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Market Reports for Feb. 9, 2013

2/9/2013 7:00 AM

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Feb. 4, 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: 7.31 bu, 13.09 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 7.58 bu, 12.66 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 4.75 bu, 10.17 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 4.30 bu, 13.43 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 14.28 bu, 23.84 cwt.

EAR CORN: 204.33 ton, 10.22 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 216.13 ton, 10.81 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 246.88 ton, 12.34 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 208.13 ton, 10.41 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Feb. 4, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold .10 to .20 higher, wheat sold .10 to .20 higher, barley sold mostly steady, oats sold mostly steady and soybeans sold mostly .30 to .50 higher. Ear corn sold steady. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.31-7.75, avg 7.58, contracts Dec 5.82-6.12. WHEAT #2: 7.70-8.55, avg 8.06, contracts Dec 7.32-7.68. BARLEY #3: 5.75-6.80, avg 4.77, contracts Jul 4.75. OATS #2: 4.90, avg 4.90. SOYBEANS #2: 14.40-14.85, avg 14.55, contracts Dec 12.73-12.97. EAR CORN: 208.00, avg 208.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.10-7.82, avg 7.39. BARLEY #3: 4.75-5.15, avg 4.95. OATS #2: 2.95-4.50, avg 3.72. SOYBEANS #2: 13.25-14.77, avg 13.76. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.10-7.60, avg 7.39. WHEAT #2: 7.10-7.60, avg 7.33. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.00, avg 4.53. OATS #2: 3.25-5.00, avg 4.12. SOYBEANS #2: 13.60-14.40, avg 14.04. EAR CORN: 180.00-200.00, avg 190.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 7.40-7.81, avg 7.60. WHEAT #2: 8.60, avg 8.60. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.30-4.50, avg 4.40. SOYBEAN #2: 13.90-14.40, avg 14.14. GR. SORGHUM: 7.80, avg 7.80.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 7.10-7.82, avg 7.50, month ago 7.29, year ago 7.12. WHEAT #2: 7.10-8.60, avg 7.89, month ago 8.73, year ago 6.65. BARLEY #3: 4.00-6.80, avg 4.81, month ago 5.05, year ago 5.16. OATS #2: 2.95-5.00, avg 4.18, month ago 4.09, year ago 4.38. SOYBEANS #2: 13.25-14.85, avg 14.17, month ago 13.62, year ago 11.69. EAR CORN; 180.00-215.00, avg 200.00, month ago 200.50, year ago 205.85.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.85-7.85, avg 7.17. WHEAT #2: 7.35-7.60, avg 7.47. OATS #2: 3.85-5.25, avg 4.36. SOYBEANS #2: 14.44, avg 14.44.

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

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Feb. 4, 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 sold steady. Straw sold steady to 10.00 higher. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-300.00. MIXED: 120.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 120.00-235.00. STRAW: 100.00-180.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 135 loads. Straw: 24 loads. ALFALFA: 177.00-300.00. MIXED: 185.00-410.00. TIMOTHY: 135.00-305.00. GRASS: 140.00-270.00. STRAW: 135.00-205.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 128 loads; Straw: 28 loads. ALFALFA: 92.50-285.00. MIXED: 92.50-300.00. TIMOTHY: 92.50-300.00. GRASS: 72.50-255.00. STRAW: 82.00-200.00.

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

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
February 8, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 127.30; Last week 126.30; Last year 124.75.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 109.10; Last week 111.15; Last year 108.00.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 125.25; Last week 124.90; Last year 123.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 77.25; Last week 76.40; Last year 78.50.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 76.25; Last week 75.55; Last year 75.75.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 91.90; Last week 90.60; Last year 88.65.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 67.50; Last week 66.50; Last year 64.25.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 148.00; Last week 172.50; Last year 197.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 132.15; Last week 127.75.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 168.50; Last week 122.50.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3251; Last week 3535; Last year 3329. CALVES: This week 2873; Last week 2907; Last year 2584. HOGS: This week 1060; Last week 1113; Last year 1306. FEEDER PIGS: This week n/a; Last week n/a; Last year n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1634; Last week 1737; Last year 1478. GOATS: This week 1191; Last week 1881; Last year 1857.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold mostly 1.00 to 3.00 higher. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady. Slaughter heifers sold mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter cows sold mostly 5.00 to 7.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold 3.00 to 8.00 higher.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week, feeder steers sold mostly 3.00 to 6.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher. Feeder bulls sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 lower.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 3.00 to 6.00 higher. Holstein heifers sold mostly 4.00 to 5.00 higher.

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

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher. Slaughter ewes sold mostly steady.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 lower. Nanny goats sold steady to 5.00 lower. 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.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 2525; Last week 2117; Last year 3332. CALVES: 1779; Last week 1800; Last year 1679.

This week in Lancaster County, slaughter steers sold steady to firm with moderate demand. Supplies were light this week, which helped advance prices. Currently live steer prices in the region are completely out of sync with steer cutout values. Live steer prices are reflecting an approximate 205.00/cwt carcass value on average.

