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Market Reports for February 8, 2014

2/8/2014 7:00 AM

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 31, 2014
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

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

CATTLE: This week 3207; Last week 3441; Last year 4122. CALVES: This week 2787; Last week 2415; Last year 2896. HOGS: This week 1166; Last week 1110; Last year 1245. FEEDER PIGS: This week n/a; Last week n/a; Last year 326. LAMBS/SHEEP: This week 1701; Last week 2003; Last year 2414. GOATS: This week 1249; Last week 1202; Last year 1891.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s market, slaughter steers sold 5.00 to 6.00 higher. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 higher and slaughter heifers sold mostly 6.00 to 10.00 higher. Slaughter cows sold mostly 4.00 to 6.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 3.00 to 5.00 higher.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week’s market, feeder steers sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold mostly 10.00 to 15.00 higher and feeder bulls sold mostly 8.00 to 13.00 higher.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week, holstein bull calves sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 lower. Holstein heifers sold mostly 6.00 to 8.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last week’s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 1.00 to 3.00 lower. Sows sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher.

SHEEP/LAMBS: Compared to last week, no comparison due to the holiday shortened day last week. Slaughter Goats: When compared to last week’s sale, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Slaughter nanny goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. No report on billies or wethers due to computer error.

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
Feb. 7, 2014
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 146.65; Last week 145.40; Last year 127.30.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 128.00; Last week 123.35; Last year 109.10.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 146.75; Last week 144.00; Last year 125.25.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 89.30; Last week 89.25; Last year 77.25.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 88.45; Last week 86.40; Last year 76.25.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 104.75; Last week 104.10; Last year 91.90.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 70.50; Last week 68.75; Last year 67.50.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 LB: This week 197.00; Last week 214.00; Last year 148.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 156.50; Last week 144.75; Last year 132.15.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 175.00; Last week 167.50; Last year 168.50.

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 7, 2014
Report Supplied By USDA

CATTLE: 1742; Last week 2175; Last year 2751. CALVES: 1788; Last week 1887; Last year 1779.

This week in Lancaster County, winter storms slowed transportation of livestock as a double weather system dropped several inches of snow, ice, and sleet. Cattle haulers were unable to load out livestock from many of the local farms.

Cattle markets remained elevated both for steers and cull cows, promoted mostly by the lighter supplies. Demand has been moderate.

Direct cattle trades in the Midwest have been light as of Thursday with only a few reported sales at 139.00-141.00, a sizable drop from the previous week.

Box beef prices have eroded at a faster pace pulling an additional 10.00/cwt off since last weeks close to this Thursday's quote of 213.51/cwt for the Choice cutout value. This is about 27.00/cwt lower than its peak roughly 2 weeks ago. It appears the drop has come on as fast as the peak, although tight cattle supplies have kept the live steer price from backing up as quickly.

USDA's Cattle inventory report was released last Friday, revealing much as the industry expected. The US cattle herd was reduced by 2% this past year to 87.7 million head, the lowest on hand since 1951. Most of this reduction was seen in beef cows and feedlot inventories.

Milk cows and dairy replacement heifers were relatively unchanged since the prior year. The one key aspect of the report was beef heifers held for replacements was up 2%, giving indication that there is every intent to expand the cattle herd if weather cooperates through the spring and summer. Even at that, the feedlot sector won't see these calves coming into feedlots until 2015.

National Beef has made plans to close their plant in California due to declining supplies of fed cattle in the area. This is the second major plant closure due to reduce cattle supplies, the first being roughly a year ago when Cargill closed its beef plant in Plainview, TX. Other sizable plant closures last year also included San Angelo Packing in San Angelo, TX and Martins Abattoir in Godwin, NC.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 149.00-153.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 146.00-148.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 140.00- 145.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 129.00-132.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1700 lbs 124.00-128.00; SELECT 2-3: 1350-1650 lbs 118.00-122.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1100-1300 lbs 147.00-150.00; CHOICE 2-3; 1300 lbs 143.50; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1350 lbs 136.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 87.00-90.00, Low dress 81.00-86.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 86.00-92.00, High dress 93.00-100.00, Low dress 79.00-86.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 85.50-92.00, High dress 93.50-98.50, Low dress 79.00-85.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 82.00-89.50, Low dress 69.00-82.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 930-1640 lbs 106.00-112.00, high dress 114.00-124.00, very high dress 130.00-134.00, low dress 91.00-105.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with good demand. Weather conditions held up the trade on Monday, but most of that volume was carried over into sales later in the week. Heifers sold weak with light demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 340.00-367.00/cwt this week, with a weighted average value of 350.48/cwt (Hide-off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-110 lbs 160.00-185.00, 80-90 lbs 130.00-150.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 130.00-160.00, 80-90 lbs 120.00-130.00; #3: 80-105 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY: 65-95 lbs 35.00-65.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 140.00-142.00, 90-113 lbs 160.00-172.00; #2: 84-114 lbs 147.00-162.00; #3: 93-109 lbs 105.00-125.00, 81-83 lbs 82.00-91.00, 74 lbs 35.00; UTILITY: 91-105 lbs 50.00, 73-83 lbs 22.00-30.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-110 lbs 125.00-135.00, 85 lbs 80.00; #2: 93-103 lbs 115.00-117.00, 75-84 lbs 50.00-72.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 72-90 lbs 25.00-47.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 140.00-155.00, 90-112 lbs 168.00-172.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 135.00, 80-118 lbs 152.00-161.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 115.00-118.00, 80-98 lbs 72.00-100.00, 72-78 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 30.00-45.00, 60-78 lbs 20.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-110 lbs 90.00-125.00; #2: 75-105 lbs 60.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-95 lbs 15.00-40.00.

