resist $128-130 asking prices but ultimately will require cattle for processing.

The USDA Cattle on Feed report was released last Friday. The blow out on placements surprised all analysts and the high end of analysts range was 3 percent under the final number. It was not surprising to many of the feedlot operations in Texas where early previews reflected a 25% increase over prior year in Texas.

Traders also were prepared and had discounted the June futures 6.00 under the current cash price. Much of the increase in placements was found in heavy weight placements, above 800 pounds.

The mindset of many in the industry whose operating mode was based on the premise that numbers of cattle available in the country for beef production were so critical that beef plants and feedlots were in a shut down mode.

While numbers are declining and may decline further, this month's report and the large numbers of feeder cattle movements in April are a reminder that we are not out of replacement cattle.

June contracts are at 122.85/cwt as of Thursday afternoon and December contracts are at 128.50/cwt.

Corn futures took a held steady this week to 6.45/bu for May with December contracts at falling only slightly to 5.31/bu.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 121.00-126.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1370-1600 lbs 115.50-122.50; SELECT 2-3: 1130-1465 lbs 115.00- 119.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 105.50-107.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1650 lbs 101.50-103.50; SELECT 2-3: 1275-1420 lbs 96.00-100.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4 1350-1450 lbs 118.00-122.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1100-1400 lbs 114.00-117.50; SELECT 2-3: 1100-1350 lbs 109.50-113.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-78.00, Low dress 70.00-73.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-86.50, Low dress 67.00-73.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-79.50, High dress 81.50-84.00, Low dress 68.00-72.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-72.50, High dress 74.00-76.50, Low dress 58.00-67.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 910-2200 lbs 92.00-95.00, high dress 97.00-101.50, low dress 84.00-89.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 20.00-40.00 higher, with a few to 50.00 higher. Demand was very good. Calf supplies remain light keeping buyers aggressive with their bids. Heifers sold mostly steady to 20.00 higher with good demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 329.00-356.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 336.59/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.< >

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 188.00-225.00, 80-90 lbs 155.00-185.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 172.00-180.00; #3: 75-110 lbs 120.00-150.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 70.00-100.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 120.00-155.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 95.00-115.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 75.00-85.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 123 lbs 207.00, 95-112 lbs 225.00-235.00, 90 lbs 190.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 225.00-246.00, 83-90 lbs 137.00-150.00; #3: 95-108 lbs 165.00-177.00, 82-94 lbs 145.00-157.00, 74 lbs 80.00; UTILITY: 73-90 lbs 70.00-86.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 94-113 lbs 150.00-165.00, 85 lbs 115.00; #2: 91-100 lbs 137.00-150.00, 82 lbs 95.00; #3: 83 lbs 81.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 225.00, 110-118 lbs 240.00-248.00, 94-108 lbs 251.00-256.00, 90-92 lbs 195.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 225.00, 98-118 lbs 251.00-260.00, 94-96 lbs 180.00, 80-92 lbs 100.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 137.00-140.00, 80-98 lbs 90.00-100.00, 72-78 lbs 81.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 80.00-85.00, 60-88 lbs 73.00-78.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-115 lbs 140.00-150.00; #2: 80-100 lbs 100.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-85 lbs 60.00-80.00.

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

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 802, Last week 601, Last year 782. CALVES: 322, Last week 330, Last year 258.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher with good demand Slaughter bulls sold mostly steady. Cattle supply included 158 slaughter steers, 128 heifers, 251 cows, 167 bulls, and 98 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-77.50, Low dress 71.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-76.50, High dress 77.50-80.00, Low dress 69.50-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.00, High dress 78.50-81.00, Low dress 68.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-71.50, High dress 72.00-75.50, Low dress 60.00-67.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 900-1875 lbs 88.00-91.00, high dress 93.50-100.00, low dress 81.50-84.00.

CALVES: When compared to last Monday`s sale, Holstein bull calves sold firm with very good demand. Heifers traded 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 90-120 lbs 188.00-225.00, 80-90 lbs 155.00-185.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 172.00-180.00; #3: 75-110 lbs 120.00-150.00; UTILITY: 95-115 lbs 70.00-100.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-100 lbs 120.00-155.00; #2: 70-90 lbs 95.00-115.00; NON-TUBING/UTILITY: 70-90 lbs 75.00-85.00.

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

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CALVES: 297, Last week 269. CALVES: 45, Last week 60.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold generally steady with moderate demand. Cows traded steady to weak in a light test moderate demand. Slaughter supply consisted of 169 steers, 25 heifers, 58 cows, 1 bull, and 8 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1295-1550 lbs 121.00-123.00, 1605-1665 lbs 115.50-116.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1260-1600 lbs 117.00- 120.00; SELECT/CHOICE 2-3: 1200-1400 lbs 114.50-117.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: SELECT/CHOICE 2-4: few 1300-1500 lbs 102.50-105.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1550 lbs 96.00-99.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1130-1450 lbs 115.00-118.00, upper limit not tested.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 71.00-77.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-75.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 65.00-71.00.