Box beef values continue to slide and were quoted at 183.46/cwt this Thursday. The math is quite simple and hide and offal values are not nearly enough to fill in the gap.

On the plus side packer margins for slaughter cows are not nearly as grim. It’s no doubt that Pennsylvania cull cow prices continue to advance. Cow prices were up again this week, but with the cow cutout at 165.75/cwt and 90% lean boneless at 212.74, cow packs are able to maintain a profit margin. Demand for cow beef and hamburger has been very good and is expected to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

Consumers remain conservative with their limited discretionary income and continue to opt for the cheaper beef items. In addition cow supplies remain tight in the south and throughout the Midwest due to drought reduction and the incentive for herd rebuilding. As spring approaches and grass pastures begin to green at lower latitudes we can expect to see fewer beef-type cows going to slaughter until preg-checking in the fall. Bottom line, cow prices are expected to stay bullish and prices are likely to increase with onset of grilling season.

USDA Cattle inventory report released late last week confirmed a shrinking cattle herd, as Jauary 1st inventories declared a 1.6% decline in the US cow herd, which is now estimated at 89.3 million head.

The largest reduction was seen in beef cow inventories, which were negatively influenced by the drought. Currently the cow herd (not total inventory), both dairy and beef are at its lowest level since year 1949. The industry is eager to expand the herd, but only if weather permits.

Cow-calf margins are quite attractive, but only if the producers in a situation where he or she does not have to purchase a large volume of feed. As for additional agricultural news, corn prices turned negative towards the end of the week as CME March Corn declined 11.75 cents/bu on Thursday to close at 7.1075/bu.

Disappointing exports and updates that South America continues to revise their record harvest even higher has placed some weakness back in the grains. This is not to say the grain market is weak, it just cooled off slightly.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1605 lbs 128.00-134.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1570 lbs 125.50-129.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00- 125.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1400-1515 lbs 109.50-113.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1340-1650 lbs 106.00-110.50; SELECT 2-3: 1290-1600 lbs 100.00-106.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1270-1455 lbs 128.00-131.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1120-1400 lbs 121.00-126.00; SELECT 2-3: 115.00-119.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 79.00-83.00, High dress 83.00-86.00, Low dress 72.00-76.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.50, High dress 81.00-83.50, Low dress 69.50-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-80.00, High dress 80.00-85.00, Low dress 64.00-73.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-76.50, High dress 76.50-82.00, Low dress 61.00-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 950-2150 lbs 91.00-98.00, high dress 99.00-110.00, very high dress 119.00-122.00, low dress 83.00-91.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly steady with some firmness noted on Tuesday. Heifers sold unevenly steady with light demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 329.50-371.00/cwt this Thursday, with a weighted average value of 335.18/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 85-130 lbs 135.00-150.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 120.00-135.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 90.00-115.00; UTILITY: 75-120 lbs 55.00-70.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-120 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 80.00-100.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 70-100 lbs 62.00-75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-95 lbs 50.00-70.00, 60-70 lbs 30.00-40.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 120.00, 111-113 lbs 138.00-139.00, 90-103 lbs 145.00-155.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 138.00-140.00, 84-102 lbs 145.00-152.00; #3: 108 lbs 115.00-122.00, 83-96 lbs 137.00-143.00, 73 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 90-104 lbs 40.00-42.00, 65-81 lbs 22.00-35.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 92-110 lbs 100.00-105.00, 83 lbs 75.00; #2: 92 lbs 95.00, 74-83 lbs 50.00-75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 83 lbs 50.00, 63-70 lbs 17.00-30.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 120-128 lbs 136.00, 86-118 lbs 143.00-149.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 126.00-131.00, 80-92 lbs 137.00-147.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 116.00-128.00, 80-88 lbs 133.00-139.00, 72-78 lbs 50.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 22.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-100 lbs 100.00-125.00; #2: 75-105 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 75-85 lbs 30.00-50.00, 55-70 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.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 710; Last week 488; Last year 627. CALVES: 428; Last week 390; Last year 352.

When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter cows sold 3.00-5.00 higher with very good demand. Bulls traded 1.00 higher with good demand. Cattle supply included 117 slaughter steers, 94 heifers, 305 cows, 138 bulls, and 55 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 79.00-83.00, High dress 85.00-86.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 77.00-80.50, High dress 81.00-83.50, Low dress 72.00-75.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.50, High dress 79.00-83.00, Low dress 64.00-72.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.50, High dress 77.50-82.00, Low dress 61.00-71.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 950-1780 lbs 93.00-98.00, high dress 99.00-110.00, very high dress 119.00-122.00, low dress 85.00-91.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week, bull calves sold steady with very good demand. Heifers sold weak with light demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 85-130 lbs 135.00-150.00; #2: 80-120 lbs 120.00-135.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 90.00-115.00; UTILITY: 75-120 lbs 55.00-70.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-120 lbs 100.00-120.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 80.00-100.00; JERSEY/CROSSBREDS: 70-100 lbs 62.00-75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-95 lbs 50.00-70.00, 60-70 lbs 30.00-40.00.