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.
Feb. 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 323, last week 631, last year 710. CALVES: 119, last week 469, last year 428.

A very light supply of cattle on offer for Monday’s sale. A winter storm slowed movement of cattle in and out of the sale locations. Of the cattle sold, slaughter cows traded mostly steady with some weakness noted for lean cows. Bulls traded 2.00 lower. Demand was moderate overall. Cattle supply included 64 slaughter steers, 35 heifers, 92 cows, 70 bulls, and 62 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 94.50-98.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 87.00-92.50, High dress 92.50-96.00, Low dress 81.00-85.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 83.00-88.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 77.00-82.00, High dress 83.00-84.00, Low dress 72.00-75.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 930-1640 lbs 106.00-112.00, high dress 114.00-124.00, very high dress 130.00-134.00, low dress 99.00-105.00.

CALVES: A very light run of calves sold 10.00-20.00 higher with moderate demand. Most of the advancement in the market was related to tight supplies. Heifers were too lightly tested to establish a market. All calves are Holstein unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 95-110 lbs 160.00-185.00, 80-90 lbs 130.00-150.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 130.00-160.00, 80-90 lbs 120.00-130.00; #3: 80-105 lbs 60.00-80.00; UTILITY: 65-95 lbs 35.00-65.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: No test.

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. 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 83; Last week 290. CALVES: 11; Last week 137.

A winter storm limited transportation on Monday resulting in very light receipts. From the light supply of cattle, slaughter steers sold mostly steady, while cows advanced on a firmer undertone. Cattle supply consisted of 55 steers, 03 heifers, 25 cows, 00 bulls, and 00 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1395-1625 lbs 149.00-154.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1230-1650 lbs 144.00-148.00; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1460 lbs 139.50- 143.50.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 88.00-90.00, High dress 94.00-97.50, Low dress 79.50-85.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 90.00-92.00, Low dress 79.00-85.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 82.50-85.50, Low dress 74.00-75.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Feb. 4, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 402; Last week 338; Last year 457. CALVES: 895; Last week 597; Last year 610.

Compared to last week: Not enough Slaughter Holstein steers for a comparison. A steady undertone was noted. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00-2.00 lower compared to last week. Demand was good. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 6 steers, 19 heifers, 364 cows, 7 bulls, and 6 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Low dress 83.50-85.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 86.00-90.00, High dress 93.00-97.00, Low dress 79.00-85.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 85.50-90.00, High dress 93.50, Low dress 79.00-85.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 75.00-82.00, High dress 83.00-83.50, Low dress 69.00-74.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1020-2025 lbs avg dress 93.50-97.00, high dress 104.50-112.00, low dress 85.00-92.00.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher. Heifer calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower. Demand was good. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 708 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 122 lbs 140.00-142.00, 90-113 lbs 160.00-172.00; #2: 84-114 lbs 147.00-162.00; #3: 93-109 lbs 105.00-125.00, 81-83 lbs 82.00-91.00, 74 lbs 35.00; UTILITY; 91-105 lbs 50.00, 73-83 lbs 22.00-30.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 93-110 lbs 125.00-135.00, 85 lbs 80.00; #2: 93-103 lbs 115.00-117.00, 75-84 lbs 50.00-72.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 72-90 lbs 25.00-47.00.

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

NOTE: Next Feeder Sale February 14.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 6, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 846; Last week 916; Last year 898. CALVES: 763; Last week 684; Last year 624.

Compared to last Thursday's sale, Slaughter steers sold mostly steady to 1.00 lower compared to last week. Demand was very good. Holstein steers sold mostly weak compared last week. Heifers sold mostly steady on a very light test. Slaughter cows sold mostly steady on very good demand. Cattle supplies included 223 slaughter steers; 60 heifers; 532 cows; 23 bulls; and 8 feeder calves. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1300-1650 lbs 149.00-153.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 146.00-148.50; SELECT 2-3: 1250-1600 lbs 140.00-145.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1450-1600 lbs 129.00-132.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1350-1700 lbs 124.00-128.00; SELECT 2-3: 1350-1650 lbs 118.00-122.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1100-1300 lbs 147.00-150.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1300 lbs 143.50; SELECT 2-3: 1300-1350 lbs 136.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 86.00-90.00, High dress 92.00-94.00, Low dress 81.00-85.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 88.00-93.00, High dress 95.00-100.00, Low dress 82.00-87.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 87.00-92.00, High dress 94.00-98.50, Low dress 81.00-86.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 84.50-89.50, High dress 91.00, Low dress 73.00-84.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 985-2220 lbs 109.00-111.00, very high dress 128.00, low dress 91.00-97.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week Holstein bulls sold mostly steady. Heifers sold 10.00-20.00 lower. Demand was good for all classes. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 466 head for Thursday's sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 140.00-155.00, 90-112 lbs 168.00-172.00; #2: 120-128 lbs 135.00, 80-118 lbs 152.00-161.00; #3: 100-130 lbs 115.00-118.00, 80-98 lbs 72.00-100.00, 72-78 lbs 30.00; UTILITY: 80-110 lbs 30.00-45.00, 60-78 lbs 20.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 80-110 lbs 90.00-125.00; #2: 75-105 lbs 60.00-100.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-95 lbs 15.00-40.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587.