CALVES: All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: 90-120 lbs. 145.00-165.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale May 10.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
April 23, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 283, Last week 334, Last year 371. CALVES: 368, Last week 410, Last year 474.

Compared to last week: Slaughter Holstein steers sold 1.00-2.00 higher compared to a last week. Slaughter cows mostly steady to 1.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 29 steers and heifers, 236 cows, 10 bulls, and 8 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1650 lbs 107.50-110.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1450-1600 lbs 105.00-106.50; SELECT 2-3: 1450-1650 lbs 100.00-104.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.50, Low dress 67.50-72.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.50, High dress 78.50-83.50, Low dress 71.50-73.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 74.00-77.50, High dress 78.00-81.00, Low dress 68.50-73.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 72.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-79.50, Low dress 61.50-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1075-1690 lbs avg dress 83.50-87.00, 1870 lbs high dress 95.00, 830-1555 lbs low dress 77.00-80.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold 30.00-50.00 higher on good demand. Heifer calves sold firm on good demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 287 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 123 lbs 207.00, 95-112 lbs 225.00-235.00, 90 lbs 190.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 225.00-246.00, 83-90 lbs 137.00-150.00; #3: 95-108 lbs 165.00-177.00, 82-94 lbs 145.00- 157.00, 74 lbs 80.00; UTILITY: 73-90 lbs 70.00-86.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 94-113 lbs 150.00-165.00, 85 lbs 115.00; #2: 91-100 lbs 137.00-150.00, 82 lbs 95.00; #3: 83 lbs 81.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale May 10.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 25, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 794; Last week 929; Last year 928. CALVES: 462; Last week 443; Last year 382.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Slaughter Holsteins mostly steady on a light test. Slaughter heifers sold steady. Slaughter cows mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Demand was moderate for all classes. Cattle supplies included 340 slaughter steers; 81 heifers; 330 cows; 38 bulls; and 4 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 123.00-126.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 120.00-122.00; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 115.00-119.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 105.00-107.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 101.50-103.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1650 lbs 96.00-100.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1450 lbs 118.00-122.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 114.00-117.50; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 109.50-113.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-78.50, High dress 80.00-82.00, Low dress 72.00-74.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-85.00, Low dress 69.00-74.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-83.50, Low dress 69.00-74.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.50, High dress 78.00-81.50, Low dress 64.00-72.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1290-2150 lbs avg dress 90.00-94.00, 1350-2000 lbs high dress 97.00-100.00, 950-2150 lbs low dress 83.50-89.50.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull sold mostly 40.00-50.00 higher. Graded heifer calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower compared to last week on good demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 330 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 225.00, 110-118 lbs 240.00-248.00, 94-108 lbs 251.00-256.00, 90-92 lbs 195.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 225.00, 98-118 lbs 251.00-260.00, 94-96 lbs 180.00, 80-92 lbs 100.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 137.00-140.00, 80-98 lbs 90.00-100.00, 72-78 lbs 81.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 80.00-85.00, 60-88 lbs 73.00-78.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 90-115 lbs 140.00-150.00; #2: 80-100 lbs 100.00-110.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 70-85 lbs 60.00-80.00.

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

Middleburg Feeder Sale
Middleburg, Pa.
April 19, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

All prices per cwt.

Receipts: 479; Last Sale: 423.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 152.00-160.00 one lot 175.00, 400-500 lbs 135.00-150.00, 500-700 lbs 124.00-130.00, 700-800 lbs 110.00-120.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 122.00-150.00, 400-500 lbs 112.00-140.00, 500-700 lbs 110.00-122.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 82.00-98.00, 400-600 lbs 70.00-85.00, 600-800 lbs 80.00-90.00, 700-1000 lbs 82.00-87.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 130.00-150.00, 400-500 lbs 115.00-120.00, 500-600 lbs 112.00-130.00, 600-700 lbs 107.00-120.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 115.00-120.00, 400-600 lbs 95.00-115.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 125.00-127.00, 400-500 lbs 105.00-125.00, 500-600 lbs 92.00-110.00, 600-700 lbs 85.00-87.00.

NOTE: Next special feeder cattle sale is May 21.

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

Belknap Livestock Feeder Cattle Sale
Dayton, Pa.
April 19, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

All prices per cwt unless otherwise stated.

FEEDER BULLS: 300-399 lbs 76.00-119.00, 400-499 lbs 109.00-116.00, 500-599 lbs 83.00-102.00, 600-699 lbs 84.00-90.00, 700-799 lbs 84.00, 800-899 lbs 86.50-92.00, 900-999 lbs 90.00-96.00, 1000-1099 lbs 97.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: 200-299 lbs 83.00-97.00, 300-399 lbs 77.50-112.00, 400-499 lbs 69.00-108.00, 500-599 lbs 74.00-105.00, 600-699 lbs 67.50-93.00, 700-799 lbs 80.00-92.00.