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.
Feb. 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 254; Last week 152. CALVES: 117; Last week 75.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold steady to firm. Heifers sold 1.00-2.00 higher on a very attractive supply. Demand was moderate for slaughter steers and heifers. Cows traded steady to firm with good demand. Cattle supply consisted of 88 steers, 30 heifers, 103 cows, 1 bull, and 32 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1325-1605 lbs 128.00-131.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1570 lbs 126.00-128.00; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1430 lbs 119.00- 120.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1400-1515 lbs 109.50-113.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1340-1545 lbs 102.50-105.50; SELECT 2-3: 1290-1555 lbs 94.00-98.50.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1270-1455 lbs 128.00-131.50, YG 5 124.00-125.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1120-1385 lbs 125.00-126.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 72.50-76.50, High dress 77.50-79.50, Low dress 68.00-71.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-76.00, High dress 76.50-78.50, Low dress 65.00-70.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-73.00, High dress 73.50-75.00, Low dress 62.50-68.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold 5.00-10.00 higher with good demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 95-125 lbs 117.00-127.00, 80-90 lbs 85.00-100.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 100.00-110.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-90.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 70.00-85.00; UTILITY: 70-110 lbs 30.00-50.00.

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

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Feb. 8.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Feb. 5, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 457; Last week 455; Last year 413. CALVES: 610; Last week 714; Last year 647.

Compared to last week: No slaughter steers offered. Slaughter Holsteins firm compared to last week. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded steady to 1.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 53 steers and heifers, 385 cows, 6 bulls, and 13 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1550 lbs 111.00-113.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1500-1650 lbs 108.00-110.50; SELECT 2-3: 1425-1700 lbs 100.00-107.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.50-83.00, Low dress 72.00-75.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-83.00, Low dress 69.50-75.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 81.00-85.00, Low dress 71.50-75.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.00, High dress 75.50-79.50, Low dress 63.00-70.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1550-2050 lbs avg dress 86.50-88.00, High Dress 1050-1900 lbs 90.00-93.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold mostly steady on light demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 521 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 120.00, 111-113 lbs 138.00-139.00, 90-103 lbs 145.00-155.00; #2: 112-113 lbs 138.00- 140.00, 84-102 lbs 145.00-152.00; #3: 108 lbs 115.00-122.00, 83-96 lbs 137.00-143.00, 73 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 90-104 lbs 40.00-42.00, 65-81 lbs 22.00-35.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 92-110 lbs 100.00-105.00, 83 lbs 75.00; #2: 92 lbs 95.00, 74-83 lbs 50.00-75.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING 83 lbs 50.00, 63-70 lbs 17.00-30.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale Feb. 8.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 206; Last Sale: 274; Last Year: 623.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold firm with moderate demand. Bred heifers sold firm with moderate demand. All classes in light supply. Wednesday’s supply included 93 fresh milking cows, 11 short-bred cows, 9 springing cows, 13 short-bred heifers, 59 springing heifers, 16 open heifers, and 2 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1575.00-1800.00; Approved: 1375.00-1550.00; Medium: 1100.00-1350.00; Common: 950.00-1075.00.

CULL COWS: 600.00-1150.00.

SPRINGING COWS: (7-9 months bred) Supreme: 1325.00-1400.00; Approved: 1050.00-1100.00; Medium: 900.00-950.00.

SHORT BRED COWS: (1-3 months) Approved: 1050.00-1200.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS: (1-3 months): Medium: 750.00-800.00.

BRED HEIFERS: (4-6 months): Supreme: 1300.00; Approved: 1075.00-1175.00; Medium: 825.00-975.00; Common: 625.00-650.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1400.00-1550.00, fancy individual 1850.00; Approved: 1200.00-1325.00; Medium: 1000.00-1150.00; Common: 900.00-975.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Medium: 275.00-350.00; 600-900 LBS: Approved: 750.00-775.00; Medium: 625.00-635.00; Common: 400.00-460.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 850.00-900.00.

BULLS: 900-1200 lbs 900.00-1050.00.