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Sale
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Feb. 1, 2014
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 62.00-179.00, 501-700 lbs 69.00-175.00, 701+ lbs 75.00-167.00.

BEEF HEIFERS: 301-500 lbs 50.00-161.00, 501-700 lbs 58.00-176.00, 701+ lbs 63.00-153.00.

BEEF BULLS: 301-500 lbs 64.00-202.50, 501-700 lbs 67.00-176.00, 701+ lbs 71.00-158.00.

HOLSTEINS: 301-500 lbs 65.00-113.00, 501-700 lbs 68.00-110.00, 701+ lbs 76.00-105.00.

BRED REPLACEMENTS (hd): 440.00-1370.00.

VA Graded Feeder Cattle Summary
Richmond, Va.
Jan. 30, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

State Graded Weighted Average for Jan 23-29, 2014. Sales at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Radiant and Springlake.

Feeder Cattle: 2,055 head (Steers 588; Heifers 958; Bulls 509); Last Week 3,096; Last Year 782.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 220.00-225.00; 61 head, 400-500 lbs 173.00-209.50; 100 head, 500-600 lbs 159.00-189.00; 90 head, 600-700 lbs 135.00-173.50; 40 head, 700-800 lbs 147.00-160.00; 8 head, 800-900 lbs 138.50-143.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 12 head, 500-600 lbs 177.00; 11 head, 600-700 lbs 160.00. MED/LGE 2: 15 head, 300-400 lbs 121.00-219.00; 50 head, 400-500 lbs 161.00-210.00; 62 head, 500-600 lbs 159.00-189.00; 28 head, 600-700 lbs 154.00-174.50; 7 head, 700-800 lbs 148.00-156.50; 12 head, 800-900 lbs 137.00-150.75; 14 head, 900-1000 lbs 143.50-144.50. MED/LGE 3: 5 head, 300-400 lbs 170.00-197.00; 16 head, 400-500 lbs 161.00-205.50; 11 head, 500-600 lbs 158.00-175.50; 7 head, 600-700 lbs 140.00-147.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 221.50-225.50; 111 head, 400-500 lbs 175.00-209.25; 44 head, 500-600 lbs 154.00-174.75; 17 head, 600-700 lbs 139.00-161.00. MED/LGE 1-2: 7 head, 600-700 lbs 140.00. MED/LGE 2: 33 head, 300-400 lbs 212.50-225.00; 165 head, 400-500 lbs 130.00-213.50; 55 head, 500-600 lbs 140.00-176.75; 14 head, 600-700 lbs 125.00-162.00. MED/LGE 3: 6 head, 400-500 lbs 153.00-185.00; 10 head, 500-600 lbs 135.00-156.50.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 18 head, 300-400 lbs 180.00-185.00; 69 head, 400-500 lbs 159.00-177.00; 136 head, 500-600 lbs 139.00-165.00; 83 head, 600-700 lbs 130.00-157.75; 22 head, 700-800 lbs 132.25-141.50. MED/LGE 1-2: 4 head, 800-900 lbs 134.00. MED/LGE 2: 67 head, 300-400 lbs 165.00-189.25; 141 head, 400-500 lbs 162.00-176.00; 121 head, 500-600 lbs 140.00-166.00; 66 head, 600-700 lbs 136.00-165.50; 7 head, 700-800 lbs 128.00-143.50. MED/LGE 3: 31 head, 300-400 lbs 172.00-178.00; 79 head, 400-500 lbs 120.00-172.00; 39 head, 500-600 lbs 140.00-161.25; 4 head, 600-700 lbs 129.00-137.00.

Price and grade information is reported by VDACS Livestock Marketing and disseminated by Virginia Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of cattle at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included.

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

Lynchburg, VA Graded Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
Feb. 3, 2014
Report Supplied By USDA

All prices per cwt.

Feeder Cattle: 988 (Steers 284; Heifers 403; Bulls 301).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 26 head, 400-500 lbs 205.25; 38 head, 500-600 lbs 176.00-183.50; 23 head, 600-700 lbs 151.00-166.50; 6 head, 700-800 lbs 146.00-156.75. MED/LGE 2: 8 head, 300-400 lbs 213.50; 36 head, 400-500 lbs 206.00; 72 head, 500-600 lbs 163.50-184.25; 7 head, 700-800 lbs 143.00-152.50. MED/LGE 3: 9 head, 300-400 lbs 189.00; 10 head, 400-500 lbs 180.00-199.50; 14 head, 500-600 lbs 159.00-175.00; 5 head, 600-700 lbs 140.00-154.00. MED/LGE 1: 6 head, 300-400 lbs 182.00; 31 head, 400-500 lbs 173.50-175.75; 35 head, 500-600 lbs 148.00-156.00; 20 head, 600-700 lbs 136.00-149.50; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 132.50. MED/LGE 2: 30 head, 300-400 lbs 184.00-190.50; 73 head, 400-500 lbs 170.00-175.00; 47 head, 500-600 lbs 147.00-157.50; 18 head, 600-700 lbs 143.50; 4 head, 700-800 lbs 136.50. MED/LGE 3: 24 head, 300-400 lbs 144.00-179.50; 41 head, 400-500 lbs 161.00-170.50; 19 head, 500-600 lbs 145.50; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 127.00-129.50.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 11 head, 300-400 lbs 215.00; 42 head, 400-500 lbs 176.00-205.00; 22 head, 500-600 lbs 160.00-170.00; 8 head, 600-700 lbs 158.00. MED/LGE 2: 46 head, 300-400 lbs 217.00-222.00; 90 head, 400-500 lbs 188.75-213.25; 35 head, 500-600 lbs 158.00-173.50; 9 head, 600-700 lbs 160.00.