FEEDER STEERS: 200-299 lbs 70.00-132.00, 300-399 lbs 84.00, 400-499 lbs 91.00-129.00, 500-599 lbs 95.00-130.00, 600-699 lbs 90.50-123.00, 700-799 lbs 91.50-95.00, 800-899 lbs 75.00-94.50, 900-999 lbs 98.00.

Kentucky Graded Feeder Sales
Lexington, Ky.
April 19, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Livingston County Livestock-Ledbetter, KY Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for 04/19/2013.

Receipts: 1379 - Red Tag Sale.

Compared to last week: Price trend not applicable as this is a special sale. Cattle offered are all vaccinated and weaned. Demand good. Quality mostly average to attractive. Offerings covered the range of condition from thin to fleshy mostly average to fleshy; weigh-ups mostly average. Supply included 68 percent over 00 lbs; 35 percent heifers.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 437-445 lbs 165.00-177.00; 15 head, 478-482 lbs 163.00-166.00; 37 head, 500-544 lbs 158.00-162.00; 15 head, 569-578 lbs 150.00-159.00; 23 head, 615-619 lbs 147.00-150.00; 14 head, 637 lbs 134.00 Fleshy; 30 head, 650-667 lbs 136.00-140.00; 15 head, 696 lbs 126.00 Fleshy; 144 head, 716-748 lbs 128.00-133.00; 30 head, 752-781 lbs 121.00-127.50; 83 head, 837-848 lbs 123.00-124.00; 8 head, 918 lbs 114.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 7 head, 271 lbs 197.00; 8 head, 386 lbs 170.00; 15 head, 386 lbs 183.00 Thin Fleshed; 4 head, 436 lbs 170.00; 4 head, 467-492 lbs 153.00-163.00; 22 head, 502-543 lbs 145.00-159.00; 19 head, 570-598 lbs 139.00-148.00; 19 head, 655-682 lbs 130.00-135.00; 9 head, 705-735 lbs 120.00-125.00; 13 head, 701 lbs 131.50 Thin Fleshed; 5 head, 913 lbs 113.00. MED/LGE 2: 5 head, 355-370 lbs 153.00-168.00; 4 head, 532 lbs 133.00; 12 head, 568-586 lbs 130.00-133.00; 9 head, 600-640 lbs 130.00-135.00. LGE 1: 4 head, 685 lbs 131.00; 4 head, 790 lbs 119.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 4 head, 327 lbs 173.00; 17 head, 427-447 lbs 152.00-156.00; 16 head, 402 lbs 159.00 Thin; 11 head, 465-496 lbs 150.00; 9 head, 501-506 lbs 149.00-150.00; 54 head, 560-598 lbs 137.00-141.00; 124 head, 602-646 lbs 126.00-136.00; 63 head, 664-683 lbs 123.00-125.00; 94 head, 720-746 lbs 121.50-123.50; 9 head, 718 lbs 119.00 Fleshy; 22 head, 779-799 lbs 117.00-118.00; 14 head, 838 lbs 117.00; 5 head, 870 lbs 109.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 10 head, 405-426 lbs 149.00-153.00; 35 head, 466-493 lbs 140.00-150.00; 4 head, 542 lbs 138.00; 43 head, 555-594 lbs 130.00-138.00; 16 head, 604-645 lbs 122.00-130.00; 29 head, 665-672 lbs 120.00-123.00; 28 head, 705-745 lbs 113.00-117.00; 18 head, 771-778 lbs 119.00-120.00. MED/LGE 2: 13 head, 325 lbs 126.00; 9 head, 636-647 lbs 120.00-121.00. LGE 1: 4 head, 636 lbs 122.00; 7 head, 682 lbs 118.00.

This report reflects prices of the majority of cattle with a USDA grade, weight and sex on this sale date. This report does not represent all animals at the sale on that date.