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

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 7, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 898; Last week 1022; Last year 1078. CALVES: 624; Last week 621; Last year 571.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 1.00 higher. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins firm on a very light test with moderate demand. Slaughter heifers firm on a very light test. Slaughter cows mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 324 slaughter steers; 80 heifers; 451 cows; 31 bulls; and 12 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 130.00-134.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 125.50-129.75; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 117.00-125.25.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 107.00-110.50; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 100.00-106.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 121.00-124.50; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 115.00-119.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 76.00-80.00, High dress 82.50-82.50, Low dress 73.00-75.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.00-83.50, Low dress 73.00-75.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 76.00-79.50, High dress 80.50-84.00, Low dress 70.00-75.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 71.00-75.50, High dress 76.00-79.50, Low dress 64.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1350-2150 lbs avg dress 91.00-95.00, 1700-1800 lbs high dress 100.00-102.00, very high individual 110.50, low dress 83.00-87.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly steady to 10.00 lower compared to last week on good demand. Heifers sold mostly 5.00-10.00 higher on good demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 460 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 136.00, 86-118 lbs 143.00-149.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 126.00-131.00, 80-92 lbs 137.00-147.00; #3: 90-130 lbs 116.00-128.00, 80-88 lbs 133.00-139.00, 72-78 lbs 50.00; UTILITY: 90-110 lbs 35.00-40.00, 60-88 lbs 22.00-30.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-100 lbs 100.00-125.00; #2: 75-105 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 75-85 lbs 30.00-50.00, 55-70 lbs 20.00-30.00.

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

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1068; Last Week: 948; Year Ago: 961.

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

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 67.00-70.00, 300-400 lbs 65.00-69.50; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 62.00-66.00, 300-400 lbs 62.00-64.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 42.00-45.00, 500-700 lbs 46.00-49.00.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 19.50-22.00.

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

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 6, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 516; Last sale: 195.

This week`s graded feeder pig market made a sharp correction lower, when compared to the extremely bullish market quoted from three weeks ago. Demand was moderate with a good buyer turnout. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 7 head, 15-20 lbs 190.00-190.00; 94 head, 20-30 lbs 150.00-175.00; 18 head, 30-40 lbs 132.00-150.00; 50 head, 40-50 lbs 122.00-132.00; 7 head, 50-60 lbs 157.00-157.00.

US 2: 64 head, 20-30 lbs 50.00-110.00; 35 head, 30-40 lbs 50.00-65.00; 88 head, 40-50 lbs 52.00-100.00; 29 head, 50-60 lbs 52.00-77.00; 8 head, 70-80 lbs 85.00-105.00.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale Feb. 20.

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

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
Feb. 1, 2013
Sale Reported by Ag Market News

Receipts: 729; Last Sale: 326.

All pigs were weighed on arrival and sold by the hundred weight.

US 1-2: 72 head, 24-29 lbs 230.00-280.00; 55 head, 35-39 lbs 181.00-200.00; 31 head, 40-45 lbs 106.00-146.00; 50 head, 52-59 lbs 91.00-100.00; 34 head, 60-69 lbs 81.00-92.00; 23 head, 76-85 lbs 87.00-91.00; 51 head, 90-102 lbs 90.00-93.00; 63 head, 116-123 lbs 86.00-92.00.

US 2: 44 head, 22-28 lbs 270.00-274.00; 17 head, 27 lbs 180.00-thin; 157 head, 31-39 lbs 199.00-244.00; 21 head, 39 lbs 152.00-thin; 37 head, 50-52 lbs 100.00; 32 head, 60-74 lbs 77.00-83.00.

US 2-3: 6 head, 102 lbs 61.00.

AS IS: 15 head, 30-50 lbs 58.00-60.00; 3 head, 75-80 lbs 50.00-67.00; 4 head, 40-90 lbs 5.00-30.00; 9 head, 25-49 lbs 97.00-120.00-late cut; 5 head, 36 lbs 184.00-Boars.

NOTE: Next State Graded feeder pig sale March 1.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 4, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

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

Work: 150.00-850.00.

Driving: 450.00-500.00.

Riding: 300.00-500.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-850.00.

Registered Riding: 300.00-1200.00.

Ponies: 150.00-350.00.

Large Ponies: 150.00-425.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 4, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 1650; Last Monday: 1606; Year Ago: 1120.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 710; Last Monday: 1178; Year Ago: 1458.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter ewes traded mostly 10.00- 20.00 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 Markets:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 50-70 lb hair sheep 180.00-207.00, 60-70 lbs 187.00-205.00, 70-80 lbs 176.00-200.00, hair sheep 172.00-185.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 166.00-172.00, 90-100 lbs 166.00-168.00, 93 lbs hair sheep 150.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-70 lbs fancy 215.00-255.00, fancy hair sheep 207.00-230.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-80 lbs hair sheep 164.00-177.00, 60-80 lbs 152.00-175.00 80-90 lbs 157.00-172.00, hair sheep 162.00-170.00, 90-110 lbs 146.00-168.00, hair sheep 144.00-167.00, 110-125 lbs 140.00-148.00, 150-175 lbs 130.00-138.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 90-110 lbs 125.00-138.00, 110-130 lbs 116.00-134.00, hair sheep 124.00-128.00, 140 lbs 129.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 100-110 lbs hair sheep 74.00, 100-190 lbs 72.00-92.00, 210-230 lbs 70.00-78.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 80-115 lbs hair sheep 60.00-66.00, 80-150 lbs 48.00-72.00, 150-200 lbs 46.00-70.00, 200-250 lbs 60.00-66.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 125-145 lbs hair sheep 56.00-80.00, 140-190 lbs 50.00-80.00, 160-180 lbs hair sheep 60.00-68.00, 220-250 lbs 50.00-68.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on a very light test. Nanny goats sold 20.00-30.00 higher on a very light test. Slaughter billies sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Demand was good for all classes. Slaughter supply consisted of 58 percent Slaughter Kids, 13 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 24 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 122.00-156.00, 60-80 lbs 153.00-184.00, 90-100 lbs 170.00-190.00; SEL 2: 50-70 lbs 126.00-128.00, 75 lbs 140.00-162.00, 90-100 lbs 142.00-160.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 110-140 lbs 160.00-192.00; SEL 2: 100-110 lbs 117.00-157.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 135-145 lbs 197.00-217.00, 150-180 lbs 192.00-267.00; SEL 2: 120-145 lbs 160.00-187.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 90-120 lbs 176.00-188.00; SEL 2: 90-110 lbs 160.00-176.00.