Price and grade information is reported by VDACS Livestock Marketing and disseminated by Virginia Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of cattle at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included.

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

Staunton, VA Feeder Cattle
Richmond, Va.
Jan. 31, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

All prices per cwt unless otherwise stated.

Feeder Cattle: 900 head (Steers 400, Heifers 300, Bulls 200).

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 225.00-235.00, 400-500 lbs 193.50-224.00, 500-600 lbs 185.00-203.00, 600-700 lbs 152.00-175.00, 700-800 lbs 145.00-171.50, 800-900 lbs 140.00-164.00, 900-1000 lbs 141.00; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 177.50-202.50, 400-500 lbs 172.00-197.50, 500-600 lbs 165.00-191.00, 600-700 lbs 148.00-169.00, 700-800 lbs 141.00-148.00, 800-900 lbs 139.00-144.00, 900-1000 lbs 123.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 115.00-122.50, 400-500 lbs 82.50-147.50, 500-600 lbs 146.00, 600-700 lbs 131.00-140.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 200-300 lbs 190.00-200.00, 300-400 lbs 175.00-196.00, 400-500 lbs 161.00-185.00, 500-600 lbs 151.00-169.00, 600-700 lbs 139.00-163.00, 700-800 lbs 135.00-147.00, 800-900 lbs 110.00-121.00; MED/LGE 2: 200-300 lbs 185.00-195.00, 300-400 lbs 165.00-182.00, 400-500 lbs 145.00-169.00, 500-600 lbs 132.50-165.00, 600-700 lbs 138.00-145.00, 800-900 lbs 110.00; MED/LGE 3: 300-400 lbs 130.00-145.00, 400-500 lbs 121.00-132.50, 700-800 lbs 109.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: 300-400 lbs 200.00-235.00, 400-500 lbs 192.00-220.00, 500-600 lbs 158.00-171.00, 600-700 lbs 150.00-164.00, 700-800 lbs 135.00, 800-900 lbs 120.00-124.00; MED/LGE 2: 400-500 lbs 175.00-195.00, 500-600 lbs 157.00-177.00, 600-700 lbs 143.00-152.00, 700-800 lbs 117.50-135.00; MED/LGE 3: 400-500 lbs 112.00.

Price and grade information is reported by VDACS Livestock Marketing and disseminated by Virginia Market News Service. While market reports reflect the majority of cattle at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories and are not included.

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

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 968; Last Week: 1069; Year Ago: 1068.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Demand was good. Sows traded mostly 2.00-3.00 higher. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 69.00-75.00, 300-400 lbs 66.00-70.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 60.00-63.50, 300-400 lbs 61.00-65.00.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 56.00-61.00, 500-700 lbs 64.50-68.50.

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 Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 137; Last sale: 269.

No recent sale to trend Wednesday’s sale to as the most recent auction was from 3 weeks ago. An ice storm Tuesday night into Wednesday slowed movement of livestock resulting in a light run for Wednesday’s sale. In addition demand was light considering the higher risk of illness in unfavorable weather. The market traded with an overall weak undertone. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1: 33 head, 20-30 lbs 100.00-110.00; 27 head, 30-35 lbs 150.00-180.00; 45 head, 35-40 lbs 110.00-140.00; 23 head, 40-50 lbs 130.00-160.00; 4 head, 60-90 lbs 100.00-130.00.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale will be Feb. 19.

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

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 3, 2014
Report Supplied by Auction

25 total head. Overall market steady despite snow storm. Prices per head.

Work: 50.00.

Driving: 325.00-400.00.

Riding: 250.00-400.00.

Better Riding: 400.00-975.00.

Registered Riding: 250.00-310.00.

Ponies: 50.00-150.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 3, 2014
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 2007; Last Monday: 1628; Year Ago: 1606.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1367; Last Monday: 1184; Year Ago: 1178.