Source: USDA-KY Dept of Ag Market News Service, Frankfort, KY. Alex Tolbert, 502-582-5287.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
April 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Narrows, Radiant, Rockingham and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Apr 11-17, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 4864 (Steers 2271; Heifers 1855; Bulls 735).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 35 head, 300-400 lbs 131.00-171.00; 192 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-170.00; 390 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-161.00; 298 head, 600-700 lbs 97.00-154.00; 202 head, 700-800 lbs 115.00-148.50; 195 head, 800-900 lbs 71.00-124.75; 324 head, 900-1000 lbs 87.00-119.00; 50 head, 1000-1100 lbs 87.00-116.50. MED/LGE 1-2: 16 head, 400-500 lbs 154.50. LGE 1-2: 20 head, 1000-1100 lbs 108.75. MED/LGE 2: 50 head, 300-400 lbs 130.00-172.00; 126 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-162.00; 123 head, 500-600 lbs 94.00-145.50; 53 head, 600-700 lbs 100.00-130.00; 23 head, 700-800 lbs 104.00-125.00; 10 head, 800-900 lbs 104.00-115.50. MED/LGE 3 : 6 head, 300-400 lbs 146.00-155.00; 30 head, 400-500 lbs 104.00-146.50; 20 head, 500-600 lbs 110.00-134.75; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 107.00-120.50; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 95.00-113.50.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 19 head, 300-400 lbs 140.00-163.00; 141 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-148.00; 81 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-134.50; 29 head, 600-700 lbs 104.00-122.00; 4 head, 800-900 lbs 86.00-89.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 15 head, 500-600 lbs 112.00-127.00; 7 head, 600-700 lbs 112.50. MED/LGE 2: 4 head, 200-300 lbs 147.00-160.00; 52 head, 300-400 lbs 125.00-167.00; 193 head, 400-500 lbs 111.00-153.50; 65 head, 500-600 lbs 80.00-135.00; 18 head, 600-700 lbs 112.00-125.00. MED/LGE 3: 13 head, 400-500 lbs 81.00-138.50; 7 head, 500-600 lbs 116.00-122.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 42 head, 300-400 lbs 115.00-139.00; 198 head, 400-500 lbs 105.00-142.00; 244 head, 500-600 lbs 115.50-128.00; 206 head, 600-700 lbs 100.00-123.00; 115 head, 700-800 lbs 103.00-118.75; 50 head, 800-900 lbs 98.00-114.50. MED/LGE 1-2: 8 head, 600-700 lbs 116.00; 5 head, 800-900 lbs 102.00. LGE 1-2: 7 head, 500-600 lbs 119.00-123.00. MED/LGE 2: 124 head, 300-400 lbs 119.00-139.25; 273 head, 400-500 lbs 91.00-135.00; 190 head, 500-600 lbs 89.00-126.25; 78 head, 600-700 lbs 99.00-122.00; 27 head, 700-800 lbs 96.00-114.50. MED/LGE 3: 57 head, 300-400 lbs 100.00-134.50; 75 head, 400-500 lbs 110.00-128.50; 41 head, 500-600 lbs 114.00-122.75; 12 head, 600-700 lbs 100.00-119.75.

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

South Branch, W.Va. Feeder Cattle
April 20, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

South Branch Livestock, Moorefield, WV Weighted Average Report for Saturday Apr 20, 2013.

Cattle Receipts: 1411.

Feeders made up 100 percent of the offering. The feeder supply included 49 percent steers, 51 percent heifers, and 0 percent bulls. Near 53 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 21 head, 428 lbs 145.00; 15 head, 442 lbs 162.00 Value Added; 43 head, 493-496 lbs 149.00-151.00; 10 head, 501 lbs 143.00; 12 head, 548 lbs 156.00 Value Added; 76 head, 560-567 lbs 142.50-152.50; 38 head, 649 lbs 137.00; 37 head, 655-656 lbs 136.00-140.25; 23 head, 654 lbs 146.00 Value Added; 19 head, 746 lbs 128.00; 26 head, 759 lbs 122.50; 11 head, 770 lbs 140.00 Value Added; 29 head, 851 lbs 115.25. MED/LGE 1 - 2: 71 head, 711 lbs 125.00 Load; 57 head, 870 lbs 119.75 Load. MED/LGE 2: 4 head, 318 lbs 134.00; 4 head, 360 lbs 144.00; 24 head, 421 lbs 157.00; 25 head, 495 lbs 130.00; 47 head, 562-563 lbs 135.00-140.50; 23 head, 636 lbs 124.00; 12 head, 698 lbs 123.00; 16 head, 736 lbs 125.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 19 head, 414 lbs 129.00; 59 head, 450-493 lbs 115.00-125.00; 65 head, 569-595 lbs 116.00-126.00; 40 head, 601-649 lbs 119.00-122.00; 138 head, 651-699 lbs 117.00-119.50; 41 head, 738 lbs 115.50; 18 head, 778 lbs 115.50; 10 head, 845 lbs 113.50; 8 head, 888 lbs 105.00. MED/LGE 2: 30 head, 362-363 lbs 118.00-124.00; 37 head, 426-444 lbs 115.00-125.00; 43 head, 465-499 lbs 116.00-119.50; 11 head, 540-548 lbs 106.00-109.00; 74 head, 554-563 lbs 123.00-129.00; 47 head, 649 lbs 121.75; 20 head, 698 lbs 114.00; 9 head, 732 lbs 116.00.

This report reflects prices of majority of cattle with a USDA grade, weight, ans sex on this sale date. This report does not represent all animals at the sale on that date.

Source: WV Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Charleston, WV. Travis Funkhouser, 304.703.4562.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
April 24, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 202; Last Sale: 255; Last Year: 348.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold firm on a very light test. Demand was good for the good quality fresh cows offered. Bred heifers sold 100.00-200.00 higher with good demand. Wednesday’s supply included 90 fresh milking cows, 8 short-bred cows, 8 springing cows, 35 short-bred heifers, 28 springing heifers, 23 open heifers, and 6 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1700.00-2200.00; Approved: 1500.00-1650.00; Medium: 1200.00-1450.00; Common: 950.00-1175.00.