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

Smoker Graded Goat & Sheep Auction
Parkesburg, Pa.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

SHEEP: 344; Last sale 398. GOATS: 95; Last sale 230.

When compared to the most recent from two weeks ago, slaughter goats were lightly tested and sold with a steady undertone. Slaughter lambs and ewes sold steady with exception for some weakness noted in light weight lambs weighing less than 80 lbs. Demand was moderate for all classes of sheep and goats. All goats are USDA graded and are co-mingled according to age, weight, sex, and selection grade. All sheep and goats are sold per cwt in their in- weights.

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 15 head, 50-60 lbs 190.00-196.00; 28 head, 60-70 lbs 170.00-175.00; 17 head, 70-80 lbs 140.00-150.00; 3 head, 90-110 lbs 135.00; 2 head, 130-150 lbs 122.00; 22 head, 150-200 lbs 120.00. CHOICE 2-3: 11 head, 50-60 lbs 150.00; 26 head, 80-90 lbs 125.00-135.00; 62 head, 90-110 lbs 120.00-130.00; 22 head, 90-110 lbs 130.00 Haired; 72 head, 110-130 lbs 120.00-125.00; 2 head, 150-200 lbs 120.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: 7 head, 120-160 lbs 65.00-70.00; 8 head, 160-200 lbs 60.00-75.00; 18 head, 200-300 lbs 50.00-60.00. UTILITY 1-2: 15 head, 120-160 lbs 52.00-60.00; 5 head, 160-200 lbs 55.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 4 head, 150-300 lbs 50.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 1 head, 30-40 lbs 235.00; 4 head, 40-50 lbs 252.00; 9 head, 60-70 lbs 225.00-240.00; 4 head, 100-110 lbs 150.00; 1 head, 160-170 lbs 110.00. SEL 2: 5 head, 40-50 lbs 240.00; 2 head, 50-60 lbs 245.00; 2 head, 60-70 lbs 225.00; 2 head, 70-80 lbs 180.00. SEL 3: 1 head, 30-40 lbs 230.00; 1 head, 40-50 lbs 175.00; 2 head, 60-70 lbs 220.00.

SLAUGHTER YEARLINGS: SEL 1: 2 head, 70-80 lbs 200.00. SEL 3: 3 head, 70-80 lbs 125.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 8 head, 130-180 lbs 110.00-120.00. SEL 2: 10 head, 80-130 lbs 110.00-115.00. SEL 3: 2 head, 50-80 lbs 117.00-122.00; 13 head, 80-130 lbs 105.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 1 head, 100-150 lbs 120.00; 5 head, 150-250 lbs 115.00. SEL 2: 1 head, 80-100 lbs 110.00. SEL 3: 3 head, 150-250 lbs 115.00.

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

NOTE: The next graded goat sale Feb. 15.

Greencastle Monthly Feeder Cattle Sale
Greencastle, Pa.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Receipts: 574; Last Sale: 642.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 180.00-189.00, 450-500 lbs 186.00-186.00, 450-500 lbs 165.00-182.00, 500-600 lbs 162.00-176.00, 600-700 lbs 130.00-146.00, 700-750 lbs 120.00-127.00 few to 135.00, 800-900 lbs 116.00-123.00; MED/LGE 2: 250-350 lbs 125.00-135.00, 400-450 lbs 130.00-147.00 few Herfords 147.50, 450-500 lbs 115.00-122.00, 500-550 lbs 136.00-153.00 Herfords 129.00-136.00, 550-600 lbs 119.00-128.00, 600-650 lbs 118.00-130.00, 800-900 lbs 115.00-125.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 105.00-114.00 , 400-450 lbs 95.00-96.00, 900-950 lbs 85.00-88.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 250-350 lbs 133.00-149.00, 350-400 lbs 134.00-135.00, 450-500 lbs 132.00-144.00, 500-550 lbs 139.00-149.00, 550-600 lbs 139.00-146.00, 600-650 lbs 130.00-139.00, 650-700 lbs 131.00-137.50; MED/LGE 2: 250-300 lbs 100.00-112.50, 300-350 lbs 110.00-120.00, 350-450 lbs 117.00-127.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-350 lbs 200.00-200.00, 350-400 lbs 132.00-143.00, 400-450 lbs 147.00-157.50, 500-550 lbs 131.00-139.00, 550-650 lbs 131.00-133.00, 650-750 lbs 121.00-126.00; MED/LGE 2: 350-400 lbs 129.00-129.00, 400-450 lbs 135.00-136.00, 500-550 lbs 116.00-124.00, 550-650 lbs 126.00-128.00, 650-750 lbs 116.00-118.00.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale March 1.