SHEEP/LAMBS: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs traded steady to 10.00 higher. Slaughter ewes traded mostly steady. Slaughter supply consisted of 74 percent lambs, 21 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: 60-80 lbs 222.00-224.00, hair sheep 210.00-224.00, 80-110 lbs 184.00-210.00, hair sheep 188.00- 216.00, 110-120 lbs 188.00-214.00, hair sheep 184.00-188.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-60 lbs 218.00-275.00, hair sheep 222.00-285.00, 60-80 lbs 232.00-238.00, hair sheep 218.00-240.00, 80-90 lbs hair sheep 220.00-225.00, 100-110 lbs 214.00-218.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 60-80 lbs hair sheep 200.00-214.00, 100-110 lbs hair sheep 170.00-190.00, 110-120 lbs 170.00-186.00, hair sheep 132.00-176.00, 130-160 lbs 154.00-160.00, hair sheep 130.00-140.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 80-100 lbs 127.00-145.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 90-120 lbs hair sheep 94.00-112.00, 130-160 lbs 78.00-90.00, hair sheep 84.00-110.00, 160-200 lbs 82.00-91.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 110-160 lbs 62.00-92.00, 160-190 lbs 56.00-82.00; CULL 1-2: 120-160 lbs 40.00-72.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 120-150 lbs hair sheep 102.00-127.00, 140-150 lbs 90.00-116.00, 200-250 lbs 72.00-82.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady to 10.00 higher. Slaughter Nanny goats sold mostly 10.00-20.00 lower. No comparison on Billies due to computer error last week. Demand was moderate for all classes. Buye4r turnout light due to latest winter storm. Overall quality poor. Slaughter supply consisted of 69 percent Slaughter Kids, 24 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 7 percent bucks/billies and whethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS (hd): SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 140.00-144.00, 60-80 lbs 164.00-210.00, 80-110 lbs 160.00-208.00; SEL 2: 40-60 lbs 116.00-136.00, 60-80 lbs 135.00-150.00, 80-110 lbs 130.00- 150.00; SEL 3: 40-60 lbs 56.00-98.00, 60-80 lbs 66.00-90.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES (hd): SEL 1: 90-120 lbs 140.00-155.00, 120-135 lbs 140.00-177.00; SEL 2: 80-120 lbs 110.00-140.00; SEL 3: 80-110 lbs 94.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES (hd): SEL 1: 120-150 lbs 180.00- 280.00, 150-160 lbs 240.00-300.00; SEL 2: 130-140 lbs 152.00-157.00.

SLAUGHTER WHETHERS (hd): SEL 1: 70-90 lbs 187.00-265.00, 90-120 lbs 180.00-290.00, 120-140 lbs 220.00-260.00; SEL 2: 70-80 lbs 152.00-177.00, 120-140 lbs 152.00-157.00; SEL 3: 80-110 lbs 80.00-112.00.

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

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 175; Last Sale: 292; Last Year: 206.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold mostly steady to 100.00 lower. Demand was good. Heifers traded mostly 100.00 lower compared to last week on a light test. Demand was good. Wednesday’s supply included 102 fresh milking cows, 8 short-bred cows, 4 springing cows, 4 short-bred heifers, 37 springing heifers, 17 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: 1975.00-2350.00; Approved: 1700.00-1950.00; Medium: 1400.00-1650.00; Common: 1000.00-1375.00.

SHORT BRED COWS (1-3 months): Common: 1025.00-1100.00.

CULL COWS: 500.00-1150.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1600.00-1800.00; Approved: 1400.00-1575.00; Medium: 1250.00-1350.00; Common: 1050.00-1175.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS (1-3 months): Appoved: 1300.00-1350.00

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Approved: 400.00-450.00; Medium: 300.00-335.00. 600-900 LBS: Approved: 800.00 Individual; Medium: 475.00-560.00. 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 1000.00 Individual.

BULLS: 1200-1500 lbs 1200.00-1525.00.

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

Note: Special heifer sale Feb. 12.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Feb. 5, 2014
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 2.1207-2.3858.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices 2.07-2.10. Northeast - Class III - spot prices 1.62-1.65.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 80; LAST WK: In 0, Out 53; LAST YR: In 0, Out 20. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: In 0, Out 0.

The Southeast region is experiencing yet another severe winter storm. Milk transports are experiencing delays and logistic problems with bottling plants being shorted loads. This situation is occurring, as many bottlers and manufacturers were playing catch-up after last week’s storm. Portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions are also experiencing numerous weather related problems, causing interruptions in manufacturing schedules.

Class I demand is strong as retailers are experiencing runs on dairy products. Class I demand in Florida is good, but not strong enough to clear all the carryover supplies following last week’s storm. There were 80 spot loads exported this week. Milk production is increasing as weather conditions have improved.

Cream supplies are increasing as standardized cream volumes have expanded, giving cream based dairy product manufacturers the opportunity to purchase additional loads. Extra cream supplies are being utilized within the region. Cream multiples for all classes ranged from 1.12-1.26.

Condensed skim supplies are uneven, due to the winter storms. Manufacturers are filling contracts and channeling a majority of the excess volumes to Class IV production.

DAIRY PRODUCTS: According to NASS, hard ice cream production in the Atlantic region for December totaled 8.3 million gallons, 22.0% less than last year. U.S. yogurt production (plain and flavored) for December totaled 378.7 million pounds, up 4.9% from last year. Cumulative production for 2013 totaled 4.6 billion pounds, 5.3% higher than 2012.

SOURCE: Rick Whipp, rick.whipp@ams.usda.gov, 608-278-4151.

Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Feb. 5, 2014
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 $1.79 per pound for the week ending February 1, 2014. The United States (US) price per pound increased 12.3 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $2.23 per pound for the week ending February 1, 2014. The price per pound increased 9.1 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $2.23 per pound, up 8.5 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 61.4 cents per pound for the week ending February 1, 2014. The US price per pound increased 0.5 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 $2.06 per pound for the week ending February 1, 2014. The US price per pound increased 2.0 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Dairy Products Update
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 4, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total CHEESE output (excluding cottage cheese) was 973 million pounds, 2.3 percent above December 2012 and 4.9 percent above November 2013.

ITALIAN type cheese production totaled 433 million pounds, 5.6 percent above December 2012 and 8.1 percent above November 2013.

AMERICAN type cheese production totaled 376 million pounds, 2.2 percent below December 2012 but 6.6 percent above November 2013.

BUTTER production was 161 million pounds, 6.9 percent below December 2012 but 12.9 percent above November 2013.

DRY MILK POWDERS (comparisons with December 2012) Nonfat dry milk, human - 125 million pounds, down 20.8 percent. Skim milk powders - 58.1 million pounds, up 52.4 percent.

WHEY PRODUCTS (comparisons with December 2012) Dry whey, total - 82.1 million pounds, down 8.0 percent. Lactose, human and animal - 92.3 million pounds, up 5.0 percent. Whey protein concentrate, total - 43.2 million pounds, up 12.4 percent.

FROZEN PRODUCTS (comparisons with December 2012) Ice cream, regular (hard) - 43.1 million gallons, down 11.0 percent. Ice cream, lowfat (total) - 21.7 million gallons, down 14.3 percent. Sherbet (hard) - 2.19 million gallons, down 23.8 percent. Frozen yogurt (total) - 4.40 million gallons, down 2.7 percent.

Released February 4, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Feb. 3, 2014
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: 4.32 bu, 7.73 cwt.

WHEAT, No. 2: 5.52 bu, 9.21 cwt.

BARLEY, No. 3: 3.48 bu, 7.45 cwt.

OATS, No. 2: 3.41 bu, 10.65 cwt.

SOYBEANS, No. 2: 12.74 bu, 21.28 cwt.

EAR CORN: 115.50 ton, 5.78 cwt.

ALFALFA HAY: 230.00 ton, 11.50 cwt.

MIXED HAY: 210.00 ton, 10.50 cwt.

TIMOTHY HAY: 190.00 ton, 9.50 cwt.

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Feb. 3, 2014
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions

Prices per ton. Hay: 187 loads. Straw: 36 loads. ALFALFA: 150.00-355.00. MIXED: 70.00-375.00. TIMOTHY: 80.00-270.00. GRASS: 65.00-410.00. STRAW: 75.00-250.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions

Prices per ton. Hay: 157 loads; Straw: 36 loads. ALFALFA: 115.00-300.00. MIXED: 75.00-320.00. TIMOTHY: 90.00-320.00. GRASS: 70.00-300.00. STRAW: 80.00-185.00.

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

PA Grain Report
New Holland, Pa.
Feb. 3, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

When compared to last week’s opening cash bids: Things have been quite in the grain in bean markets, which is typically the case in the midst of winter. Corn advanced slightly from last week’s opening bids. Beans were on both sides of the trade. Export markets have been relatively quiet with the Chinese New Year slowing the trade in the Asian markets. South American beans are showing some good yields and harvest is on schedule with little to no problems. The influx in supply should help ease export demand for US beans to Asian markets. Local new crop corn, bean, and wheat contracts are currently being offered for the 2014 crop year. Bids are posted at the bottom of the report reflecting a basis off the November and December CME price. All grain and soybean prices are quoted per bushel delivered to the mill or elevator. Bases reflect last Friday’s CME close against Monday morning’s spot cash bids.

Us No 2 Yellow Corn: EASTERN: 4.2400-4.6900, up 4-up 5, -10h to 35h, dn 0.5-up 0.5. CENTRAL: 4.1500-4.7400, up 5-up 10, -19h to 40h, up 0.5-up 5.5. WESTERN: 3.8400-4.0600, unch-up 12, -50h to -28h, dn 4.5-up 7.5.

Us No 2 Soft Red Winter Wheat: EASTERN: 5.3000-5.8700, dn 71-dn 83, -26h to 31h, dn 62-dn 74. CENTRAL: 5.5000-6.3000, dn 107-dn 34, -6h to 74h, dn 98-dn 25.

Us No 3 Feed Barley: CENTRAL: 3.3000-3.8000, up 55-up 50.

Us No 2 White Oats: EASTERN: 3.0000-3.7500, no comp, -106h to -31h, no comp. CENTRAL: 3.0000-3.8000, unch-up 55, -106h to -26h, dn 10-up 45. WESTERN: 3.5000-4.0000, unch, -56h to -6h, dn 10.

Us No 2 Soybeans: EASTERN: 12.5000-12.9800, dn 5-dn 3, -33h to 15h, dn 3-dn 1. CENTRAL: 12.0000-12.8700, dn 30-up 19, -83h to 4h, dn 28-up 21. WESTERN: 12.8600-12.9700, up 64-up 10, 3h to 14h, up 66-up 12.