CULL COWS: 525.00-950.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Approved: 1550.00; Medium: 1175.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months bred) Approved: 1075.00-1225.00; Medium: 925.00-950.00; Common: 825.00-900.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months) Approved: 1175.00-1300.00; Medium: 925.00-1075.00; Common: 750.00-875.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months) Approved: 1175.00-1300.00; Medium: 1050.00-1125.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS: (7-9 months) Supreme: 1450.00-1800.00; Approved: 1275.00-1425.00; Medium: 1100.00-1225.00; Common: 750.00-975.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 875.00-900.00; Medium: 750.00-850.00.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 700.00; Jersey: 425.00-600.00, 900-1200 lbs 800.00-900.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1200.00.

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

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
April 24, 2013
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 $1.69 per pound for the week ending April 20, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound increased 3.3 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.76 per pound for the week ending April 20, 2013. The price per pound increased 6.8 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.72 per pound, up 5.3 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 57.7 cents per pound for the week ending April 20, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.6 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 $1.55 per pound for the week ending April 20, 2013. The US price per pound increased 3.7 cents from the previous week.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
April 24, 2013
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 2.1679-2.3456.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 1.50-1.58. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.35-1.43.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 70; LAST WK: In 0, Out 89; LAST YR: In 0, Out 200. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Milk production has noticeably increased in the Mid-Atlantic region as the spring flush has begun and weather conditions are markedly improving cow comfort levels. The Northeastern region has also noted significant increase in milk volumes. Some manufacturers in both regions are operating at levels approaching their facilities’ capacities.

Class I demand has declined in the Northeast as some schools were not in session. Continued wet weather has limited field work in both regions. Pennsylvania oat plantings are 41% completed, compared to 85% last year and 53% for the 5 year average. Cow comfort levels and milk production continue to decline in Florida as the weather continues to heat up, which is typical for this time of year.

Class I demand has leveled off. Rains across much of Florida have moderated pasture conditions with 50% of the pastures rated as fair. The decline in milk production lowered export loads to 70 this week. Milk production is past its peak in the Southeast region with some areas noting marginal declines. Milk supplies are nearly in balance with demand with only a few loads being shipped to manufacturing facilities. Class I demand showed some strength this week as a few plants added some loads. Wet weather in the region has limited corn planting operations.

Cream supplies have increased in the East with the oncoming seasonal flush of milk. Improved cream demand has limited exports to other regions. The cream supply continues to receive good pulls from ice cream, cream cheese, and whipping cream. Cream multiples for all Classes moved higher this week with a range of 1.20-1.32. There has been some additional interest for spot loads of condensed skim, due to price advantages when compared to nonfat dry milk. Supplies of condensed skim are increasing and quickly exceed demand with most of the volumes being channeled to Class IV production.

Milk Production Update
Washington, D.C.
April 19, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

March Milk Production down 0.1%

Milk production in the 23 major States during March totaled 16.4 billion pounds, down 0.1 percent from March 2012. February revised production at 14.7 billion pounds, was down 3.3 percent from February 2012. However, production was 0.2 percent above last year after adjusting for the leap year. The February revision represented an increase of 15 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

January - March Milk Production down 1.1%

Milk production in the United States during the January - March quarter totaled 50.5 billion pounds, down 1.1 percent from the January - March quarter last year.

Released April 19, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Special Note

Due to sequestration, administrative data will be used for all releases of this report through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013. Releases will contain milk production data only. No information on the number of cows or milk per cow will be released. Please check the NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov for any future updates on NASS programs.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1256; Last Week: 930; Year Ago: 1490.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 2.00-3.00 lower with moderate demand. Sows traded 3.00- 4.00 lower with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 56.00-60.00, 300-400 lbs 47.00-48.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 51.00-55.00, 300-400 lbs 42.00-45.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 42.50-47.00, 500-700 lbs 45.00-46.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.00-16.00.

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.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

181 total head. Overall market 100.00-200.00 higher. Prices per head.

Work: 150.00-900.00.

Driving: 975.00-1025.00.

Riding: 550.00-650.00.

Better Riding: 850.00-1625.00.

Registered Riding: 1000.00-1800.00.

Ponies: 50.00-300.00.