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

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Sale
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

All prices per cwt unless otherwise stated. The prices listed are the top of the market; Prices range down from this according to quality, condition, fill and vaccination.

BEEF STEERS: 301-500 lbs 75.00-160.00, 501-700 lbs 80.00-150.00, 701+ lbs 85.00-132.00.

BEEF HEIFERS: 301-500 lbs 65.00-157.00, 501-700 lbs 70.00-143.00, 701+ lbs 75.00-130.00.

BEEF BULLS: 301-500 lbs 70.00-158.00, 501-700 lbs 75.00-145.00, 701+ lbs 80.00-111.00.

HOLSTEINS: 301-500 lbs 55.00-108.00, 501-700 lbs 50.00-101.00, 701+ lbs 45.00-93.00.

BRED REPLACEMENTS (hd): 400.00-1100.00.

FAMILIES (pair): 710.00-880.00.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Jan. 31, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Virginia Feeder Cattle Summary Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Radiant and Springlake. State Graded Weighted Average for Jan 24-30, 2013.

Feeder Cattle: 782 (Steers 205; Heifers 375; Bulls 202).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 14 head, 400-500 lbs 172.00-181.00; 32 head, 500-600 lbs 150.00-164.00; 33 head, 600-700 lbs 134.00-144.50; 18 head, 700-800 lbs 123.00-139.25. MED/LGE 2: 7 head, 300-400 lbs 170.00-198.00; 18 head, 400-500 lbs 152.00-184.50; 24 head, 500-600 lbs 148.00-159.50; 18 head, 600-700 lbs 133.00-143.50. MED/LGE 3: 7 head, 400-500 lbs 134.00-169.00; 6 head, 500-600 lbs 143.00-149.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 7 head, 300-400 lbs 138.00-203.00; 35 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-179.50; 21 head, 500-600 lbs 141.00-154.25; 10 head, 600-700 lbs 120.00-135.00. MED/LGE 2: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 185.00-203.00; 43 head, 400-500 lbs 145.00-187.50; 32 head, 500-600 lbs 137.50-151.50; 6 head, 600-700 lbs 130.00-131.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 148.00-164.00; 21 head, 400-500 lbs 113.00-144.00; 34 head, 500-600 lbs 125.50-139.00; 23 head, 600-700 lbs 121.00-129.50; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 124.00-125.00. MED/LGE 2: 23 head, 300-400 lbs 149.50-166.50; 44 head, 400-500 lbs 136.50-146.00; 64 head, 500-600 lbs 125.50-140.00; 31 head, 600-700 lbs 121.00-131.50; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 118.00-121.00. MED/LGE 3: 12 head, 300-400 lbs 138.00-157.50; 4 head, 400-500 lbs 115.00-133.00; 51 head, 500-600 lbs 120.00-139.25; 13 head, 600-700 lbs 115.00-129.75.

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

PA Milk Production Update
Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS-Pa.

Production in Pennsylvania Up 1.2%

Milk production in Pennsylvania during December 2012 totaled 900 million pounds, up 1.2 percent from last December’s production of 889 million pounds, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS). The number of milk cows in the state during the month averaged 534,000 head, 5,000 less than December 2011.

Production per cow averaged 1,685 pounds in December, 85 pounds more than November’s production per cow, and 35 pounds more than December 2011.

Milk production in the 23 estimating states during December totaled 15.7 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from December 2011. November’s revised production at 14.9 billion pounds was up 1.3 percent from November 2011. The November revision represented an increase of 31 million pounds from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major states averaged 1,848 pounds for December, 30 pounds above December 2011.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major states was 8.49 million head, 5,000 head more than December 2011, and 16,000 more than November 2012.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Feb. 6, 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 — 1.6271-1.7960.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.56-1.61. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.54-1.59.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 20; LAST WK: In 0, Out 0; LAST YR: In 0, Out 91. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Manufacturing milk supplies are increasing slightly in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions as Class I demand has leveled off, following some storm related increases. Milk production remains strong in both regions with good component levels.

Milk production in Florida continued to increase this week as moderating temperatures improved cow comfort levels. A weakening of Class I demand prompted 20 spot loads of milk to be exported. Producers are continuing with supplemental hay feeding, due to the worsening drought.