Average Bid Price: EASTERN: Corn 4.47; Wheat 5.52; Oats 3.32; Soybeans 12.71. CENTRAL: Corn 4.49; Wheat 5.93; Barley 3.48; Oats 3.29; Soybeans 12.58. WESTERN: Corn 3.99; Wheat 5.10; Oats 3.63; Soybeans 12.94.

Eastern Contracts: CORN: 4.3000-4.7500, no comp, -20z to 25z, no comp. WHEAT: 5.3000-5.8700, no comp, -53z to 4z, no comp. SOYBEANS: 10.4000-10.9100, no comp, -64.5x to -13.5x, no comp.

Chicago Board of Trade month symbols: F January, G February, H March, J April, K May, M June, N July, Q August, U September, V October, X November, Z December.

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

KEY: Region: Bid price, change in price compared to last week, basis, change in basis.

National Organic Grain & Feedstuffs
Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 5, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA

Bi-Weekly Weighted Average Report for the Week 1/24/14 to 2/1/14.

Prices for reported commodites are steady to slightly lower than previously reported prices. Market activity is moderate for all reported commodities. Demand for feed grade organic corn and soybeans is moderate to good. The supply of organic hay remaines light. Trucking issues have continued to be a problem across all commodity industries due to repeated extreme winter storms over the last few weeks.

Prices negotiated spot market, FOB the farm. Prices quoted $/bushel, except soybean meal ($/ton and FOB the mill) and roasted soybeans, $/ton. Hay reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted. Soybean oil, sunflowers, spelt, cents/lb.

ORGANIC CORN: FOOD YELLOW: last year 16.14. FEED YELLOW: 10.25-12.00, last report 10.32, last year 14.14.

ORGANIC SOYBEANS: FOOD GRADE: 28.00-29.00, last report 30.33. FEED GRADE: last report 23.51, last year 26.64. MEAL: last report 1050.00, last year 1135.00. OIL: last report 0.55.

ORGANIC BARLEY: FEED GRADE: 8.50.

ORGANIC WHEAT: FEED GRADE HRS: last report 19.33. FEED GRADE SRW: last year 14.27. FOOD GRADE HRW: last year 13.48. FEED GRADE HRW: last year 13.15.

ALFALFA: Supreme: 300.00.

Source: USDA Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News. Jodee Pitcock, 515-284-4460.

NOTE: For a complete listing, visit www.ams.usda.gov/LPSMarketNewsPage.

U.S. & Canadian Cattle & Sheep Inventory
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 31, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

January 1 Cattle Inventory Down 2%

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014 totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951.

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 38.3 million, were down 1 percent from the 38.5 million on January 1, 2013. 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 29.0 million, were down 1 percent from January 1, 2013.

Milk cows, at 9.2 million, unchanged from January 1, 2013.

Other class estimates on January 1, 2014 and the change from January 1, 2013, are as follows:

All heifers 500 pounds and over, 18.8 million, down 2 percent.

Beef replacement heifers, 5.5 million, up 2 percent.

Milk replacement heifers, 4.5 million, unchanged.

Other heifers, 8.7 million, down 5 percent.

Steers weighing 500 pounds and over, 15.4 million, down 3 percent.

Bulls weighing 500 pounds and over, 2.0 million, down 1 percent.

Calves under 500 pounds, 13.3 million, down 4 percent.

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in all feedlots, 12.7 million, down 5 percent.

The combined total of calves under 500 pounds, and other heifers and steers over 500 pounds outside of feedlots was 24.7 million, down 3 percent.

Calf Crop Down 1%

The 2013 calf crop was estimated at 33.9 million head, down 1 percent from 2012. This is the smallest calf crop since the 33.7 million born during 1949. Calves born during the first half of 2013 are estimated at 24.7 million, down 1 percent from 2012.

Revisions

All inventory and calf crop estimates for January 1, 2013 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 January 31, 2014, 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, 2014
Reports supplied by USDA/NASS

Shell Eggs Broken Down 4%

Shell eggs broken totaled 172 million dozen during December 2013, down 4 percent from December a year ago, but slightly above the 172 million broken last month.

During calendar year 2013 through December, shell eggs broken totaled 2,134 million dozen, up 1 percent from the comparable period in 2012. To date, cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2013 was 2,760 million pounds, up 1 percent from 2012.

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 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. December 2013 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Released January 31, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Sheep & Goat Inventory
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 31, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Total Sheep, Lamb Inventory Down 2%

All sheep and lamb INVENTORY in the United States on January 1, 2014, totaled 5.21 million head, down 2 percent from 2013. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 3.88 million head on January 1, 2014, down 2 percent from 3.98 million head on January 1, 2013. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.07 million head, were 2 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2014, totaled 1.33 million head, down 2 percent from January 1, 2013. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total market inventory. Twenty-five percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 11 percent were 65 84 pounds, 24 percent were 85 105 pounds, and 34 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent of total market inventory.

THE 2013 LAMB CROP of 3.37 million head, was down 2 percent from 2012. The 2013 lambing rate was 107 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2013, down 2 percent from 2012.

SHORN WOOL production in the United States during 2013 was 27.0 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2012. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.70 million head, also down 1 percent from 2012. The average price paid for wool sold in 2013 was $1.45 per pound for a total value of 39.2 million dollars, down 6 percent from 41.6 million dollars in 2012.