Large Ponies: 175.00-950.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
April 22, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 3748; Last Monday: 2326; Year Ago: 1847.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1578; Last Monday: 1369; Year Ago: 1659.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 40.00-50.00 lower compared last week. Slaughter ewes traded 10.00-20.00 lower compared to last week. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 80 percent lambs, 12 percent slaughter ewes, and 8 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 Markets:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 40-50 lbs 160.00-185.00, hair sheep 155.00-176.00, 50-70 lbs 154.00-180.00, hair sheep 162.00-164.00, 70-80 lbs 142.00-158.00, hair sheep 150.00-156.00, 90-110 lbs 158.00-162.00, hair sheep 156.00-160.00, 110-120 lbs 154.00-160.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 40-50 lbs 150.00-160.00, hair sheep 142.00-154.00, 50-70 lbs 130.00-154.00, hair sheep 132.00-154.00, 70-90 lbs 140.00-150.00, hair sheep 130.00-152.00, 90-110 lbs 120.00-144.00, hair sheep 132.00-136.00, 110-130 lbs 122.00-147.00, 130-140 lbs 120.00-124.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 50-60 lbs 120.00-140.00, 50-70 lbs hair sheep 100.00-120.00, 90-100 lbs 110.00-122.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 70-110 lbs 60.00-64.00, 90-110 lbs hair sheep 50.00-70.00, 130-160 lbs 52.00-68.00, 160-180 lbs 60.00-64.00, 200-220 lbs 60.00-62.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-110 lbs 40.00-52.00, hair sheep 45.00-48.00, 110-120 lbs 40.00-46.00, 130-160 lbs 30.00-46.00, 160-200 lbs 30.00-50.00; CULL 1-2: Thin Flesh 90-110 lbs 30.00-40.00, 110-120 lbs 28.00-30.00, 120-140 lbs 28.00-30.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 175 lbs 78.00, 210-250 lbs 32.00-66.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher compared last week. Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Slaughter billies sold mostly firm compared to last week. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 60 percent Slaughter Kids, 19 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 21 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS (hd): SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 120.00-148.00, 60-80 lbs 140.00-170.00, 80-90 lbs 160.00-170.00, 90-110 lbs 157.00-170.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 100.00-120.00, 60-80 lbs 120.00-140.00, 80-90 lbs 140.00-144.00, 90-110 lbs 140.00-156.00, 110-130 lbs 122.00-157.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 50.00-90.00, 60-80 lbs 75.00-100.00, 80-90 lbs 98.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 110-120 lbs 124.00-157.00, 120-150 lbs 142.00-165.00; SEL 2: 100-120 lbs 108.00-122.00, 130-150 lbs 115.00-140.00; SEL 3: 80-120 lbs 88.00-108.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 150-180 lbs 200.00-227.00; SEL 2: 125-145 lbs 146.00-180.00, 150-155 lbs 177.00-195.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 70-90 lbs 176.00-200.00, 90-110 lbs 204.00-240.00, 110-150 lbs 260.00-270.00, 150-170 lbs 260.00-295.00, 170-180 lbs 265.00-292.00; SEL 2: 70-90 lbs 158.00-175.00, 90-110 lbs 190.00-200.00, 110-150 lbs 220.00-247.00; SEL 3: 90-110 lbs 156.00-170.00, 110-150 lbs 145.00-190.00.

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

Tenn. Graded Goat & Sheep Sales
Nashville, Tenn.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

4/22/13 Tennessee Livestock Producers Graded Goat and Sheep Sale, Columbia, TN.

Receipts: 546 (359 Goats; 187 Sheep) Last Sale 658.

Goats sold per hundred weight (cwt) unless otherwise noted, weights, actual or estimated. Slaughter Classes:

KIDS: SEL 1: 25-35 lbs 150.00, 36-50 lbs 185.00-210.00, 51-65 lbs 182.50-215.00, 66-80 lbs 160.50-185.00; SEL 2: 25-35 lbs 144.00-158.00, 36-50 lbs 164.00-180.50, 51-65 lbs 152.00-190.50, 66-80 lbs 153.00; SEL 3: 25-35 lbs 135.00-147.00, 36-50 lbs 133.00-156.00, 51-65 lbs 140.00-143.00.

YEARLINGS: SEL 2-3: 53-110 lbs few 109.00-151.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: All Wgts 93.00-121.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: All wgts 71.50-91.50.

KIDS FEEDERS: SEL 3: 45-55 lbs 111.00-141.00.

Slaughter Lambs Includes all breeds, sold per hundred weight (cwt).

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: CHOICE/PRIME: 20-40 lbs 120.00, 40-60 lbs 120.00-136.00, 61-80 lbs 117.00-136.00 mostly 126.00-127.50, 81-100 lbs 133.00-139.00; GOOD: 20-40 lbs 122.00-158.00, 40-60 lbs 113.00-152.00, 61-80 lbs 110.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: UTILITY/GOOD: All wgts 44.00-89.00.

Slaughter Rams: All Wgts few 80.00-84.00.

Source: Tennessee Dept of Ag-USDA Market News, Nashville, TN. Lewis Langell, 615-837-5164.

NOTE: Next Sale May 13.

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
April 22, 2013
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: 6.57 bu, 11.76 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.03 bu, 11.74 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.50 bu, 9.63 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 3.98 bu, 12.40 cwt.