Milk production increases are expanding throughout the Southeast region. Supplies are marginally above demand needs and with some loads being shipped to auxiliary manufacturing facilities. Load rejections, due to high aflatoxin levels, were again a problem in some areas.

Cream supplies are at levels that quickly overwhelm demand, which necessitates numerous loads be shipped out of region in order to find a home. Demand for cream is weak, but is showing signs of improving. Cream cheese production is just beginning to pick up as cream cheese manufacturers build inventories ahead of Passover and Easter.

Ice cream production has also picked up in the Northeast. The oversupply situation and spotty demand has widened the multiples to 100-117, with the lower end of the range reflective of those loads shipped out of region and the high end supported by improved localized demand in New England.

Demand for condensed skim remains lackluster and weak. Most manufacturers are able to manufacture what they need with their contracted condensed skim volumes. The Class III nonfat solids price, used to price spot loads of condensed skim, marginally declined as a result of Wednesday’s Class III price release. The marginal decline is not expected to increase spot load sales. Spot load sales are limited, and as a result, significant volumes of condensed skim continue to flow to Class IV production.

According to NASS, ice Cream production in the Atlantic region for December totaled 10.6 million gallons, 2.7% less than November and 9.4% less than December 2011. U.S. Yogurt production (plain and flavored) for December totaled 355.9 million pounds, up 12.2% from November and 11.0% more than for the same period last year. Cumulative 2012 production totaled 4,451.2 million pounds, 4.2% higher than 2011.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 6, 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 $1.51 per pound for the week ending February 2, 2013. The US price per pound increased 1.4 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.70 per pound for the week ending February 2, 2013. The price per pound decreased 3.5 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.66 per pound, down 5.2 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 64.8 center per pound for the week ending February 2, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.6 cent 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 $1.54 per pound for the week ending February 2, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 1.1 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 4, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

TOTAL CHEESE output (excluding cottage cheese) was 949 million pounds, 2.0 percent above December 2011 and 3.8 percent above November 2012.

ITALIAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 409 million pounds, 0.1 percent below December 2011 but 6.4 percent above November 2012.

AMERICAN TYPE CHEESE production totaled 378 million pounds, 2.6 percent above December 2011 and 4.2 percent above November 2012.

BUTTER production was 173 million pounds, 4.4 percent above December 2011 and 20.9 percent above November 2012.

DRY MILK POWDERS (comparisons with December 2011) Nonfat dry milk, human - 157 million pounds, up 4.7 percent. Skim milk powders - 38.1 million pounds, up 4.3 percent.

WHEY PRODUCTS (comparisons with December 2011) Dry whey, total - 88.6 million pounds, up 6.6 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 87.6 million pounds, up 3.1 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 38.6 million pounds, down 1.9 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (comparisons with December 2011) Ice cream, regular (hard) - 49.1 million gallons, down 2.9 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) - 23.8 million gallons, down 12.5 percent. Sherbet (hard) - 2.52 million gallons, up 5.5 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) - 3.16 million gallons, down 22.0 percent.

Released February 4, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Jan. 31, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 1/5: 227; Week ending 1/12: 912; Week ending 1/19: 559; Week ending 1/26: 649; 2012 to date: 39,374; 2011 to date: 45,094; Final 2011: 62,576.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 1/5: 502; Week ending 1/12: 6,505; Week ending 1/19: 5,720; Week ending 1/26: 3,970; 2012 to date: 105,987; 2011 to date: 124,527; Final 2011: 209,853.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 1/5: 729; Week ending 1/12: 7,417; Week ending 1/19: 6,279; Week ending 1/26: 4,619; 2012 to date: 145,361; 2011 to date: 169,621; Final 2011: 272,429.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading slow. Canners U.S. One F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt 2 1/2 inch minimum and up various varieties mostly Golden Delicious, Rome, Fuji, Stayman, Empire, and Yorks contract sales $21.00-26.00, Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade all varieties includes contract sales $20.00-21.00 occas 16.00-18.00 occas higher.

NEW YORK: Trading is fairly slow for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices for Canners/Peelers and Juice Stock about steady. Supplies are moderate. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, January 30, 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 at higher prices. Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $16.00-20.00, mostly $18.00-20.00 occasional higher. Includes previous commitments.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 56-56-61 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices Empire Cartons 12 3-pound film bags slightly lower, others generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 27.00-29.00, Gala mostly 31.00, Red Delicious mostly 24.00-24.50, Empire mostly 25.00-28.00, Cortland mostly 26.00-27.00, Rome mostly 22.00-23.00, Golden Delicious mostly 28.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack Red Delicious 80s-88s mostly 28.00, 100s mostly 26.00; Gala 80s-100s 35.00-38.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 36.00, 100s 35.00-36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 33.00-34.00; Cortland 80s-88s mostly 35.00-36.00, 100s mostly 34.00-35.00; Rome 80s-100s mostly 24.00-25.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 36.00, 100s 35.00- 36.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 34.00-35.00, 100s mostly 33.00-34.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 23-30-21 Export 0-0-0 — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s-100s mostly 26.00; Golden Delicious 72s-88s mostly 26.00-28.00; Fuji 72s-88s 34.00-35.00; Pink Lady 72s-88s 43.00-44.00; Cartons 12 3-lb film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious mostly 24.00-25.00, Golden Delicious mostly 25.00, Fuji 28.00-29.00, Red Rome mostly 23.00, and Empire 29.00. Temperatures mid-week are expected to reach 55-60 degrees, however, by the weekend they will dip back to normal.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 6-6-7 — Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Monday, January 28, 2013 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3- pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh mostly 28.00-32.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh and 35.00-42.00.