SHEEP DEATH LOSS during 2013 totaled 225 thousand head, a decrease of 2 percent from 2012. Lamb death loss decreased 1 percent from 365 thousand head in 2012 to 360 thousand head in 2013.

Total Goat and Kid Inventory Down 2%

All goat INVENTORY in the United States on January 1, 2014, totaled 2.76 million head, down 2 percent from 2013. Breeding goat inventory totaled 2.26 million head, down 3 percent from 2013. Does one year old and older, at 1.69 million head, were 3 percent below last year’s number. Market goats and kids totaled 500 thousand head, up 2 percent from a year ago.

KID CROP for 2013 totaled 1.74 million head for all goats, down 3 percent from 2012.

MEAT and all other goats totaled 2.28 million head on January 1, 2014, down 2 percent from 2013. Milk goat inventory was 355 thousand head, down 1 percent from January 1, 2013, while Angora goats were down 4 percent, totaling 131 thousand head.

MOHAIR PRODUCTION in the United States during 2013 was 790 thousand pounds. Goats and kids clipped totaled 141 thousand head. Average weight per clip was 5.6 pounds. Mohair price was $4.25 per pound with a value of 3.36 million dollars.

Released January 31, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apple Processing Report
Fresno, Calif.
Jan. 30, 2014
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

Utilized for Processing in 1 ton Units in Appalachian District

JUICE APPLES: Week ending 1/4: 189; Week ending 1/11: 725; Week ending 1/18: 684; Week ending 1/25: 1251; 2013 to date: 30280; 2012 to date: 39370; Final 2012: 56428.

CANNER APPLES: Week ending 1/4: 568; Week ending 1/11: 4681; Week ending 1/18: 6849; Week ending 1/25: 3298; 2013 to date: 121729; 2012 to date: 105987; Final 2012: 207550.

TOTAL APPLES: Week ending 1/4: 757; Week ending 1/11: 5406; Week ending 1/18: 7533; Week ending 1/25: 4549; 2013 to date: 152009; 2012 to date: 145357; Final 2012: 263978.

Trading

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT(VA, WV, MD, PA): Trading moderate. Prices steady. Canners U.S. One f.o.b. packing house or receiving station per cwt Golden Delicious, York, McIntosh 2 3/4 inch minimum $9.00-11.00 few lower, 2 1/2 inch minimum $7.50-10.00, Other Varieties 2 3/4 inch minimum $7.50-9.00, 2 1/2 inch minimum $7.50-8.50 mostly 7.50; Straight loads of juice stock per hundredweight (cwt) U.S. Cider grade various varieties $5.00-6.00 mostly 5.50-6.00 occasional higher.

NEW YORK: Movement of apples for juice stock and canners/peelers is expected to remain about the same. Trading is fairly light for Juice Stock and Canners/Peelers. Prices about steady. Purchase prices are variety, size and quality dependent. Prices for processing apples on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 F.O.B. packing house or receiving station per cwt. 2013 crop: Juice Stock - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $5.50-8.00, mostly $5.50-$6.75, occasional higher. Includes previous commitments. Canners/Peelers - (Utilizing All Available Varieties): $7.50 Includes previous commitments.

APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE IMPORTS PORTS OF ENTRY EAST COAST: Prices for apple juice concentrate for the period January 23 - 29, 2014. Acidity 1.0-2.2 percent weight/weight as malic acid, color 40-70 percent, brix minimum of 70.0, various containers (drums, bins, or bulk liquid packaging). Sales Ex Doc, excludes freight charges, all duties paid, containers included unless otherwise stated. Prices offered to importers per gallon basis in U.S. Dollars. China $8.20-8.30.

Shipping Point Trends

NEW YORK: Shipments 96-95-83 Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum Empire and Red Delicious mostly 16.00-18.00, Cortland and Golden Delicious mostly 16.00-17.00, Gala mostly 18.00-19.00, Macoun and McIntosh mostly 16.00-18.00, Rome mostly 15.00-16.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 23.00-25.00, 100s mostly 22.00-25.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 22.00-23.00, 100s mostly 20.00-22.00; Cortland 80s-88s mostly 23.00, 100s mostly 22.00- 23.00; Macoun 80s-88s mostly 26.00-27.00, 100s mostly 24.00-25.00; Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy cell pack McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 23.00-25.00, 100s mostly 22.00-25.00; Empire 80s-88s mostly 22.00-23.00, 100s mostly 20.00-22.00.

APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV): Shipments 29-36-35, Export 3-2-2 adjusted Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly good. Prices unchanged. Cartons traypack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72s-100s mostly 20.00; Golden Delicious 72s-88s 20.00- 22.00, 100s mostly 20.00; McIntosh 80s-88s mostly 25.00; cartons 12 3-pound film bags U.S. Extra Fancy 2 1/2 inch minimum Red Delicious mostly 17.00-18.00, Golden Delicious mostly 17.00-18.00, Granny Smith 20.00-21.00, Red Rome mostly 17.00-18.00, and McIntosh mostly 18.00. Export to El Salvador, Honduras and Israel. Quality very good.

NEW ENGLAND: Shipments 9-11-8 Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Monday, January 27, 2014 Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2 1/2 inch minimum McIntosh 18.50-22.00. Cartons U.S. Extra Fancy tray pack McIntosh 80s-100s 27.50-29.50.

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


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