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

EAR CORN: 188.33 ton, 9.42 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 251.25 ton, 12.56 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 226.75 ton, 11.34 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 221.25 ton, 11.06 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold mostly steady, wheat sold mostly .20 to .30 lower, barley sold mostly steady, oats sold mostly steady and soybeans sold mostly steady. Ear corn sold .05 to .10 lower. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.65-7.26, avg 6.95, contracts Dec 5.39-5.67. WHEAT #2: 6.59-7.94, avg 7.37, contracts Dec 6.50-7.01. BARLEY #3: 4.80-5.00, avg 4.93, contracts Jul 4.50. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 13.71-14.33, avg 14.01, contracts Dec 11.67-11.78. EAR CORN: 190.00, avg 190.00.

Central Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.50-7.40, avg 6.88. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.15, avg 4.57. OATS #2: 3.00-4.50, avg 3.75. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-14.40, avg 13.72. EAR CORN: 190.00, avg 190.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.10-6.74, avg 6.55. WHEAT #2: 6.35-7.85, avg 6.90. BARLEY #3: 4.00, avg 4.00. OATS #2: 3.65-4.00, avg 3.86. SOYBEANS #2: 12.90-13.83, avg 13.34. EAR CORN: 185.00, avg 185.00.

Lehigh Valley Area

CORN #2: 6.80-7.20, avg 6.92. WHEAT #2: 7.80, avg 7.80. BARLEY #3: 5.00, avg 5.00. OATS #2: 4.30-4.50, avg 4.40. SOYBEAN #2: 13.98, avg 13.98. GR. SORGHUM: 7.50, avg 7.50.

Eastern & Central PA Summary

CORN #2: 6.10-7.40, avg 6.84, month ago 7.14, year ago 6.78. WHEAT #2: 6.35-7.94, avg 7.28, month ago 7.69, year ago 6.53. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.15, avg 4.49, month ago 5.87, year ago 4.97. OATS #2: 3.00-4.90, avg 4.08, month ago 4.59, year ago 4.33. SOYBEANS #2: 13.90-14.33, avg 13.80, month ago 14.16, year ago 13.63. EAR CORN: 185.00-190.00, avg 198.00, month ago 197.50, year ago 198.00.

Western Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 5.50-6.95, avg 6.35. WHEAT #2: 6.63-7.23, avg 6.93. OATS #2: 3.84-4.00, avg 3.93. SOYBEANS #2: 13.84, avg 13.84.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
April 22, 2013
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: 130.00-325.00. MIXED: 85.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 85.00-225.00. STRAW: 80.00-180.00. MULCH: 75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions

Prices per ton. Hay: 152 loads. Straw: 16 loads. ALFALFA: 175.00-410.00. MIXED: 92.00-410.00. TIMOTHY: 135.00-305.00. GRASS: 55.00-350.00. STRAW: 110.00-240.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions

Prices per ton. Hay: 127 loads; Straw: 21 loads. ALFALFA: 95.00-260.00. MIXED: 70.00-330.00. TIMOTHY: 90.00-340.00. GRASS: 62.50-280.00. STRAW: 50.00-315.00.

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

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
April 18, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 3/23: 1278; Week ending 3/30: 621; Week ending 4/6: 1566; Week ending 4/13: 1740; 2012 to date: 51036; 2011 to date: 55555; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 3/23: 6171; Week ending 3/30: 4092; Week ending 4/6: 5240; Week ending 4/13: 4459; 2012 to date: 160611; 2011 to date: 171572; Final 2011: 209853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 3/23: 7449; Week ending 3/30: 4713; Week ending 4/6: 6806; Week ending 4/13: 6199; 2012 to date: 211647; 2011 to date: 227127; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Weather in the District returned to more normal levels intermixed with some precipitation. Cherry and peach trees are in several stages of bloom throughout the District. Daytime temperatures have been mostly in the seventies and nighttime temperatures were generally in the fifties.

NEW YORK: Trading is slow for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock about steady. Supplies are very light. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2012 crop: Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $17.00-20.00, mostly $20.00. Includes previous commitments. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $16.00-21.00, mostly $18.00. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 31-28-28 Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.50, Red Delicious mostly 25.00, Empire mostly 28.00-29.00, Golden Delicious mostly 26.00-28.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh 80s-100s mostly 38.00-39.00.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 3-3-3 Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Too few open market sales to establish a market. Shipments of lower grade apples will continue for the next two weeks. LAST REPORT.

NOTE: For a complete national report, visit marketnews.usda.gov/portal/fv, or call 559-487-5178.

Cattle on Feed Update
Washington, D.C.
April 19, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

Cattle on Feed Down 5%

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.9 million head on April 1, 2013. The inventory was 5 percent below April 1, 2012. The inventory included 6.91 million steers and steer calves, down 4 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 63 percent of the total inventory.

Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.93 million head, down 8 percent from 2012.

Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.90 million, 6 percent above 2012. Net placements were 1.82 million head. During March, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 410,000, 600-699 pounds were 315,000, 700-799 pounds were 540,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 634,000.

Marketings of fed cattle during March totaled 1.77 million, 8 percent below 2012.

Other disappearance totaled 76,000 during March, 10 percent above 2012.

Released April 19, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Livestock Slaughter Report
Washington, D.C.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total RED MEAT Production Up Slightly From Last Year Total red meat production for the United States totaled 49.6 billion pounds in 2012, slightly higher than the previous year. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, and lamb and mutton. Red meat production in commercial plants totaled 49.4 billion pounds. On-farm slaughter totaled 113 million pounds.

BEEF production totaled 26.0 billion pounds, down 1 percent from the previous year.

VEAL production totaled 125 million pounds, down 8 percent from last year.

PORK production, at 23.3 billion pounds, was 2 percent above the previous year.

LAMB AND MUTTON production totaled 161 million pounds, up 5 percent from 2011.

COMMERCIAL CATTLE SLAUGHTER during 2012 totaled 33.0 million head, down 3 percent from 2011, with federal inspection comprising 98.4 percent of the total. The average live weight was 1,302 pounds, up 25 pounds from a year ago. Steers comprised 49.8 percent of the total federally inspected cattle slaughter, heifers 28.6 percent, dairy cows 9.6 percent, other cows 10.3 percent, and bulls 1.7 percent.

COMMERCIAL CALF SLAUGHTER totaled 772,100 head, 9 percent lower than a year ago with 98.4 percent under federal inspection. The average live weight was 260 pounds, down 3 pounds from a year earlier.

COMMERCIAL HOG SLAUGHTER totaled 113.2 million head, 2 percent higher than 2011 with 99.2 percent of the hogs slaughtered under federal inspection. The average live weight was unchanged from last year, at 275 pounds. Barrows and gilts comprised 97.0 percent of the total federally inspected hog slaughter.

COMMERCIAL SHEEP AND LAMB SLAUGHTER, at 2.18 million head, was up 1 percent from the previous year with 92.2 percent by federal inspection. The average live weight was up 5 pounds from 2011 at 143 pounds. Lambs and yearlings comprised 92.9 percent of the total federally inspected sheep slaughter.

There were 806 plants slaughtering under federal inspection on January 1, 2013 compared with 867 last year. Of these, 627 plants slaughtered at least one head of cattle during 2012 with the 14 largest plants slaughtering 55 percent of the total cattle killed. Hogs were slaughtered at 600 plants, with the 12 largest plants accounting for 57 percent of the total. Likewise, 5 of the 206 plants that slaughtered calves accounted for 57 percent of the total and 3 of the 507 plants that slaughtered sheep or lambs in 2012 comprised 60 percent of the total head.

Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Texas accounted for 49% percent of the United States commercial red meat production in 2012, similar to 2011.

Chicken & Egg Update
Washington, D. C.
April 22, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

March Egg Production Up 2%

United States egg production totaled 8.07 billion during March 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 6.99 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 79 million were eggtype. The total number of layers during March 2013 averaged 347 million, up 2 percent from last year. March egg production per 100 layers was 2,325 eggs, up slightly from March 2012.

All layers in the United States on April 1, 2013 totaled 348 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 348 million layers consisted of 292 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.0 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.11 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on April 1, 2013, averaged 75.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from April 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 2%

Egg-type chicks hatched during March 2013 totaled 41.5 million, down 2 percent from March 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.6 million on April 1, 2013, up 6 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 172 thousand during March 2013, down 18 percent from March 2012.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1%

Broiler-type chicks hatched during March 2013 totaled 770 million, up 1 percent from March 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 623 million on April 1, 2013, up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.33 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during March 2013, down 6 percent from March 2012.

Released April 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cold Storage Highlights
Washington D.C.
April 22, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total NATURAL CHEESE stocks in refrigerated warehouses on March 31, 2013 were up 3 percent from the previous month and up 5 percent from March 31, 2012.

BUTTER stocks were up 7 percent from last month and up 22 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN POULTRY supplies on March 31, 2013 were down 2 percent from the previous month but up 7 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 8 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 2 percent from last month and up 7 percent from March 31, 2012.

Total FROZEN FRUIT stocks were down 9 percent from last month but up 6 percent from a year ago.

Total FROZEN VEGETABLE stocks were down 9 percent from last month but up 6 percent from a year ago.

Total RED MEAT supplies in freezers were up 3 percent from the previous month and up 4 percent from last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were up 5 percent from the previous month and up 2 percent from last year. Frozen pork supplies were up 2 percent from the previous month and up 6 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were up 20 percent from last month but down 22 percent from last year.

Released April 22, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Is the EPA being unrealistic in its timeline to reduce farm runoff into the Chesapeake Bay?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure

User Submitted Photos

View photos      Submit your photos

11/28/2014 | Last Updated: 5:30 AM