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

U.S. Cattle Inventory
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Cattle Inventory Down 2%

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2013 totaled 89.3 million head, 2 percent below the 90.8 million on January 1, 2012. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 88.1 million on hand in 1952.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.5 million, were down 2 percent from the 39.4 million on January 1, 2012. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cows and heifers that have calved since the 36.8 million head in 1941.

Beef cows, at 29.3 million, were down 3 percent from January 1, 2012.

Milk cows, at 9.2 million, unchanged from January 1, 2012.

Other class estimates on January 1, 2013 and the change from January 1, 2012, are as follows:

All heifers 500 pounds and over, 19.1 million, down 1 percent.

Beef replacement heifers, 5.4 million, up 2 percent.

Milk replacement heifers, 4.6 million, down 2 percent.

Other heifers, 9.2 million, down 3 percent.

Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 15.8 million, unchanged.

Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.1 million, down 2 percent.

Calves under 500 pounds, 13.8 million, down 2 percent.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 13.4 million, down 5 percent.

The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 25.5 million, up 1 percent.

Calf Crop Down 3%

The 2012 calf crop was estimated at 34.3 million head, down 3 percent from 2011. This is the smallest calf crop since the 33.7 million born during 1949. Calves born during the first half of 2012 are estimated at 25.0 million, down 3 percent from 2011.

Revisions

All inventory and calf crop estimates for July 1, 2011, January 1, 2012, and July 1, 2012 were reviewed using calf crop, official slaughter, import and export data, and the relationship of new survey information to the prior surveys. Based on the findings of this review, small adjustments of less than one-half percent were made to previously released inventory estimates by class.

State level estimates were reviewed and changes were made to reallocate inventory estimates to the United States total.

Released February 1, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Egg Products
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 31, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Up 6%

Shell eggs broken totaled 179 million dozen during December 2012, up 6 percent from December a year ago, and 7 percent above the 167 million broken last month.

During calendar year 2012 through December, shell eggs broken totaled 2,114 million dozen, up 2 percent from the comparable period in 2011. To date, cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2012 was 2,739 million pounds, up 1 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.

December 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

December 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Released January 31, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Sheep & Goat Inventory
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 1, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total Sheep and Lamb <\n>Inventory Down 1%

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2013, totaled 5.34 million head, down 1 percent from 2012. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 3.98 million head on January 1, 2013, down 1 percent from 4.0 million head on January 1, 2012. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.14 million head, were 1 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2013, totaled 1.36 million head, down 1 percent from January 1, 2012. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total market inventory. Twenty-three percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 12 percent were 65 - 84 pounds, 22 percent were 85 - 105 pounds, and 37 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent of total market inventory.

The 2012 lamb crop of 3.46 million head, was down 2 percent from 2011. The 2012 lambing rate was 109 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2012, unchanged from 2011.

Shorn wool production in the United States during 2012 was 28.5 million pounds, down 3 percent from 2011. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.93 million head, also down 2 percent from 2011. The average price paid for wool sold in 2012 was $1.53 per pound for a total value of 43.6 million dollars, down 11 percent from 48.9 million dollars in 2011.

Sheep death loss during 2012 totaled 229 thousand head, a decrease of 5 percent from 2011. Lamb death loss decreased 4 percent from 380 thousand head in 2011 to 365 thousand head in 2012.

Total Goat and Kid Inventory Down 2%

All goat inventory in the United States on January 1, 2013, totaled 2.81 million head, down 2 percent from 2012. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.32 million head, down 2 percent from 2012. Does one year old and older, at 1.73 million head, were 2 percent below last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 490 thousand head, up one percent from a year ago.

Kid crop for 2012 totaled 1.79 million head for all goats, down 5 percent from 2011.

Meat and all other goats totaled 2.32 million head on January 1, 2013, down 2 percent from 2012. Milk goat inventory was 360 thousand head, unchanged from January 1, 2012, while Angora goats were down 7 percent, totaling 136 thousand head.

Mohair production in the United States during 2012 was 770 thousand pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 136 thousand head. Average weight per clip was 5.7 pounds. Mohair price was $3.89 per pound with a value of 2.99 million dollars.

Released February 1, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


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